Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken by the attacks from a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)

Writers:

Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii), Goro Nakajima
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Shanao
Masatoshi Nagase ... Tetsukichi
Daisuke Ryû ... Benkei
Masakatsu Funaki Masakatsu Funaki ... Tankai
Jun Kunimura ... Suzaku-hougan
Urara Awata Urara Awata ... Asagiri
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wui-Sin Chong Wui-Sin Chong ... Shoshinbo
Shunsuke Gondo Shunsuke Gondo ... Heike warrior (as Syunsuke Gondo)
Takahito Hosoyamada Takahito Hosoyamada ... Keshimaru (as Takato Hosoyamada)
Hiroshi Inoue Hiroshi Inoue ... Puppeteer
Toshihiro Isomi Toshihiro Isomi ... Minamoto no Yoshitomo
Ryô Kase ... Kamuro
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Taira no Tadanori
Dave Mallow ... Tankai (voice)
Naruki Matsukawa Naruki Matsukawa
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Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken by the attacks from a trio of fighters known only as "the demons". Taking up his sword once more, he sets out to end their murderous terror. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Some elements of the musical score were create with scrap metal. See more »

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Tankai: A monk bearing a sword? You're a joke!
Benkei: And you are ignorant... but I don't have time to enlighten you.
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Most festival prints are missing over 40 minutes of footage. Most of the political subplots were removed. See more »

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Japanese style
17 November 2000 | by david.widlakeSee all my reviews

At two and a quarter hours this is a sometimes slow moving thoughtful film interrupted by vast sword battles. The battle between darkness and light is signified by the constant motif of the blazing sun and is superbly demonstrated by a three way fight between 'demons', bandits and soldiers in a forest during an eclipse.

Be prepared: following a stunning sword fight under lightning filled skies the end of this picture will have you scratching your head in puzzlement.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle See more »

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