Kamui - The Lone Ninja details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Koichi Sato, Kaoru Kobayashi, Hideaki Ito, Koyuki, Ken'ichi Matsuyama|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, World Cinema|
|Original title||Kamui Gaiden|
Kamui - The Lone Ninja
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||09 Aug 2010|
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Probably the best Ninja movie ever made?By H0LLIE (198 reviews) from UK , 13 Aug 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Probably not. Though I did enjoy this it wasn't really as good as I was hoping. There's surprisingly little ninja based action, horses and sharks take the brunt of it, and over all I've seen many superior ninja movies.
Based on the manga Kamui Gaiden (The Legend Of Kamui) by Sanpei Shirato, this is the tale of Kamui, a breakaway ninja. He lives his life on the run in constant search of one simple thing: freedom. When he washes up on the shore of a small fishing island he appears to finally have found his dream, but of course that could never be the case.
Having heard quite some time ago that this film was being made I've had far too long to build it up in my mind, I blame that fact alone for my disappointment with it, because this is a good movie. It begins with a rather beautifully illustrted opening sequence and the tale is narated to us by a very pleasent voice. Once we move into the live action our narator leaves us but he makes the odd reapearance here and there throughout the remainder of the movie.
Though the action sequences are well choreographed and generally well executed they are coupled with clumsy wire work and unconvincing special effects. There is plenty of action at the beginning of the film and a decent amount near the end, but only sporadic bursts in between. This space is not filled with much by way of plot and so there are several lags. The acting from all is excellent, Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note/Detroit Metal City) shines as the films lead and proves further that at only 25 he can more than carry a movie by himself. Koyuki (The Last Samurai/Blood: The Last Vampire) offers fantastic support but is a little underused in my opinion, both she and Matsuyama offer up a fantastic underwater fight that I consider to be a highlight of the film.
The music is generally of a high standard and compliments the film perfectly but the direction is inconsistent, generally it remains basic and this works well, but occasionally the style changes to encompass a minor use of special effects and those bits don't seem to work. The editing is also fairly questionable at times with some scenes seeming a little incomplete.
So this isn't really anything to get too worked up about, but it is an enjoyable peice if asian cinema that I am sure to find myself watching again. Recommended.
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Ninja nonsense not nice...By Sargonix (42 reviews) from Letchworth Garden City , 13 Oct 2013This film could really use a better story and is badly paced. General ninja nonsense abounds to start, with the pretty rubbish (but forgivable) CGI of a Chinese high wire movie. Then the film completely fizzles out and drags on with little purpose. I simply fast forwarded it, after the film became increasingly clear that there was not much to miss. All conspires to create some dull stuff, perhaps the original material has better pacing?
ninji not on mangaBy a customer , 27 Sep 2013As an manga fans, this ninji movie is far better than i expected. The story is pretty well written, and the ending.... hm... is not end yet. Is there a part 2 coming?
Just Ridiculous!By Professor_Sato (2 reviews) , 13 Jan 2012Silly script, too much computer-generated special effects; the flying and swings from trees scene, not to mention the gravity defying stunts were just damn unrealistic. I couldn't wait for the end of the film.
It's not what I expect from a Japanese movie.
Kamui - The Lone Ninja would have been probably better off as anime.
Remember this is for the Japanese Youth Market!By a customer , 07 Sep 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOverall the film was a good watch and enough story and depth in the characters to keep me interested. Since the film is based on a manga, the emphasis is always on emotion, effect and violence.
There was not enough closure in the plot, too much was left open and undeveloped, as if there was a sequel being lined up. The lead and support actors did their job and the sets are authentic enough. The best part of the film has to be Kamui and Hanbei working together. The most confusing things were the cutting off the regents' horse's leg and why all the breakway ninjas were killed all at once!
If you like a bit of Kill Bill and crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, this will be a good film to watch!
Lone NinjaBy DJSBeds (2 reviews) , 09 Aug 2011This is a live action adaptation of the legendary Japanese manga created back in 1964 by Sanpei Shirato. It offers ninja action, clan wars, pirates, sharks, and battles.
The film is about a young ninja whose wish for freedom and to live his life by his own rules pushes him to leave his clan of assassins in search of his destiny. Not popular with his former colleagues, they set about hunting him down, determined to punish his betrayal with death. Saving the life of a fisherman called Hanbei, Kamui then lives at a small beach village, where he finally finds some measure of peace. Unfortunately, his presence soon stirs up trouble.
The film covers a great deal of ground, having been condensed from a mammoth manga and does keep the feel of the source material as Kamui chases his goal of personal freedom while encountering thorny moral issues. The film certainly delivers for most ninja fans and the choreography is generally of a good standard if, at times, over stretching the imagination with the mixture of slow motion and live actors.