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DVD Review: Kamui – The Lone Ninja

7 August 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Kamui: The Lone Ninja

Stars: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Koichi Sato, Ekin Cheng, Yuta Kanai, Suzuka Ohgo | Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo | Directed by Yoichi San

It’s 17th century Japan and from a young age Kamui has been considered something of an outcast, even within his own ninja clan. Disillusioned with the laws and principles which dictate that he must use his skills to kill others, Kamui chooses to leave his past behind him and go in search of true freedom. But for a ninja freedom comes at a price and the only way to escape the bonds of the ninja brotherhood is to die.

Now a fugitive on the run from his clan, who are determined to hunt him down and eliminate him for his betrayal, Kamui finds himself constantly fighting for his life and unable to trust anyone. He eventually finds some solace when he meets »

- Phil

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Kamui: The Lone Ninja (2009) Movie Review

23 July 2010 8:46 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

“Kamui: the Lone Ninja” is a live action adaptation of the legendary Japanese manga created back in 1964 by Sanpei Shirato, directed by Yoichi Sai, previously responsible for the harrowing Takeshi Kitano drama “Blood and Bones”. The film is a wild fantasy adventure, which enticingly offers not only ninja action and the usual clan wars, but also pirates, sharks, and battles on the high seas. Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo (“Zebraman”, “Ping Pong”), the film features an all star cast headlined by Matsuyama Kenichi (Detroit Metal City), with support from Koyuki (“Blood: The Last Vampire”), Ito Hideaki (“Umizaru”), Tsuchiya Anna (“Sakuran”), and Ohgo Suzuka (“Into the Faraway Sky”), with an appearance from Hong Kong star Ekin Cheng (“The Storm Warriors”). The film now arrives on region 2 DVD and Blu Ray via Manga Entertainment. The film is set in 17th century Japan, and follows Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi), a young ninja whose »

- James Mudge

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Live-Action Space Battleship Yamato Attacks with a Full Trailer

29 June 2010 9:13 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Previously only seen in glimpses as a teaser trailer, here’s your first full look at the big-budget live-action “Space Battleship Yamato” movie via YouTube. Based on the popular anime, the live-action movie is directed by Takashi Yamazaki (“Returner”), and stars Koyuki (last seen in “Blood: The Last Vampire”), Aya Ueto (star of the “Azumi” movies), and Takuya Kimura (“I Come with the Rain”). It was apparently shown during a Japanese TV show, hence the Pip with the people, uh, watching the trailer along with us. To save the human race once again facing the danger of extinction, the restored Yamato voyages in to outer space. The year is 2220. A black hole with a size 300 times larger than the sun approaches the Solar System and the earth is expected to fall in to massive black hole. A transmigration to the Sairam Star begins and the first convoy led by Kodai Yuki departs the earth. »

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Trailer for Hideyuki Hirayama's "Shin-san: Tankou-machi no Serenade"

2 April 2010 1:08 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

Well it took a while, but here’s the trailer for Hideyuki Hirayama‘s “Shin-san: Tankou-machi no Serenade”, an adaptation of a novel by Tomoki Tsujiuchi.

This project has been a pretty tough one to follow. It was originally announced simply as “Shin-san” and filming took place throughout all of Kyushu back in the Fall of 2008. However, distributor Goldrush Pictures never came up with a release plan and the completed film sort of got trapped in limbo. In the meantime, the title was changed to “Boku no, Suki na Hito.”, then changed again to it’s current title.

Plot: In 1963, Michiyo Tsujiuchi (Koyuki) returns to her coal mining hometown in Fukuoka with her elementary school-aged son, Mamoru. One day, Mamoru is being harassed by a group of rowdy kids when he’s suddenly rescued by a notorious tough boy named Shinichi, aka Shin-san. Shin-san’s parents died when he was young, »

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