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Once a master ninja, now a hunted fugitive.
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  (in credits order)

Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Kamui

Koyuki ... Sugaru

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

Sei Ashina ... Mikumo

Ekin Cheng ... Dumok
Terri Doty ... Additional Voices (voice)
Fûka Haruna ... Tsugumi
Yûta Kanai ... Yoshito
Mio Miyatake
Naoyuki Morita
Shigeru Nakano

Suzuka Ohgo ... Sayaka
Panta ... Eshi
Daisuke Ryû ... Kashiwabara
Yukio Sakaguchi
Tarô Suwa ... Villageman at beach
Toshi Takeuchi
Gorô Tamiya
Anna Tsuchiya ... Lady Ayu - Gumbei's wife
Hiroshi Yamamoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Narration
Hiroko Yashiki

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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This movie is based on the manga comics by Sanpei Shirato. This manga writer was interested in labour rights and discrimination so these themes may be underlying this script.See more »
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16 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Appealing CGI-festooned lone ninja tale, 24 October 2009
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

This is a film about a ninja called Kamui who decides he doesn't want to be a ninja anymore, problem is, you're not allowed to leave. So death in all it's forms is going to come for Kamui throughout this film. This spawns the familiar trope of the hero who stays alive but gets everyone around him, including his loved ones, killed (like the hardboiled American cop who goes through a fistful of partners as if they were dimes for the telephone). Kamui reminds me of a deciduous tree, the trunk of which remains strong and constant, but whose leaves eventually wilt and abscice. The bounteous autumnal melange of colours preceding the winter barrenness.

It's chambara here all the way, and as it's very ambitious, it's often CGId - wire work can only take you so far in the arena of awesome stunts. The fighters here have really pretty much supernatural skills that make Crouching Tiger look positively undercooked. There's some fun stuff that Kamui fights with, including a knuckleduster with triangular ridges, that can be used for parrying sword blows (though you'd better be pretty accurate with those parries...)

As Kamui (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is a really rather sullen character, who has appeal more as a heartthrob to potential androphile members of the audience, much of the ready humour in the film is delegated to supporting actors including Kaoru Kobayashi (as Hanbei the fisherman), and Hideaki Ito (as Lord Fudoh, the incredibly appealing and roguish pirate captain).

There's a side story in the movie about a gaily apparelled and brutally petulant daimyo lord. The stories do crossover, but I think the daimyo strand is more there for contrast, the kind of easy god-like existence of the highly undeserving daimyo, with the bleak struggle to survive of Kamui. After all the main threat for Kamui is the ninja fraternity, he's not even a speck on the daimyo's radar.

There's this thing in Japanese movies where they like to confront characters with a personal hell (one of the few Japanese words I regularly recognise in Japanese movies is jigoku - hell). There's a quite effective example of that in this movie.

All in all I would tend to say this movie overdoes the CGI, you can see stuff like waves that leave no filmy coating on surfaces after they recede, and you think hang on why are they using CGI for ... water. It is however highly enjoyable.

One last note is that someone behind the movie should learn a little bit more about shark behaviour maybe, the scenes with them in are funny, but they behave so stupidly and atypically here that it is a little bewildering, even within the encapsulated cinematic world of reduced realism.

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