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‘Naruto: Shippuden – Blood Prison’ Trailers Released

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The fifth movie in the Naruto: Shippuden series (and eighth total) has had a pair of new trailers released for it today with a new 32 second teaser as well as a full length 90 second piece that goes a bit further into the story. Directed by Masahiko Murata (Gilgamesh, Jinki: Extend), the feature is set for release in Japan on July 30th based off of a script by Akira Higashiyama, his first credited screenplay. Only the first Shippuden movie has been released in the US by Viz Media while the second movie, which debuted in Japan in 2008, has not been followed up with yet. The most recent movie prior to this was in the summer of 2010 with The Lost Tower. All movies in the series have an average budget of around $30 million. All three movies from the original Naruto series have been licensed and released in the US from Viz Media.

Plot summary: After his capture for attempted assassination of the Raikage, leader of Kumogakure, as well as killing Jōnin from Kirigakure and Iwagakure, Naruto is imprisoned in Hōzukijou: A criminal containment facility known as the Blood Prison. Mui, the castle master, uses the ultimate imprisonment technique to steal power from the prisoners, which is when Naruto notices his life has been targeted. Thus begins the battle to uncover the truth behind the mysterious murders and prove Naruto’s innocence.

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