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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
Jun Kunimura ...
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Urara Awata ...
Asagiri
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Wui-Sin Chong ...
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Takato Hosoyamada
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Kamuro
Ittoku Kishibe
Dave Mallow ...
Tankai (voice)
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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One of the most boring I've ever seen...
12 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On paper, GOJOE sounds great: a 12th century storyline which sees a demonic force haunting Gojoe Bridge in Japan, slaughtering clan members like there's no tomorrow. With only a righteous Buddhist monk able to save the day, the scene looks to be set for an explosive showdown, but sadly the reality is anything but.

This has to be one of the most boring films I've ever sat through. The entire movie consists of a waiting game until the over-too-soon climax, and even the climactic battle is a example of disappointing, CGI-effects filled nonsense. The historically-significant background to the movie promises much, but is glossed over in expository scenes that add little to the movie as a whole.

The most impressive thing about this movie is the level of quality that's gone into the construction of the various sets and costumes; they don't disappoint, but the rest of the movie (and especially the script) does. There are a few action scenes, badly shot and unengaging, but the main problem is a complete lack of momentum or interest. The film just plods along to a disappointing climax. There's no faulting the acting, but with low budget films like this, a little verve, a little vitality, goes a hell of a long way – take a look at the yakuza vs zombie action flick VERSUS for a good example of this. Sadly, GOJOE has no oomph behind it whatsoever and as a result it's a barely watchable film.


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