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Binding: DVD
EAN: 9786000791674
ISBN: 6000791674
Label: Discovery Communications, Inc.
Manufacturer: Discovery Communications, Inc.
Model: 791673
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Discovery Communications, Inc.
Region Code: 1
Running Time: 50
Studio: Discovery Communications, Inc.

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Unsolved History is history the way it was! Through detailed examination of archeological and forensic evidence, existing photographs, authentic artifacts, and carefully selected interviews from eyewitnesses and experts - events are reconstructed and historical questions are finally answered. Take a modern-day look at 16th century Japan's elite assassins and uncover the secrets of the most feared and least understood warriors ever. Legend tells of the extraordinary powers of the ninja - invisibility, clairvoyance and even the ability to defy gravity. But were these seemingly mythical super powers real, or merely the product of sophisticated weapons technology, coupled with superbly conceived training and practice? Join present-day ninja Stephen Hayes and a team of historians and espionage experts as they put the ninja's fantastic abilities to the test and measure how this elite killer might perform in today's world of high-tech espionage. Learn how the ninja were able to pull off tricks like scaling a sheer rock wall, how they designed their homes to trick their enemies into thinking they were invisible and even who would win in a fight between a ninja and a Japanese samurai. Then, meet the 21st century's equivalent to the ninja - the Navy SEAL - and watch as each combatant is pitted against one another in a specially designed stealth exercise to see just how applicable the ninja's techniques are today.


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Summary: threadbare
Comment: A lot of boys and men love ninjas, so this is a surface-y discussion they might enjoy.
Still, they stopped speaking about real ninjas one-third or one-half way into the work. They then move on to the question, "Are SWAT team members the new ninjas?" Equating the present to the past help viewers who may get bored. A teacher once asked in a psychology class, "Are psychologists modern-day shamans?" There's a popular book equating businessmen of today (purposely gendered) to samurai. Still, this is a cop out in that we have much SWAT footage and little visual imagery of samurai, so of course the makers take the path of least resistance.
This work is very Western. Japanese actors may have been used for the cheesy reenactments, but all the interviewees are Western.
This work is just scant. There's no two ways about it.


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