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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 ...
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
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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Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle  »

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Chinese opera choreographer Zhang Chun Xiang arranged the fight scenes. See more »

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Suzaku-hougan: [an eclipse is taking place] What's this - the moon invading the sun, a celestial rape? An apparition of once every hundred years? - No! Turn not to the darkness, nor to the demon's will.
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excruciating
20 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is seriously one of the worst movies i have ever seen. i love Japanese movies, and i think another film by the same director, electric dragon 80,000 v, is a masterpiece. i really wanted to like this movie - asano is a terrific actor and the storyline was immensely appealing. but i couldn't find anything entertaining about it.

the movie takes forever for nothing to happen. and the effects the director used - like the constant percussion and the exorbitant use of slow motion - merely added to my growing annoyance at the fact that the plot was so mind-bogglingly slow and the actors were heinously overacting. a lot of the boredom was a result of extraneous additions that were completely unnecessary - like an hour spent on asano going around slicing buddha statues and proclaiming how he doesn't worship anything. this added nothing to the plot. a fellow Japanese film buff and i were both checking the time constantly. we couldn't believe this film was as terrible as it was. and the finale was awful. i thought the director would at least attempt to reward the viewer for managing to sit through this, but sadly i was mistaken.


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