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Once a powerful ninja, Kamui walks away from his violent and murderous ways. His travels bring him to a seashore village where he meets Hanbei, a fisherman who shares the former ninja's sense of honor. Though Hanbei's wife is wary of the stranger, the fisherman and Kamui become good friends. Life at the seaside seems idyllic but Kamui doesn't get to enjoy the peace for very long when, one day, a band of pirates arrive... It seems that his past life is catching up on him, and everything and everyone is not as it seems. Now he must draw upon his shadowy arts if he hopes to escape with his life.Written by
Modern rendition of Sanpei Shirato's famous ninja comic
Based on a comic by Sanpei Shirato, Kamui is about a tale of ninja fugitive that survives because of his exceptional ninpo skills. The movie was made with Shirato and Kamui fans in mind and although synopsis of Kamui saga is given at the beginning of the movie, the movie in my opinion is not a true stand alone piece, and the audience would benefit from the knowledge of the original story.
Unlike other ninja, Kamui was born into an untouchable class, and then became ninja to gain the ability to survive. A long running series that has history of almost 50 years, Kamui is an unusual tale of a lone ninja who is an escapee from his ninja clan (which was act of treason punishable by death). For this reason he is perpetually being targeted by the members of his ninja clan.
Kamui's skill as ninja comes from his ability to invent his original method of combat tactics. Two famous tactics of his - "Izuna Otoshi" and "Heni Battou Kasumi Giri" is featured in this movie.
Sanpei Shirato has a very dark mood to his art and story, and this movie succeeds in capturing Shirato's style. CG of this movie has dynamics to it like never seen elsewhere. Especially the scenes with the sharks were superb. Details are vivid, and interactions between characters that was vague in the original comic is shown with new vigor. The character of Kamui also has more "human" aspect compared to the comic. Overall the movie succeeds in showing Kamui saga in a new light.
Watch the movie as cultural artifact from Japan. It's an uniquely original story where an outcast ninja while being tossed in the hands of fate, tries to find a place of peace in his life.
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