Azumi
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Orphaned in 19th-century war-torn Tokugawa Shogun period of Japan, Azumi is found and raised along with nine other orphans by Ji, the mentor. The Shogun, sickened by innocent lives lost in senseless warfare, had commissioned Ji to cultivate assassins that could eliminate warlords before they could strike. After 10 years of inconceivably harsh training and discipline, Azumi and her comrades, who have been molded into invincible warriors, excitedly await instructions from Ji. "An assassin has no choice but to fulfill his mission, however cruel or extreme," says their mentor. "This… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"An uneven effort overall that when it is working has a strange, engaging energy that is often overturned by an uncertain staidness."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"An extraordinary film."
‑ , Film4
"What will slay you first--the often histrionic acting or the drag-out boredom of that hulking, two-hour-plus thing in the distance that faintly resembles a plot?"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Azumi may be an outstanding assassin, but the makers of this movie killed any chances of her being the next great action hero."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"It's a zippy time-passer."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Failing in its attempts at Zhang Yimou-like poetry, Azumi calls to mind a long, blood-splattered director's cut of a Power Rangers episode."
‑ James C. Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Kitamura's visual power thankfully never drowns out the story's."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The raw visceral pleasures are enough to carry the film past some clunky melodrama that bloats the film to a two-hour-plus run time."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Ueto -- who was only a teenager when the film was made -- is no great actress, but her impressive agility and magnetic presence provide director Ryuhei Kitamura a perfect centerpiece around which to orchestrate his blistering ballet of blood."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Ryuhei Kitamura is 37, but he makes films like a 15-year-old fanboy. That is, he has no sense of story, his visual style is basically point-and-shoot, the boys are cool and rebellious and the girls are cute."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences...[the film] lacks the tautness of its heroine."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Well, this particular fantasy surely lost its novelty value a while back, and frankly never did much for me anyhow."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Nothing can lift the glaze from your eyes through the endlessly recurring hokey fight scenes of the movie's interminable 128-minute running time."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Azumi is slick, violently beautiful and appeals directly to the lower sensations. But just because it thrills doesn't necessarily mean it's artless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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