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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 ... 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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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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Certificate:

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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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$2,888,549
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1.85 : 1
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The amount of blood on Azumi's sword in the final fight scene changes. See more »

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Kozue: He told me not to kill you. Not that I made any promises.
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A soulless commercial product that will disappoint you
11 June 2005 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

I loved the first Azumi movie; it had lots of action, lots of story, and lots of symbolism. Azumi ended up as a cool avenging angel with the Herculean task of ending all war - and she had the charisma and determination to make the viewer believe that she might actually succeed! It was an epic samurai youth fantasy movie that worked on many levels - possibly the best Japanese movie I've seen. I rated it 9 out of 10.

Of course, I looked enormously forward to the sequel...

It started out well enough, as a direct continuation of the first movie. However, as it went on, very little happened, and it was marred by long scenes with virtually no content. There was some action, but the movie was primarily made up of ridiculous, nonsensical angst and meaningless emoting. The movie progressed insufferably slowly, had none of the intensity and subtext of the original, and you had just about zero feeling for the characters.

This commercial misfire represents a huge blown opportunity; they could have done something cool, but did something totally bland and soulless. This is a movie that deserves a 4 rating, but I will give it a 5 because it associates to the first, the two movies together forming a franchise of a new type which will hopefully be eagerly emulated and improved by other filmmakers, whether Japanese or Western.


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