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The CGI was so bad it seriously interfered with my ability to enjoy this film. The plot was quite basic and typical so I was hoping for some awesome fighting but the heavy use of terrible CGI meant that it was almost entirely unrealistic, thus taking all the pleasure out of it. The only feature that was a pleasant surprise was the lack of music throughout, giving it a sense of realism that the aesthetics failed to show. Even when there was music, it was light and in the background, the director instead favouring the diegetic sounds, such as heavy breathing or swords slicing through flesh. There is also the interesting contrast between the Ninja and the idyllic surroundings of the island, clearly used to show how, even in such a peaceful environment, Kamui is unable to escape his past life. Despite these possible intentions for having the characters in such a setting, I still feel that the sight of the 'Masters of the Night' fighting on an overly bright beach hard to accept.
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