When Kakashi ordered Team Seven to watch a movie starring Naruto's favorite actress, little did they know it constituted preparation for their next mission: escorting Yukie Fujikaze to the Land of Snow for her next movie. However, Yukie's personality and the presence of rogue shinobi who target her for their nefarious purposes complicate the mission...Released on 2004, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow was the first animated Naruto movie. The film was directed by Tensai Okamura and written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa. It chronologically takes place after episode 101 of the Naruto anime.
This movie provides examples of:
- Blow You Away: Princess Fūn, the character Yukie plays, uses wind powers.
- This is how Doto is defeated when Naruto hits him with a rainbow Rasengan that sends him flying into one of the device's generators.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Doto and his minions wear specially designed chakra-armor that blocks or deflects most of the team's ninjutsu. However while this protects them from chakra-based attacks, it does little to protect them from actual physical attacks. Kakashi lampshades and exploits this in the finale to take out Doto's dragon.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Yukie had to watch her home burn and her father die due to her uncle's treason. It left her more than a bit bitter.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Yukie, quite literally as she's the princess of a snow covered kingdom.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Yukie is seen drinking in a bar at the beginning of the film. When Naruto confronts her, she laments how difficult the life of an actress is.
- Evil Uncle: Doto, the main villain, is Yukie's uncle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yukie.
- An Ice Person: All the ninja in the Land of Snow use ice powers, and even have appropriate names to go with them.
- Shaggy Dog Story: For the villains, their whole plan revolved around getting Yuki's pendant, which Doto thinks is the key to a powerful weapon that her father left behind. It's not, it's a device that will change the climate of the land and temporarily, bring spring to the region. All Doto's efforts amounted to was finally activating it. Doto reacts to this as well as you might expect.
- Theme Naming: A whole lot of them, especially related to ice powers and snow.
- Nadare Rōga (狼牙雪崩) can be translated as "Wolf's Fang Avalanche", which is also the name of his special technique.
- Fubuki (吹雪) means "blizzard", and is included in the names of all her attacks.
- Mizore (霙) means "sleet".
- Koyuki Kazahana (風花小雪), Yukie's real name, is made of the words "snowflake" and "powdered snow". Fitting, as she's the princess of the Land of Snow.