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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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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

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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A great action flick, if you can withstand the melodrama
25 December 2003 | by moneenerdSee all my reviews

AZUMI, from what I can tell on IMDB, is often compared to the directors big hit, VERSUS, which is a god awful comparison that should have never been made in the first place. It's like comparing KILL BILL with RESERVOIR DOGS just because Tarentino directed both films. While VERSUS is a drawn (way) out, laughable, mindless, B-rated zombie/action spoof, AZUMI is a very serious swordplay/martial arts film about a band of teenagers trained from a young age to assassinate those who would start another bloody civil war.

I could easily figure out that this was a Kitamura film by spotting out similarites between this and his past films. AZUMI is full of non-stop action, great camera shots, interesting characters, and buckets of blood. But this is all slowed down by overexaggerated acting, god awful dialogue, and sometimes, AZUMI is just plain melodramatic. Like BATTLE ROYALE, AZUMI has one too many mushy mushy scenes.

Another Kitamura trademark is how this film is way too drawn out. Just when you think "Wow, such a perfect ending", Kitamura ends AZUMI off with 10 more minutes of footage that is a bad attempt at making a cliffhanger finish.

Enough complaining, because in all honesty, I really enjoyed AZUMI. Azumi, herself, kicks so much ass, and is brilliant in her performance. My favorite scene being when the group is arguing over what to do with their poisoned comrad.

I give AZUMI an 8 out of 10 and is up there with some of my all time favorite Asian films.


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