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Gojo reisenki: Gojoe (2000)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Masatoshi Nagase ...
Daisuke Ryû ...
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Masakatsu Funaki ...
Tankai
Jun Kunimura ...
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Urara Awata ...
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Takato Hosoyamada
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Ittoku Kishibe
Dave Mallow ...
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Naruki Matsukawa
Yôji Tanaka
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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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The baby could not be filmed on location with the actors due to insurance regulations, so a real baby was filmed in post and matted in digitally in close-ups. See more »

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Tetsukichi: Where do you think you're going?
Benkei: Omaga Forest.
Tetsukichi: In the middle of the night?
Benkei: I can see in the dark.
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Ambitous, metaphysical samurai drama
2 December 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Another attempt by modern Japanese directors to redefine the chambara genre. Successful, and not, in varying degrees.

Buddhist monk has a vision that he is to slay a legendary (and very active) demon at the Gojoe bridge in order to attain enlightenment. While not at the forefront, Buddhist thought is at the heart of this movie, much like Kurosawa's "Ran". It probably what made the movie the most interesting to me although it's nowheres near "Ran's" league.

Stylish visual direction and excellent photography keep the movie mostly interesting throughout the two hour and eighteen minute length. The lead actors are uniformly excellent. The music is really good. The two weaknesses are the story and the fight scenes. The movie drags in the middle which could have been fixed by some prudent editing. And the fight scenes are mostly filmed in blurry close-ups. This works for most of the film but the finale feels like a cheat. Another recent film like this is Tsui Hark's "Seven Swords", great film but the promised fight scenes are disappointing. Asano really doesn't move like a sword wielding demon, his acting is great but he would be an extra in a traditional chambara fight scene.

Good movie, you'll probably find it interesting just don't expect traditional sword fights.


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