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Release Date:
19 September 2009 (Japan) See more »
The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A potentially enjoyable ninja film marred by lousy CGI. See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Kamui

Koyuki ... Sugaru

Kaoru Kobayashi ... Hanbei
Kôichi Satô ... Gumbei
Hideaki Itô ... Fudo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sei Ashina ... Mikumo

Ekin Cheng ... Dumok
Terri Doty ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yûta Kanai ... Yoshito
Naoyuki Morita
Shigeru Nakano

Suzuka Ohgo ... Sayaka
Panta ... Eshi
Daisuke Ryû
Yukio Sakaguchi
Gorô Tamiya
Anna Tsuchiya ... Ayu
Hiroshi Yamamoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Narration

Directed by
Yôichi Sai 
Writing credits
Sampei Shirato (comic)

Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)

Yôichi Sai  screenplay

Produced by
Nozomi Enoki .... executive producer (as Nozomu Enoki)
Naoya Kinoshita .... executive producer
Akira Morishige .... producer
Yui Tamae .... producer
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
Cinematography by
Tomoo Ezaki 
Jun'ichi Fujisawa  (as Junichi Fujisawa)
Film Editing by
Isao Kawase 
Production Design by
Tsutomu Imamura 
Makeup Department
Etsuko Egawa .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Adrian Cook .... sound re-recording mixer (english version only)
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Mitsugu Shiratori .... sound
Visual Effects by
Junho Choi .... character setup
Junho Choi .... cloth simulation
Kouichi Nobuta .... cg animator
Yuka Hino .... stunts
Hidetaka Ichiyama .... stunts
Masafumi Oishi .... stunts
Ouchi Takahito .... action coordinator
Kenji Tanigaki .... stunt coordinator
Kazunori Yajima .... stunts
Hiroko Yashiki .... lead stunt double
Animation Department
Lee Sejin .... animator

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Also Known As:
"Kamui gaiden" - Japan (original title)
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120 min
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A potentially enjoyable ninja film marred by lousy CGI., 28 September 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Epic in scope, aesthetically pleasing, gloriously violent, and just a little bonkers at times, Kamui The Lone Ninja possesses many of the attributes that would usually qualify a film as a classic in my book. Sadly, despite these positives, the film fails to achieve 'must-see' status thanks to an overlong running time and its god-awful CGI effects, which frequently and mercilessly shatter the illusion of fantasy. It's extremely frustrating to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in a mythical cinematic realm, only to be regularly jolted back to reality by the glaringly obvious use of horrendous digital trickery, and it makes the overall experience less than satisfying.

Rarely do I place so much importance on seemingly trifling technical matters—after all, I've thoroughly enjoyed many a film with worse special effects—but against Kamui's sublime, natural scenery and its visually-arresting, heavily saturated seascapes, the crappy CGI is just too jarring to forgive. Kamui's advanced ninja moves performed during a treetop battle are simply abysmal; the scaling of a sheer cliff-face by Kamui sees the ninja move in the manner of a Looney Tunes cartoon character; and the less said about the dreadful shark hunting scenes, the better.

I do, admittedly, feel a little mean for berating Kamui so much for its shoddy effects—I actually liked many of the more dramatic scenes—so by way of recompense, I hereby award it the title of 'Second Best Martial Arts Movie to Feature a Scene of Gratuitous Horse Dismemberment' (the equine decapitation in Ringo Lam's Burning Paradise narrowly beating Kamui's severed horse leg to first place).

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