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Goemon (2009)

 -  Action | Drama  -  1 May 2009 (Japan)
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Eguchi ...
Takao Ohsawa ...
Ryôko Hirosue ...
Chacha Asai
Jun Kaname ...
Gori ...
Mikijirô Hira ...
Rikyu Sen
Masatô Ibu ...
Tetsuji Tamayama ...
Matahachi
Hashinosuke Nakamura ...
Eiji Okuda ...
Choi Hong Man ...
Gao
Susumu Terajima ...
Eriko Satô ...
Courtesan Yoshino
Erika Toda ...
Courtesan Yukiri
Mayu Tsuruta ...
Koheita's mother
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief is murdered and uses his skills as a thief to help the poor. But after learning the identity of his leader's killer - the traitorous Hideyoshi (Eiji Okuda) - Goemon sets out on a bloody path of vengeance, joined by his loyal friend, Saizo (Takao Ôsawa). Written by Anonymous

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1 May 2009 (Japan)  »

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The Legend of Goemon  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Lyrics and composed by Yoshiki Hayashi
Performed by Violet UK
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a stunning visual treat
25 August 2010 | by (www.subtitledonline.com) – See all my reviews

Goemon proved an Asian box office hit on its cinematic release. Helmed with a bold fresh eye for visuals by Casshern director Kiriya Kazuaki, Goemon is a multi-layered historic action epic tinged with fantasy and impressive swordplay. With elements of Western legends such as Robin Hood and the mythical Pandora's Box thrown in, Goemon is ultimately the story of one man's battle with his need to be free and his destiny.

The film perhaps would've been better in two parts, or even as a trilogy, to allow time to completely unlock each integral character's own story and ambitions.

Goemon is a stunning visual treat, but too convoluted in essential plot points. Undoubtedly watchable, it falls short of the epic it wants to be by simply trying much too hard. JM


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