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Azumi (2003)

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.


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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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Sound Mix:

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

When Nagato visits the assassins in the abandoned shrine, the cameraman's shadow is visible as the camera moves. 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

References Versus (2000) 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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Entertaining Yet Too Long...
28 December 2003 | by premiumcreamSee all my reviews

Ryuhei Kitamura has developed quite a large cult following due to his massively entertaining genre-busting zombie/yakuza/martial arts hybrid film "Versus". Now he has given us "Azumi", a samurai film with a rock music soundtrack and young, attractive leads.

The film follows a clan of ten young assassins trained since childhood to carry out a special mission. Azumi, the lone female in the group is considered the most skilled of them all. Their master is an ex-samurai warrior who acts as a father figure to the teens. The assassins await the day of their mission with growing anticipation, until the day it finally presents itself. Their mission is to kill a shogun who is threatening to overthrow the ruling class of Japan. Quick to overestimate their own abilities, the assassins find their numbers dwindling as they battle the shogun's warriors including the sometimes-honorable, sometimes-manic ninja Saru and a mysterious feminine Samurai clad in white who's so good he has "never had to defend an attack". As things start going downhill for the assassins, Azumi begins to doubt herself and begins to long for the life of a normal Japanese woman.

This film is all about sword-fights and Kitamura delivers more than he probably should. People take on hundreds of swordsmen single-handedly and buckets of bright red gore are splashed about with every sword slash. While these fights are entertaining at first, they grow tedious as the hundredth person is killed. Not only that, but our heroes do not show any sort of skill that gives us reason to believe that they are capable of killing dozens of men effortlessly. Also, Kitamura has trouble finding the right lengths for his films. "Versus", "Alive" and "Azumi" are too long, while "Heat After Dark" is much too short. I really think if 10 minutes of slow-motion sword fights were cut this movie would flow much better.

Now, "Azumi" is not a bad movie, by any means. It's very entertaining, just a tad tedious. The characters are very unique and developed quite nicely, and Kitamura has a knack for giving us exciting camera angles. Although it does not live up to "Versus" (I didn't expect it to, and never compared the two until now) "Azumi" is still an entertaining film, and any fans of "Versus" should find "Azumi" a very good time. 7/10


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