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Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)

Not Rated | | Action | 12 March 2005 (Japan)
Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, ... See full summary »

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Shûsuke Kaneko

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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
Yûma Ishigaki Yûma Ishigaki ... Nagara
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Kozue
Shun Oguri ... Ginkaku / Nachi
Kazuki Kitamura ... Kanbê Inoue
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Kinkaku
Kai Shishido ... Hanzô
Tak Sakaguchi ... Tsuchigumo (as Taku Sakaguchi)
Kengo Kengo ... Roppa
Shôichirô Masumoto Shôichirô Masumoto ... Saburôta
Shun Itô Shun Itô ... Kijimaru
Kenji Takechi Kenji Takechi ... Kiheita
Shunta Fuchino Shunta Fuchino ... Shintarô
Eugene Nomura ... Samurai Z (as Yûjin Nomura)
Ai Maeda Ai Maeda ... Chiyo
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Storyline

Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi. Written by Roberto

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Love or duty... An assassin must choose.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Azumi 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$216,480 (Japan), 11 March 2005, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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Azumi's hair color changes through out the movie from red to brown and brown to red. See more »

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Kozue: Hey! Want a fight?
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Not as good as the first one
14 July 2005 | by dtjauntSee all my reviews

I loved the first "Azumi" movie. I've seen Ms. Ueto in a variety of her TV appearances and I've seen my fair share of samurai and ninja flicks. I have to say that this movie was much weaker than I'd expected.

Given the movie's cast and set up in "Azumi", they should have been able to do a much better job with this movie, but instead it was slow, plodding in parts, and sprinkled with very poor, unconvincing, and wooden acting.

When they bothered to reference the first movie, they did so in a manner that was pretty loose and weak. In "Azumi", the title character is the best of a group of superior killers. In "Azumi 2" she seems somehow diminished and less-impressive.

That's not to say it was a total loss. There were a few decent fight scenes and some over-the-top characters. Unfortunately, the movie suffers overall from the simple fact that Shusuke Kaneko and Yoshiaki Kawajiri are not Ryuhei Kitamura and Isao Kiriyama. The latter two truly captured the "manga" feel in their screenplay whereas the former never quite "got it."


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