House of Ninjas (2024): A traditional and nostalgic series about ninjas on Netflix

Martin Cid
Martin Cid

House of Ninjas is a Japanese action series directed by Dave Boyle starring Kento Kaku, Yosuke Eguchi, Tae Kimura, and Kengo Kora among others.

They seem like a normal family, but they all have special abilities that they hide to avoid being discovered. In the shadow, and in present-day Tokyo, ninjas still exist (according to the series), living as regular people and working at a distillery where they hide their activities: stealing antiques that they later return; and above all, maintaining the balance of the city in the shadows by fighting threats.

A secret society that follows its own rules and silently maintains balance.

Do you fancy a series from the past, with action, a touch of humor and some intrigue? “House of Ninjas” is an entertaining series that captures the spirit of 80s movies and shows, with a dash of everything, creating a somewhat retro combination that will surely delight nostalgic viewers who are tired of the Generation Z trend.

About the series

Entertaining and very, very classic, especially in terms of pace and handling of sequences. Despite being an action series, it does not seek to create imbalances in editing or strong technical effects. The series knows how to keep the audience engaged with the stories of the family members and is a bit of a thriller that blends well with the action scenes.

It has a lot of 80s vibe, a lot of traditional Japanese spirit, and also a lot of that ninja myth that invaded the pop culture of those years. The series knows its target audience and doesn’t want to betray them by including new elements or updating the genre aesthetically, offering us more of a nostalgic series than a revolution in ninja themes.

Is it surprising? Not really, but it is well balanced and has a good plot with all the elements we expect: a bit of romance, a bit of tradition, and a lot of intrigue between good and evil, between transgressors and defenders of the city.

Our Opinion

In this occasion, Netflix presents us with a period series that knows how to stay true to its time, talking about characters who are also taken from another time, and insist on maintaining their spirit. Mission accomplished, although it doesn’t leave a lasting impact on a series that neither aims to make a cinematic impression nor will probably achieve it despite its good intentions.

Where to Watch “House of Ninjas”

Netflix

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The Cast

Kento Kaku
Kento Kaku
Tae Kimura
Tae Kimura
Yosuke Eguchi
Yosuke Eguchi
Kengo Kora
Kengo Kora
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