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Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 May 2003 (Japan)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Kohashi ...
Hiroki Narimiya ...
Takatoshi Kaneko ...
Yûma Ishigaki ...
Yasuomi Sano ...
Shinji Suzuki ...
Shôgo Yamaguchi ...
Joe Odagiri ...
Bijomaru Mogami
Aya Okamoto ...
Minoru Matsumoto ...
Hideo Sakaki ...
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Isshin Sajiki


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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All of Azumi's dialog is written in masculine speech, that is, speech forms that normally would not be spoken by women. This reflects the fact that she was brought up with no other women around her. Yae's remark "Girls don't speak like that!" is in response to Azumi's speech pattern. "Girls don't speak like that!" refers to Azumi saying 'Bokuwa' (the predominantly male word for referring to yourself) instead of 'Watashiwa' (the female or unisex form) when pointing out that she could hide her swords in her cloak. See more »


When Nagato visits the assassins in the abandoned shrine, the cameraman's shadow is visible as the camera moves. See more »


Azumi: Where do the stars go during the day?
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References Versus (2000) See more »


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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A highly enjoyable action epic
27 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Adapted from the manga by Yu Koyama, directed by Ryuhei "Versus" Kitamura, and starring the ultra cute Aya Ueto in the title role, Azumi is a highly enjoyable period/fantasy samurai epic. The story follows a group of assassins whose mission is to eliminate the evil warlords who are pushing the country closer to civil war. It's a simple plot, but it gets the job done. On the whole, some might find the movie to be a bit too formulaic. Some of the plot devices are also a bit crude. But the movie is helped by Ryuhei Kitamura's trademark frenetic action, the above average choreography, the gorgeous landscape, and the gorgeous Aya Ueto. She may be a pop star, but this kunoichi looks confident with a sword, and she knows how to use it. Comparisons can legitimately be made to the recent Hong Kong blockbuster "The Twins Effect" starring the unbelievably popular pop duo TWINS (Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung). Both films are vehicles for their respective pop stars, but The Twins Effect was made with tongue firmly in cheek. Azumi takes itself much more seriously, and, for the most part, it works.

It's nice to see that Kitamura is now getting a modest budget for his film, as this looks noticeably better than the somewhat juvenile "Versus". Still, some of the effects are extremely noticeable and look unfinished, but Kitamura never dwells on them long enough for the viewer to really care. While we're on the subject of comparisons, Azumi does feature some instances of strong violence (including some nice arterial sprays), but not near as graphic as those in Versus. The filmmakers were no doubt trying to appeal to Aya Ueto's fan base by toning the violence down somewhat. On a final note, this movie delivers the goods in a big way. Great performances, great action, great everything. Enjoy it for what it is and have a good time.

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