|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Hiroki Narimiya, Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri, Kenji Kohashi, Takatoshi Kaneko|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Collections:||100 Swords and Sandals Films|
|2hrs 3 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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The Real DealBy David Levy from Totteridge, London , 05 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Japanese pop star Aya Ueto is the Azumi in question in this enjoyable romp from the director of 'Versus'.
Azumi is a very interesting and varied movie, and is certainly a lot more pallatable than some of Korean cinema I have seen recently, which tends to fall somewhere inbetween incoherant and jumbled.
Azumi starts as the story of a group of young people, trained for one particular mission - to assasinate the various war-mongering leaders of Japan. It does change course halfway through though, and the jumps in story keep it interesting and fresh. The characters are pure comic book, and there is enough gore to satisfy even the most blood-thirsty viewer.
Azumi is well worth checking out. It's fast paced, impeccably shot, and, in its female lead, it has someone more beautiful and more deadly than Kill Bill's The Bride ever could be.
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Mediocre MangaBy sandy666 (104 reviews) from Reading , 19 Sep 2013This film takes a pretty girl, puts her in a gang on assassins, gives her a sword and let's her loose upon a feuding empire. The film is a cross between a manga movie and a pop video. There is sword play and stunt wire work which involves impossible jumps and fast sword play. As such, this is not a martial arts classic. The violence is stylistic and bloody, but not particularly realistic with cartoonish elements. As a result the film is not entirely convincing - it's amusing in parts, but at the same time the plot is cardboard thin. Azumi herself is part of the problem as she looks out of time compared to the rest of the cast - it's as if she's a time traveller from the 21st century gone back to feudal Japan. The film looks like a bloodier version of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It's not as plodding or meticulous as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon either. This film would make a good pizza and beer movie, but there are far better martial arts movies out there.
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Amazing AzumiBy blackpolekev (248 reviews) from blackpole , 07 Jul 2013This is the first DVD I watched on my new 84 inch screen, and it is pretty awesome.
The DVD cover looks interesting: a cute Japanese girl wielding a sword, but after watching the first 10 minutes I thought I had made a big mistake because it didn't seem like the sort of thing I would like. And then something changed... and I started to really enjoy it. It can't be taken too seriously, after all, it is based on a comic book character, yet it never becomes silly. Some reviewers here have compared it to Kill Bill. Actually it is nothing whatsoever like that film, apart from having a female heroine who is handy with a sword - although Aya Ueto as the eponymous, mini-skirted Azumi is very nice eye candy (and Uma Thurman... well... isn't). There is a marvellous (and a little bit camp) villain who is dressed all in white, wears red eye shadow, and carries a red rose; he makes a worthy foe and his climactic duel with Azumi is brilliant.
The DVD has a couple of good extra films which are worth seeing, Making Of Azumi Fighting On The Edge and Battle On The Wild Side, about casting the actors and the making of the film - from which it transpires that Ueto had a nasty accident on the very first day of filming and it's lucky the movie ever got made.
I already have Azumi 2 on order.
sword festBy a customer , 27 Jun 2013slow start, but worth watching for the fight scenes. standard story line - good vs bad , question the killing but continue anyway ! it has the occasional super jumping/flying antics, one against many fight scenes but its all tongue in cheek - enjoy
Azumi superlady!By a customer , 01 Jun 2013So much better than I thought! I actually cared for the characters. One day I'll not be surprised how 'magical' these samurai types can be!
High flying swordsBy Loopgrinder (176 reviews) , 24 May 2013Not the greatest of Japanese 'samurai' movies but watchable however a little too much on the 'Monkey' side for me.