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Director:
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Kazuaki Kiriya (original story)
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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 »
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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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Also Known As:
"The Legend of Goemon" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
Japan:128 min
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Goemon, 28 February 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Mention Kazuaki Kiriya, and Casshern inevitably comes to mind. After all, that's the only feature film he had done since, and it comes with plenty of CG used to create backdrops which no longer existed, and effects used to overload the senses, making what's on screen seem very much like a computer generated comic book, with characters possessing superhuman prowess that are of course second nature since nothing is impossible in the virtual world. I had the opportunity to view this film on board an airplane, but it's a good thing I held out in the hopes that it'll make it to the big screen here, since Kiriya brings back the same technical formula for the telling of his tale of legendary ninja bandit Goemon Ishikawa.

Played by Yosuke Eguchi in the titular role, the folklore of Goemon is just like that of Robin Hood, where a man of nobility becomes the bandit of the land, robbing the rich and distributing the wealth obtained to the poor to ensure the narrowing of the rich-poor divide. With each retelling the legend just grows, so much that there's no more a definitive version of the story, but stories which build upon one another to bring out the flavour and characterization of a known hero in 16th century Japan, where feuding warlords ensure that peace is but a buzzword of a promise yet to be fulfilled to their people. This of course allows Kiriya to heap on loads of artistic license in his tale, which is relatively complete with an origin story, political intrigue, a romance and plenty of fight sequences which will make the action junkie in you whoop for joy.

Which of course is the mainstay for anyone who's watching this. Almost all the battle sequences here are far out and CG enhanced with steroids, ranging from huge armies squaring off, or individual one on one battles with out of this world weapons and moves, reliant on dizzying camera work to bring out the dexterity of the combatants, that you're left gasping for air sometimes as it loops all around the action. If there's a minor gripe, then it'll be moments where such powers get forgotten, which of course helps the narrative at its convenience, otherwise we'll be faced with an indestructible superman that will make it rather boring.

Themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal and vengeance become staple in this period fantasy film, especially when we learn of Goemon's allies, which include his ninjitsu peer Saizo, played by Takao Osawa whom I thought resonated more with the story given the plight he got put through. Also, the episode with Saizo highlights how Kiriya focused a little more on the emotional aspects of the characters involved in its more dramatic moments, and the writer-director's knack of fusing together historical events (such as the Battle of Sekigahara and the ascension of the Ieyasu Tokugawa) and personnel into the narrative, making it a richer experience for the audience, and lending itself some grandeur in terms of epicness

Despite clocking slightly over two hours, there are enough twists and turns here given changing loyalties, and supporting role appearances by other legendary characters such as Hattori Hanzo (Susumu Terajima) the famed swordsman. Ryoko Hirosue has a flower vase role here as the love interest of Goemon who decided to do a noble thing of being sacrificed as a concubine of the deranged warlord, but does little else other than to continue reminding Goemon how infatuated he is with her.

The initial moments do require some getting used to as the visuals are built upon CG created landscapes, but it'll soon build on you that without which a film like this could probably not be easily made. It's Kazuaki Kiriya's signature visual style, and I had enjoyed Goemon very much so when it found some balance between its action scenes, and its dramatic moments. Just so you know if I have to choose my favourite fight sequence, it'll have to be Goemon and Hattori's duel in the last act, which showed why one is master over the other.

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