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Gojô reisenki: Gojoe (2000)

Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken by the attacks from a ... See full summary »

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Daisuke Ryû ...
Benkei
Masakatsu Funaki ...
Tankai
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Suzaku-hougan
Urara Awata ...
Asagiri
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Wui-Sin Chong ...
Shoshinbo
Syunsuke Gondo ...
Heike warrior
Takato Hosoyamada ...
Keshimaru
Hiroshi Inoue ...
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Toshihiro Isomi ...
Minamoto no Yoshitomo
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Kamuro (as Ryô Kase)
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Taira no Tadanori
Dave Mallow ...
Tankai (voice)
Naruki Matsukawa
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Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken by the attacks from a trio of fighters known only as "the demons". Taking up his sword once more, he sets out to end their murderous terror. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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7 October 2000 (Japan)  »

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Narrator: With the deterioration of the aristocracy and the rise of the warrior class began a brutal era. Long wars between the Heike and Genji ended with the Heike ruling the land. The people hoped for a lasting peace, but found only pestilence and disaster. And when began the nightly slaughter of Heike warriors at Kyoto's Gojoe Bridge... there rose the fear that the capital's festering misfortune had awoken a demon.
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Thoughtful but failed
12 August 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Sogo Ishii can be a skilled filmmaker under the right conditions, but Gojoe tells the story of a warrior monk and his only rival, a scion of the Genji clan. The film-making has the main hallmarks of a low-budget production, including blurry fight scenes and clumsy montages (the kind you might find in an under-produced dorama). The monk Benkei informs his spiritual teacher that his destiny lies in defeating the mysterious spirit that guards Gojoe bridge at night, but he doesn't realize that this decision will bring him squarely into conflict with nearly every element of society at that time - but which could earn him enlightenment.

There's no absence of ambitiousness, however, in its depiction of the conflict between the holy and the worldly. Artsy flourishes in some of the photography and editing help to compensate for the loose film-making style.

A disappointment.


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