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Gojô reisenki: Gojoe (2000)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)

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Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii), Goro Nakajima
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Cast

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
Ryo Kase ... Kamuro (as Ryô Kase)
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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Action | History

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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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Because of the density of the trees, moving the camera with a crane was impossible. To get around this, the crew slung wires between trees and remote-controlled the camera across them, much like a cable car. See more »

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Narrator: With the deterioration of the aristocracy and the rise of the warrior class began a brutal era. Long wars between the Heike and Genji ended with the Heike ruling the land. The people hoped for a lasting peace, but found only pestilence and disaster. And when began the nightly slaughter of Heike warriors at Kyoto's Gojoe Bridge... there rose the fear that the capital's festering misfortune had awoken a demon.
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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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Remarkable
23 August 2003 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

I happily admit that I'm a sucker for a beautiful film, and sufficiently inventive camera movements and angles can be enough to keep my interest in a fairly long film. Not one the length of Gojoe though, even though it had some of the most remarkable cinematography I've seen since the Korean period piece MUSA. However, Gojoe provides far more than just beautiful images (as does MUSA... don't which to imply a contrast) - it's second greatest strength is superb acting, and a fascinating story with some very dark philosophy. I must admit to being quite unsure what the point was it was trying to make in the end, but it definitely provokes some thoughts along the way. Vague ones, but definitely thoughts :p

One department in which the film could have been better is the action. There's a tremendous amount of bloodletting in the film, but the action is all filmed with hyperkinetic close-ups, and frequently obscured by objects in the foreground. It does create some very intense and impressive visuals, but it would have been nice to see some more actual moves, something to make it more believable that the villains could just wade through entire armies laying waste to everyone.

Still, the film is definitely one of the most interesting and most beautiful films I've seen for quite some time. Recommended!


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