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Azumi -- In 19th century war-torn Japan, a master samurai takes on the task of raising ten orphans and training them to be the ultimate killing machines.

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Director:
Writers:
Yû Koyama (manga)
Mataichirô Yamamoto (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 May 2003 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
From the ravages of war rises the ultimate assassin.
Plot:
Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
A highly enjoyable action epic See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aya Ueto ... Azumi
Kenji Kohashi ... Hyûga
Hiroki Narimiya ... Ukiha
Takatoshi Kaneko ... Amagi
Yûma Ishigaki ... Nagara
Yasuomi Sano ... Yura
Shinji Suzuki ... Awa

Eita ... Hiei
Shôgo Yamaguchi ... Komoro
Shun Oguri ... Nachi
Joe Odagiri ... Bijomaru Mogami
Aya Okamoto ... Yae
Minoru Matsumoto ... Tobizaru
Hideo Sakaki ... Nagato
Ken'ichi Endô ... Isshin Sajiki
Kazuya Shimizu ... Nisai Sajiki

Tak Sakaguchi ... Sanzo Sajiki (as Taku Sakaguchi)
Ryô ... Mother being attacked
Masatô Ibu ... Nagamasa Asano
Kei Satô ... Tenkai Nankôbô

Kazuki Kitamura ... Kanbê Inoue

Naoto Takenaka ... Kiyomasa Katô

Yoshio Harada ... Gessai Obata
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katsushi Ikeda ... Bandit
Bansuke Kasamatsu ... Nagamasa's Servant
Takehiro Katayama ... Samurai Guard
Fuuma Kosaka ... Young Hyuga
Yûki Kuroda ... Gessai's Son
Shôichirô Masumoto ... Head Bandit
Misako Nagashima
Takeshi Nakano ... Bandit
Masaki Nishimura ... Samurai Guard
Kazufumi Ohba ... Samurai Guard
Houken Sonoda ... Steet Acrobat
Yukiharu Sugiyama ... Bandit
Asuka Sukuna ... Young Azuma
Yasunari Takeshima ... Samurai Guard
Kazuki Tsujimoto ... Head Bandit
Kanae Uotani ... Azumi's Mother
Hiroaki Yamazaki ... Nagamasa's Servant
Hideo Kojima ... Bandit (uncredited)

Directed by
Ryûhei Kitamura 
 
Writing credits
Yû Koyama (manga)

Mataichirô Yamamoto (screenplay) (as Rikiya Mizushima) &
Isao Kiriyama (screenplay)

Produced by
Kazuya Hamana .... planner
Osamu Kamei .... producer
Sumio Kiga .... producer
Morihiro Kodama .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Naoyuki Sakagami .... producer
Hidemi Satani .... co-producer
Mataichirô Yamamoto .... producer
Toshihiro Ôsato .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
 
Cinematography by
Takumi Furuya 
 
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
 
Art Direction by
Yûji Hayashida 
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
 
Sound Department
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer: English dubbing
Yoshiya Obara .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Visual Effects by
Takahiro Suzuki .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Hirofumi Itagaki .... stunt coordinator
Yuta Morokaji .... action director
Misako Nagashima .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshihide Takasaka .... lighting
 
Other crew
Yuta Morokaji .... action director
 

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128 min | Japan:142 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Nagato visits the assassins in the abandoned shrine, the cameraman's shadow is visible as the camera moves.See more »
Quotes:
Azumi:Where do the stars go during the day?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Versus (2000/II)See more »
Soundtrack:
NegaiSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International version and the Director's Cut?
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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A highly enjoyable action epic, 27 November 2003
Author: Thomas_Neville_Servo from United States

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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