Azumi (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 10, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This adaptation of the popular manga series offers exquisitely choreographed violence -- and little else.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

An uneven effort overall that when it is working has a strange, engaging energy that is often overturned by an uncertain staidness.

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An extraordinary film.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's a zippy time-passer.

James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Kitamura's visual power thankfully never drowns out the story's.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences...[the film] lacks the tautness of its heroine.

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Urban Cinefile

Well, this particular fantasy surely lost its novelty value a while back, and frankly never did much for me anyhow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Based on a popular manga series centring around a young girl who is raised by assassins and eventually set on a mission to kill off some warlords who threaten… More
JY Skacto
<i>Azumi</i>. Ryuhei Kitamura is in the director's chair. The beautiful Aya Ueto is a samurai assassin. So this should be one fantastic… More
xGary Xx
A samurai sick of war takes in a group of orphans and trains them to be assassins with the sole purpose in life of killing the warlords responsible for the… More
EightThirty .
...U HAVE 2 WATCH THIS... (^_^)
Lewis C.
"No matter how much I try to escape...I can't avoid it. I have no choice...I am forced to kill." Azumi is a pretty standard Asian action flick… More
Cassandra Maples
Since Kill Bill 1 I never saw such a wonderful sword choreography. But it wasn't just for the honour, the pride and the respect that I feel for the Asian… More