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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

In the fight to make them assassins, after Azumí strikes Nachí: First scene - Azumi's chest is covered in blood; Second scene - Azumi'chest is clean; Third scene - Azumi'chest is covered in blood again. 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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User Reviews

Wow, wow, and wow.
10 July 2004 | by ncc1205See all my reviews

Incredible.

Thanks to the folks here @ AZN Films, I've had the good fortune of discovering a tremendous handful of standout foreign films ... movies that do not get the kind of play that they could on my side of the ocean but films, nonetheless, that are as powerful, insightful, and complex as any of Hollywood's best.

AZUMI is a tremendous step forward for the folks behind VERSUS. VERSUS is primarily an indie/zombie flick with a great twist ending. Don't get me wrong: I own VERSUS, and I've watched it twice, enjoying it more on the second viewing than I did on the first. But AZUMI is the kind of film that'll earn the talent far more respectability around the world -- as this experience deserves to be discovered by as broad an audience as it can.

The story is classic: a group of warriors head on to fight one final quest to rid their lands of evil ... but, as oft happens in tales of this nature, evil gets the upper hand. In the end, only Azumi -- a petite samurai who lost her faith along the way -- storms the stronghold to save her mentor, facing over 200 enemies in a sword-to-sword battle as much for redemption as it is for survival.

Granted, the film is not without a handful of campy moments, but they are easily dismissed against the backdrop of the warrior's epic struggle to accept the fact that -- regardless of how hard she tries -- she cannot escape her destiny.

AZUMI sports some of the best swordplay I've seen from anything I've purchased at AZN, and that includes the stellar ZATOICHI rebirth at the genius of Takeshi Kitano. Arguably, the only film that springs to mind that surpasses the battle is Jet Li's HERO ... but that film is in another category altogether.

I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this purchase. It offers a terrific package along with a crisp transfer and a wonderful audio track.

Discover AZUMI, and discover what a contemporary samurai film is all about.


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