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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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  (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
Tarô Suwa ... Villageman at beach
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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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Silly beyond the point of redemption, 20 June 2011
Author: dontspamme-11 from a world partitioned by petty, squabbling nation-states

After reading the other (positive) reviews, I am still unclear what redeeming qualities this film (purportedly) has. I am particularly boggled by the fact that some of the previous reviewers argued that the film was worth a watch or even deserved to be considered a "classic" (really?) without supplying any explanations or actual reasons, nor provide a comparison between this film and other films in the same genre (although, in what genre would this film really belong? 'Trashbin flicks'?). In fact, I wonder if we actually sat through the same film.

To provide a quick synopsis, the film has a premise (a rogue ninja hunted by other ninjas, trying to find a 'safe harbour'), but no plot. The story meanders through a series of cliché scenes with predictable outcomes, occasionally interrupted by people flying on wires performing 'special moves' that needed a narrator's help to explain (I guess if you like being treated as an idiot, this film might be for you...), ridiculous twists with nonsensical motivations, and animal cruelty that even I--someone not anything close to being a card-carrying member of PETA--found rather distasteful.

At some point, the only way to rationalize why we continue to subject ourselves to this filmatic torture was to find some small solace in nit-picking the technical errors and nonsensical development of the story. For example, I don't think the writer actually understood -how- crucifixion works as a form of capital punishment (puncturing the prisoner's body actually works to undermine its effects), and I particularly didn't think it was good parenting to have your 14 old year daughter take off her cloth and use her body to warm a stranger of sketchy background.

I've never read the manga, and after watching this film, I have no desire to. So if translating the manga into film was intended to extend and expand the franchise, it's failed to do that with me. I am not sure how anyone but the most fervent fans of the manga series might find this film appealing. If you have an attention span of longer than 3 minutes, I recommend you avoid this mess altogether.

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