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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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Action

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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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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Azumi's hair color changes through out the movie from red to brown and brown to red. See more »

Quotes

Nankou-bou Tenkai: You won't come out alive, you know.
Azumi: The old man ordered the ten of us to kill each other. He told us to be true assassins with a heart of steel. We've obeyed his order and even killed our own comrades. We don't expect to stay alive.
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Azumi refined
10 June 2006 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

This can't be considered a separate film, it's just part 2. It starts exactly where it left off, without any explanations or flashbacks on how it starts. I can only imagine how confused someone can be watching this movie without seeing part 1. The actors are the same, the extras are the same (to the ridiculous point of having a friendly swordsman be interpreted by the same actor that played a killed foe in the first part of the movie AND being credited in the cast with the same character name).

However, the plot is more refined, it gets into the psychology of the people involved, the fights are more realistic, the directing is slightly better. In a few words it's exactly how Azumi 1 should have been. Of course, this doesn't make it a masterpiece. The same lame excuses for action and the same Japanese clichés are met all over the place. The only thing new to this part is the implementation of a rival clan of assassins, each specialized in a certain way, thus entering the more popular arena of super-strong ninja fighters. Also guns are used more, but with the same insane inefficiency as in the first part.

Oh, and for people reading this without seeing part 1 OR reading my super cool comment on the first part :) this is a movie about a cute diminutive young girl who is the best assassin ever, but still manages to have a conscience, dreams, friends, like any other normal human being. Sorta like Santa.


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