What could be more exciting than heading out with your best friends to catch an action movie with your favourite stars and characters? Well, how about meeting those movie stars in person –- or better yet, being hired to serve as security for them? That’s what happens to Naruto, the prodigiously skilled yet incorrigibly foolish teenage ninja, and his comrades in Team 7 when their leader Kakashi unveils their latest assignment. They will travel to the Land of Snow to keep an eye on Fujikaze Yukie, the actress playing Princess Sky in the new movie. But her secret is that she is in fact a true princess, the rightful ruler of the Land of Snow, whose place was usurped by a renegade ninja clan many, many years before. She holds the key to the kingdom’s lost treasures, but if the bad guys want it, they’ll have to contend with Naruto and his team!
Debuting in 1999 in Japan’s immensely popular manga anthology magazine Shonen Jump, Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spun off into a TV anime series, which immediately triggered a tidal wave of adulation in the West upon its translation and release in 2005, quickly becoming the most popular title from manga importers VIZ and a smash success on TV. Today, Naruto’s fan following is on par with that of Dragon Ball Z, and those fans will be in seventh heaven when they dive into this outstanding addition to the Naruto mythology, the first of several truly impressive feature films. The design work is crisp and full-bodied, the action delivered with spectacular impact, the story solid and engaging -– and Naruto and his team as goofy, gallant and lovable as ever! Dig your winter clothes out of the closet, everyone, we’re off to the Land of Snow!
Director: Tensai Okamura
Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Cast: Junko Takeuchi
Producers: Animation Production Pierrot
Distributor: Viz Media