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Release Date:
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The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Nozomu Enoki .... executive producer
Naoya Kinoshita .... executive producer
Akira Morishige .... producer
Yui Tamae .... producer
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
Cinematography by
Tomoo Ezaki 
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 8 people found the following review useful.
Modern rendition of Sanpei Shirato's famous ninja comic, 27 July 2011
Author: ebiros2 from United States

Based on a comic by Sanpei Shirato, Kamui is about a tale of ninja fugitive that survives because of his exceptional ninpo skills. The movie was made with Shirato and Kamui fans in mind and although synopsis of Kamui saga is given at the beginning of the movie, the movie in my opinion is not a true stand alone piece, and the audience would benefit from the knowledge of the original story.

Unlike other ninja, Kamui was born into an untouchable class, and then became ninja to gain the ability to survive. A long running series that has history of almost 50 years, Kamui is an unusual tale of a lone ninja who is an escapee from his ninja clan (which was act of treason punishable by death). For this reason he is perpetually being targeted by the members of his ninja clan.

Kamui's skill as ninja comes from his ability to invent his original method of combat tactics. Two famous tactics of his - "Izuna Otoshi" and "Heni Battou Kasumi Giri" is featured in this movie.

Sanpei Shirato has a very dark mood to his art and story, and this movie succeeds in capturing Shirato's style. CG of this movie has dynamics to it like never seen elsewhere. Especially the scenes with the sharks were superb. Details are vivid, and interactions between characters that was vague in the original comic is shown with new vigor. The character of Kamui also has more "human" aspect compared to the comic. Overall the movie succeeds in showing Kamui saga in a new light.

Watch the movie as cultural artifact from Japan. It's an uniquely original story where an outcast ninja while being tossed in the hands of fate, tries to find a place of peace in his life.

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