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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 ... 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,848, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$41,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,710,522
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Japanese game developer Hideo Kojima (famous for the Metal Gear Solid series) appears as one of the outlandish ruffians killed by Azumi in the final battle. 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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thrilling teenage epic
26 October 2015 | by gercsSee all my reviews

A story about feudalism in Japan is something that I find interesting. The era, when the shogun reigned, when feudal wars sparked here and there, was full of chaos and bloodshed. "Chaos" and "bloodshed" are common catchphrases, but what draws me to these stories is that this era in Japan is something mysterious for me. Perhaps, it is the effect of the country being not too open during that period, and the main question is: What happened in Japan's deep countryside when the shoguns reigned? Although the Western world has their own share of wars, the wars in Japan were arguably more bloody and violent. When depicted in film, it becomes a piece of entertainment in many dimensions. As we all know, what usually makes these films good is a profound story about trust and betrayal, coupled with the showcase of sword-fighting skills and war strategies. The inner conflict and the clash of philosophies are more interesting than the physical depiction of the war itself.

The premise of "Azumi" is rather compelling because it is about young assassins. They were children used by the Tokugawa shogunate - deployed as assassins in their teenage years - to assassinate feudal lords who were capable of initiating another large-scale conflict. I was curious on their character development and the possible inner conflict that may arise when they face the world. The film did tackle these things, but the result was rather disappointing. Although there were some profound scenes, it did not delve into these things deeper, and generally, the portrayal was rather uneven and touched only the surface. It went more to the typical action movie side, and went further even beyond believability in the combat skills and endurance of its characters. As the film progresses, I'm becoming convinced that I am just watching an action fantasy flick despite its compelling historical references. If you are looking for an action movie and you don't really care about the story that much, then you may find this film thrilling; although you might be disappointed if you are looking for realistic fight scenes. In fact, it's the thrill and mystery together with some intriguing characters that enabled me to finish watching this film.


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