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Director:
Writers:
Kazuaki Kiriya (original story)
Kazuaki Kiriya (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 May 2009 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi)... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
for me, most impressive Japanese movie so far. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Goemon Ishikawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Saizo Kirigakure
Ryôko Hirosue ... Chacha Asai
Jun Kaname ... Mitsunari Ishida
Gori ... Sasuke Sarutobi
Mikijirô Hira ... Rikyu Sen
Masatô Ibu ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Matahachi
Hashinosuke Nakamura ... Nobunaga Oda
Eiji Okuda ... Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Choi Hong Man ... Gao
Susumu Terajima ... Hanzo Hattori
Eriko Satô ... Courtesan Yoshino
Erika Toda ... Courtesan Yukiri
Mayu Tsuruta ... Koheita's mother
Ryô ... Goemon's mother
Ema Fujisawa ... Okichi

Mayumi Sada ... Orin
Arashi Fukasawa ... Koheita
Mayuko Fukuda ... Chacha - teenage
Ryohei Hirota ... Goemon - teenage
Tokimasa Tanabe ... Goemon - youth
Takeru Satô ... Saizo - youth
Yoshikazu Ebisu ... Owner of Sobaya
Naomasa Musaka ... Kinokuniya Bunzaemon
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Yashichi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôhei Abe
Gibson
Yûki Ishida
Kazuaki Kiriya ... Mitsuhide Akechi
Shôken Kunimoto
Lina
Shôichirô Masumoto
Akihiko Muramatsu
Taishin Ohtsuka
Udo Suzuki
Shûji Yamamoto

Directed by
Kazuaki Kiriya 
 
Writing credits
Kazuaki Kiriya (original story)

Kazuaki Kiriya (screenplay) and
Tetsurô Takita (screenplay)

Produced by
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Kazuaki Kiriya .... producer
Yoshiya Nagasawa .... associate producer
Yûji Ueda .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Akihiko Matsumoto 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuaki Kiriya 
 
Film Editing by
Kazuaki Kiriya 
Chisako Yokoyama 
 
Casting by
Masashi Yamaguchi 
 
Production Design by
Yuji Hayashida 
 
Costume Design by
Vaughan Alexander 
Tina Kalivas 
 
Makeup Department
Tomo Hyakutake .... special makeup effects artist
Ryoji Inagaki .... key hair stylist
Ryoji Inagaki .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yutaka Tachibana .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuhiko Kondô .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Yoshihito Akatsuka .... art department producer
Atsuo Hirai .... set designer
Tomomi Nishio .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Mizuki Itou .... sound effects editor
Masato Yano .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Tomo Hyakutake .... model maker
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Takuya Fujita .... visual effects producer
Kôji Nozaki .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Seiji Mori .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenji Tanabe .... camera operator
Kenji Ushiba .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Motoyuki Kawase .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Eishi Segawa .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Hiroko Stanhope .... assitant: Taka Ichise
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Legend of Goemon" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
Japan:128 min
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59 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
for me, most impressive Japanese movie so far., 13 March 2009
Author: Adeyto Rex Angeli from Japan

I saw the movie in a private preview so it might have technically gotten even better since then or the web trailers.

Actually, I am glad that the web trailer is nothing revealing. Let the people get the real thing where they should get it: in the cinemas. I rather hate those movies that pack the trailer with best they have and then there's nothing left than those 30 seconds of glory.

A pity I can't talk about the story to avoid spoilers, at this time I would just explain why it was excellent for me:

*the way Kiriya re-wrote this little piece of history and made a great thing out of it and one worth watching in a movie.

*it has anything that a blockbuster shall have but keeps a pure and decent heart and yes, done at an extremely low budget under one million $.

*the CG is (in my opinion) not intended to look like Iron Man Hollywood stuff but rather like Final Fantasy and I really hope people not being snobs about this because this is not the point. Besides, I never felt that the CG isn't good or not good enough, I didn't even feel it was a CG because the story moves on so fast and takes you in its stream, you don't have the time or need to think twice.

*there are no gaps and goofs or illogical actions in the story line

*the style is very solid: the mix of Asian/Western costume design or architecture is continuous through the entire movie and nothing looks like a mistake or an accident or bad taste. The mix of true historical elements and modern elements (dance, etc) keeps things real while traditional elements (like the firefly) constantly remind us it's also a fairy tale that we are watching.

*you will get to see all martial arts you would dream of and better than that though you will not get tired with repetitive & unnecessary war/fight scenes.

*the cinematography is amazing at all times thanks to the elaborate costumes and architecture but the way that camera moves is one of the best new things too.

*all actors match their roles, great casting and especially the lead actor Eguchi Yosuke is so universally good, he could stand right next to Johny Depp in let's say Pirates of the Caribbean and be as good at it. By not looking extremely Asian, he could be a Latino, European, someone rather easy to identify with for the rest of the world besides the Japanese viewers. Hirosue Ryoko is also a wise choice and quite familiar to us from her earlier international hit Wasabi or the recent Academy Awards winning "Departure"(Okuribito)

Last I shall say, I'm not that much into (Japanese) directors trying rather desperately to impress the (Western) world through their forced/artsy/bloody/cruel/avant-garde/decadent/sexual stuff, I think a nicely shot good story is what we all badly need and this is the hardest part of it to get a thing that will improve human race. I am convinced that Goemon will do.

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