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Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)

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Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi.

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Yûma Ishigaki ...
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Shun Oguri ...
Ginkaku / Nachi
Kazuki Kitamura ...
Kanbê Inoue
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Kinkaku
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Hanzô
Tak Sakaguchi ...
Tsuchigumo (as Taku Sakaguchi)
Kengo ...
Roppa
Shôichirô Masumoto ...
Saburôta
Shun Itô ...
Kijimaru
Kenji Takechi ...
Kiheita
Shunta Fuchino ...
Shintarô
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Samurai Z (as Yûjin Nomura)
Ai Maeda ...
Chiyo
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Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi.

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Love or duty... An assassin must choose.

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$216,480 (Japan) (11 March 2005)

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$216,480 (Japan) (11 March 2005)
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The amount of blood on Azumi's sword in the final fight scene changes. See more »

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Less action than the original, but a more emotional sequel

Azumi was one of the best in recent samurai movies in the last few years. This sequel, while not hitting the high points of that movie, is still a good follow-up. As Azumi and Nagara continue their hunt for the last lord, they meet up with a group of bandits, one of whom looks very familiar.....

The original had a plot that was more simple and straight forwards. Here there is actually more going on, and as a result, with a number of new characters introduced sometimes Azumi and Nagara are lost in the mix.

Having said that however, the action, while not quite as good as in the first movie, is still very impressive. But what has also been added is a bit more of an emotional, even love story with the character of Ginkaku. Loking exactly like Nachi (someone Azumi liked, possibly loved and had to kill in the first movie), it gives Azumi a possible chance of love, but as is always the case in movies like this, things never go to plan.

As in the first movie, Aya Ueto gives a strong performance in the lead role. The rest of the cast are just as good too. Shusuke Kaneko taking over the direction handles it well.

It may not be as action packed as the first, but it is a very worthy sequel.


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