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Naruto 5: Blood Prison (劇場版 NARUTO-ナルト- ブラッド・プリズン, Gekijōban Naruto: Buraddo Purizun) is the eighth overall Naruto film and fifth Naruto: Shippuden film which was released on July 30, 2011 in Japanese theatres. Naruto is sent to a criminal confinement in the Land Hidden In the Grass, Naruto must find the culprit behind the incident and prevent him from opening a box of evil power.

Blood Prison features the following tropes (Beware of spoilers):

  • The Alcatraz: The titular "Blood Prison" is the ultimate criminal containment facility in Naruto's world. All prisoners are branded with a cursed seal that inflicts intense pain if they attempt to use ninjutsu, and outright incinerates them if they somehow manage to leave the building.
  • Anti-Villain: Mui is responsible for everything that goes wrong in the film, but his motives are noble: all he wishes is to bring back his son, who was sacrificed to the Box of Paradise years ago.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Box of Paradise is a mysterious artifact that is said to grant the wishes of those who feed it enough chakra. Fail to meet its requirements and it will trap you inside it for eternity. Succeed and it will NOT grant any wishes, but release an Eldritch Abomination bent on feeding it more prisoners.
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  • Batman Gambit: Tsunade purposefully sent Naruto to the prison so they could expose the box and destroy it.
  • Big Bad: Mui's son, Muku, becomes the main antagonist once he is released from the Box of Paradise. Corrupted by the many years he spent trapped inside the artifact, he mutates into the demon Satori and starts wreaking havok across the Blood Prison.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Naruto's name is cleared and Muku finally finds peace, but Mui has been killed by the very person he was hoping to reunite with, and Ryuzetsu has sacrificed her own life to save Naruto.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Mui can stop a person from using chakra. But luckily it doesn't work on Sage chakra.
  • The Cameo: Jiraiya, Sasuke and Minato make brief appearances as Naruto reminisces of the people that are important to him, but aren't mentioned or influence the plot in any other capacity.
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  • Clear My Name: Seems to be the initial premise while Naruto dealt with things in the prison Subverted, he was innocent all along and Tsunade knew it. It was a ploy to find the Box of Paradise and expose the real culprit.
  • Determinator:
    • During the final battle, Satori stabs Naruto in the stomach and through his back. Regardless of this horrific injury, the hero musters the strength to pin the villain down so Mui can seal it.
    • Mui gets impaled by Muku in the chest, but stands up to stop his son's rampage.
  • Disney Death: After the film's climax, Naruto succumbs to his injuries and dies. Ryūzetsu has to save his life at the price of hers.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Subverted with Mui. He intends to die alongside his son when he sees Naruto aiming a Rasenshuriken at them, but the attack only destroys Satori. Freed from the demon's influence, Muku shares a moment with his father, before suddenly killing him with a final attack.
    • After returning to human form, Muku performs his signature ability, Demon Lantern, which combines with his father's cursed seal to incinerate his own body. Before his demise, he addresses Ryuzetsu one last time, apologizing for being unable to keep on living by her side and expressing the belief that he will finally be able to find peace in death.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Satori, a black winged, gaunt creature with a mouth on his chest instead of a head.
  • Energy Ball: Satori can fire spheres of dark energy from its mouth and feet.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Masked Figures that showed no regards of manipulating the Hidden Grass are horrified with Muku's slaughter of Kazan.
  • Evil Old Folks: When the Satori breaks one of masked figures' masks, it reveals an old man. It's assumed that they're all this.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Those who are trapped in the Box of Paradise spend the remainder of their lives surrounded by darkness, with all their feelings of happiness being slowly drained away until they can feel nothing but despair. The box itself cannot be destroyed by any known means, and if it's opened, whoever escapes from it becomes the vessel of the demon Satori, whose only desire is to fill the box with more victims.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mui lets himself get hit by Naruto's Rasengan attack while on Satori as atonement for his actions and dies shortly after reconciling with his son. Once Muku comes to his senses, he re-seals himself back in the box to prevent the Satori from hurting anyone else. And Ryuzetsu later gives her life to save a dying Naruto.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Mui seemed to be the Big Bad, but once his true motives were revealed, Muku takes this position away from him.
  • Jerkass: Maroi is Bee's friend and was asked by him to protect Naruto. Naruto quickly realizes that Maroi was very willing to let him die.
  • Kick the Dog: When Mui finally reunites with his son, he cries tears of joy and begs for his forgiveness. The latter responds by coldly impaling him through the chest.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Played with. Mui interprets his attempted patricide as karma, given that him being subjected to a Fate Worse than Death is a direct result of his father's reckless actions. However, Naruto and Ryuzetsu quickly call him out, as his father went to great lengths to atone for his previous mistakes.
  • Loophole Abuse: Mui's jutsu stops ninja from using their chakra. Naruto figures that Sage chakra, which is drawn from nature itself, is still usable.
  • Magic Pants: Muku's outfit is torn to pieces when he transforms into Satori, but his pants are inexplicably restored once he reverts to human form.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: The four masked figures who work with Mui, presumably the leaders of the Hidden Grass.
  • Mind Reading: Subverted. Gamabunta tells Naruto that Satori is unstoppable due to his mind reading abilities letting him counter all attacks. In reality, the demon can only detect feelings of fear and rage, and predict his opponents' next actions based on that. When confronted by someone who neither hates or fears him, he is left confused and becomes an easy target.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Stinger is a humorous scene of Tsunade and Kakashi discussing who is going to make it up to Naruto after what they put him through. It immediately follows Muku, Mui and Ryuzetsu's tragic deaths and the cast praying in front of their graves.
  • Mook Chivalry: Heroic example. When the rest of the Konoha ninja (and Killer Bee) are fighting Satori while Naruto gathers nature chakra to reenter Sage Mode, they all attack one or two at a time instead of making any effort to overwhelm his mind-reading by attacking from too many directions at once for him to dodge everything.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Naruto is shirtless quite a bit in this movie. Muku before he transforms is a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • No One Should Survive That: Subverted. Naruto, Ryuzetsu and Mui spend a significant portion of the final act with gaping wounds on their torsos, but still perform feats as if they were on the peak of their strength. However, once the Big Bad has been taken down, the injuries catch up to them and they quickly start dying.
  • Painful Transformation: Muku's transformation into the Satori involves grotesque body contortions and his face is veined out just before the transformation completes itself.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Mui's default expression is a sorrowful frown. When he is seen with a Slasher Smile, it's a hint that it's an imposter.
  • Prison Episode: As the title implies, Naruto is sent to prison and spends most of the film's first act trying to figure out a way to escape it.
  • Prison Riot: Naruto and Ryuzetsu start one to serve as a distraction so Naruto can get into Mui's lab.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Opening the Box of Paradise unleashes Satori, an evil demon whose only purpose is to feed it more victims.
  • The Stinger: After the credits we're taken back to when Naturo was being carted off to the prison. Once he's gone, we see Tsunade, Team 7 and the others feeling guilty over having to "act" like Naruto's crime was real and agreeing to make it up to him.
  • Straw Nihilist: Once he turns into Satori, Muku becomes a nihilistic beast that cares only for destruction. He justifies his actions by explaining that, while inside the Box of Paradise, his own emotions grew progressively fainter, until he was completely "freed" from them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mui went to great lengths to frame Naruto for a crime he didn't commit, so the hero would be sent to his prison. All he wanted was to extract the boy's chakra and use it to free his son from the Box of Paradise.