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Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

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Kenji Kohashi ...
Hiroki Narimiya ...
Ukiha
Takatoshi Kaneko ...
Amagi
Yûma Ishigaki ...
Yasuomi Sano ...
Yura
Shinji Suzuki ...
Awa
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Hiei
Shôgo Yamaguchi ...
Komoro
Shun Oguri ...
Nachi
Jô Odagiri ...
Bijomaru Mogami
Aya Okamoto ...
Yae
Minoru Matsumoto ...
Tobizaru
Hideo Sakaki ...
Nagato
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Isshin Sajiki
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In war-torn Japan, the Tokugawa Shogun, desperate to restore peace to his people, orders the assassination of the hostile warlords. A beautiful young woman is raised from birth with nine other orphans, to become an assassin. Her name is AZUMI, the ultimate assassin. Written by Anonymous

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From the ravages of war rises the ultimate assassin.


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10 May 2003 (Japan)  »

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Azumi - A Assassina  »

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Japanese game developer Hideo Kojima (famous for the Metal Gear Solid series) appears as one of the outlandish ruffians killed by Azumi in the final battle. See more »

Goofs

In the fight between Azumí and Mogamí Bijomarú, when Azumí runs, jumps and strikes Bijomarú with his sword, the movement of the Azumi'sword is corrected at the last second, before cutting the hand of Bijomarú and moves up to strike the middle of the sword of Bijomarú. See more »

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Azumi: Where do the stars go during the day?
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Followed by Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) See more »

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Lyrics by Mina Ganaha and Hideaki Yamano
Composed by Caoli Cano and Tarô Iwashiro
Arranged by Akira Inoue
Performed by Mina Ganaha
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Beauty, and the beast within: Deadly.
1 June 2006 | by (An English Shire.) – See all my reviews

Azumi was originally born in the Japanese manga, during 1994, to the writer Yu Koyama, who then, at the young age nine, was adopted and shown to the world by the Japanese movie director Ryuhei Kitamura, with the production guidance of Mataichiro Yamamoto. This, being Azumi first outing since her birth in the manga, she has developed very well into the celluloid genre, a stepping-stone to greater possibilities. Perhaps one does not have to be familiar with her original upbringing to appreciate her talent as a skilled assassin. No matter which genre we see her first, she will no doubt win us over with her beauty, intelligence, vigour and maturity.

Azumi is a movie set in early Japanese society were the Samurai, the Ninja, the Warlords, Honour and the way of the Sword still presides, a time of death, destruction, and the Wars between the three feuding Warlords of Japan have turned this great Country into a battlefield of hate, misery, and mistrust.

Azumi is a highly detailed period action movie, with a meticulous setting to both costumes and set design, production and art designer Yuji Hayashida studied Cowboy movies to get the right feel for his masterpiece at the climax of Azumi, this is definitely not a thrown together hastily movie, time, thought and effort have gone into the making of Azumi. Ryuhei Kitamura can take credit for his fine role in nurturing and developing the acting skills of Ms. Aya Ueto, playing the lead role here, into a wonderful and charismatic Azumi, with her supporting actors adding drive and emotion to a movie of such brutal ferocity. This magnificent choreographed action movie with its many fight scenes and battles are very well placed and put together, driven along with a finely tuned musical score, both classical and modern, that sets both pace and emotion.

The Awards of the Japanese Academy, in 2004, have given awards to both Aya Ueto and Jô Odagiri for Newcomer of the Year, along with Ms. Ueto Popularity Award for Most Popular Performer and a nomination for Best Actress too. The Philadelphia Film Festival rewarded Azumi the Best Danger After Dark Film to Ryuhei Kitamura during 2004.

If viewing Azumi on the manga perspective, then this movie should be judged in its own capacity, there really is no question of the high calibre of detail and dedication that has gone into Azumi, with its extremely imaginative camera work, costumes and overall detail, Azumi should, no doubt, conquer us all.


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