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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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2 nominations See more »
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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
Lina
Shôichirô Masumoto
Akihiko Muramatsu
Taishin Ohtsuka
Udo Suzuki
Shûji Yamamoto
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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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Japan:128 min
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39 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Kiriya makes another epic doomed to be misunderstood, 7 November 2009
Author: UberNoodle from Japan

It was the same with Casshern and it will be the same with Goemon. At this moment, the film hasn't gotten as much exposure in the West but needless to say, when it does, the film community will be awash with disappointment and confusion. Why? I think it has a lot to do with the role of CGI in film today. Being largely the domain of larger Hollywood studios, the technology has been used as a means of replacing reality, emulating it to the point of near transparency. Jurrassic Park was one the first films to show that such a goal was even possible and effects have progressed so much further since then.

It therefore are that a Hollywood films attempt to use CGI for enhancing reality or making an entirely new reality of their own. Sin City was made outside of the studio system and perhaps that is why it was made at all. 300 was a valiant attempt as well at using CGI to create the actual fantastical. On the other side of the coin, Lord of the Rings, though amazing for its depiction of monsters and creatures of the imagination, ultimately had the purpose of bring THEM into OUR world.

GOEMON, like Casshern, is an attempt to bring us into another world, similar to our own but in so many ways, different. The effects and design serve the purpose of creating an unreality of enhanced surreality, mimicking the pages of comic books and the frames of animation. Visually, it was never intended to fool the eye or make the fantastical 'real'. Like its predecessor, it had loftier, more artistic goals. The question is, did the film reach them? In many ways it did, but in many, it fell short. In the running time of story, there is certainly no lack of sumptuous composition and stunning colour. The action is hyperactive and generally defies the rules of the real world, though they make total sense in the scheme of Goemon's. The sheer audacity of the large scale battles, especially in the last quarter, makes the viewer simultaneously bewildered and amazed. You have never seen this before outside of the imagination and the boundless universe of pen and paper. No Hollywood film would dare do it.

And that is the film's dual strength and weakness. What it does is alien to a majority of film fans bred on Hollywood's particular brand. They have been fed so much in the way of safe challenges and formulaic product, that their first instinct is to rebel against any films cutting against the grain. The beauty of GOEMON is that it isn't a Hollywood picture and therefore doesn't need to apply itself to pleasing a conservative demographic who are otherwise unable to accept what the film ultimately creates.

That is not to say that it doesn't follow clichés and formulas of its own origin, but the presentation is fresh and eccentric enough to counter them. The whole is entirely a product of Japan. It reflects the culture's own eclectic, modern tastes while also preserving a filtered rendition of the old. It both revises and reinforces its subject matter, forming it into something that is Japan and at the same time, is not. It doesn't matter that most of the story never really happened. The vitality of the film is its lust for a life of its own and, its characters, while largely archetypal, serve the mythic aspects the story perfectly, because that is what myths are made of.

GOEMON is a film that shouldn't be weighed against standards set outside its context. It is a film trying to shed the limitations forced upon it by a conservative industry and consuming public. It is a myth, a comic book, a video game, an animation, and an epic drama; it is a lush and inspirational 'other world' and doesn't need to be constrained by our own. Films should not need to succumb to our ingrained demand for adherence to our reality. Go into the film with this in mind, and your imagination will be enriched by it. Be unable to let those strictures go, and I think that sadly, you will miss out.

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