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Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 May 2003 (Japan)
Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director:

Ryûhei Kitamura

Writers:

Yû Koyama (manga), Mataichirô Yamamoto (screenplay) (as Rikiya Mizushima) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aya Ueto ... Azumi
Kenji Kohashi Kenji Kohashi ... Hyûga
Hiroki Narimiya Hiroki Narimiya ... Ukiha
Takatoshi Kaneko Takatoshi Kaneko ... Amagi
Yûma Ishigaki Yûma Ishigaki ... Nagara
Yasuomi Sano Yasuomi Sano ... Yura
Shinji Suzuki Shinji Suzuki ... Awa
Eita ... Hiei
Shôgo Yamaguchi Shôgo Yamaguchi ... Komoro
Shun Oguri ... Nachi
Joe Odagiri ... Bijomaru Mogami
Aya Okamoto Aya Okamoto ... Yae
Minoru Matsumoto Minoru Matsumoto ... Tobizaru
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Nagato
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Isshin Sajiki
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Storyline

In war-torn Japan, the Tokugawa Shogun, desperate to restore peace to his people, orders the assassination of the hostile warlords. A beautiful young woman is raised from birth with nine other orphans, to become an assassin. Her name is AZUMI, the ultimate assassin. Written by Anonymous

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From the ravages of war rises the ultimate assassin.


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 May 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Azumi - A Assassina See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of Azumi's dialog is written in masculine speech, that is, speech forms that normally would not be spoken by women. This reflects the fact that she was brought up with no other women around her. Yae's remark "Girls don't speak like that!" is in response to Azumi's speech pattern. "Girls don't speak like that!" refers to Azumi saying 'Bokuwa' (the predominantly male word for referring to yourself) instead of 'Watashiwa' (the female or unisex form) when pointing out that she could hide her swords in her cloak. See more »

Goofs

Azumi can be seen wearing modern white panties as she rolls over while fighting in one of the final fight scenes. See more »

Quotes

Azumi: Where do the stars go during the day?
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Alternate Versions

Japanese Director's Cut Runs 143 minutes. See more »

Connections

Followed by Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Negai
(Wish)
Lyrics by Mina Ganaha and Hideaki Yamano
Composed by Caoli Cano and Tarô Iwashiro
Arranged by Akira Inoue
Performed by Mina Ganaha
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All I can say is "wow"!
18 January 2004 | by suttercaneSee all my reviews

I'm completely blown away, easily one of the coolest movies I've seen in a long time. This is the third Kitamura film I have viewed, and out of the three (the others were Heat After Dark and Versus), I can honestly say I believe this to be his best.

Don't get me wrong, I love Versus. It's a great film, but this one trumps it on nearly every level. From the first 10 minutes I was hooked, and it never let up.

This film boasts some of the best action sequences in recent memory, especially if you love samurai films. The movement of characters is unreal, some of the smoothest wirework I've ever seen. It feels very much like a living anime.

Anyway, seek this film out and buy it! Don't rent it, just buy it! You will thank me for it.


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