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Goemon [DVD] [2009]

Arashi Fukasawa , Jun Kaname    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arashi Fukasawa, Jun Kaname
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Japanese action fantasy based on the folk legend of Goemon Ishikawa, the Robin Hood-esque, 16th-century, ninja bandit who stole from the rich to give to the poor. When warlord Oda Nobunaga (Hashinosuke Nakamura) dies, Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) discovers that he was cruelly betrayed by his seemingly loyal right-hand man, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Eiji Okuda), who takes over Nobunaga's reign and goes on to complete his long-held dream of unifying Japan under one ruler. As the gap between rich and poor widens under Toyotomi's despotic rule, Goemon takes it upon himself to redistribute the country's wealth to the lower classes. When he steals a mysterious carved box from a secret grave and gives it away to a homeless boy, Goemon finds himself pursued by all factions as it emerges that the box holds the key to untold power and is crucial to the nation's future.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Special Effects Orgasm 11 Aug 2010
Fashion photographer turned filmmaker, Kazuaki Kiriya (Director of Casshern), returns with a stunning epic about a 16th century ninja/avenging warrior known as Ishikawa Goemon (Ysuke Eguchi); who stole from the rich and distributed his haul of gold to the poor without wearing girlie green tights and hanging about with fat drunken monks. The year is 1582 and feudal Japan has finally been united in peace; that is until master-thief Goemon steals a wooden box from Japan's newly appointed ruler, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Eiji Okuda), which accommodates vital information on documents that will dramatically change the fate of the nation.

If you were entertained by Casshern then there's a very good chance you'll enjoy this overly stylized visual treat charged with outstanding battle sequences laced with a kinetic lunacy. It should also appeal to fans of extreme cinema as Goemon flexes his superhuman strength by slicing his foes in half and rapidly piling up the body count: shot in slow motion capture and amply sprayed with blood.

Goemon is loosely based upon a Japanese folk tale but as there isn't any real information recorded about this character: the whole affair is basically a pseudo history lesson. 90% of the feature is CGI enhanced and some of the tapestry gives-off a video game feel but in some scenes the gorgeous cinematography is a special effects orgasm providing multi-tiered jaw-dropping ninja battles to help detract the viewer from a weak script slightly padded with romance.

Kiriya's stylistic flair elevates this absorbing tale into something more than just a by the numbers ninja with swords affair. This fast paced action-adventure with fight scenes similar to those executed in anime doesn't suffer from the style over substance flaw despite the heavy usage of green screen. Goemon is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but it is highly entertaining despite the minor plot flaws and well worth watching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment 15 Oct 2010
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A well directed and very well executed film. Historically inaccurate but an entertaining storyline never-the-less. The dialogue, combined with a rapidly moving story-line, ensures an entertaining and easy to watch action flick.

I would suggest that this would appeal to viewers who enjoyed "Dragon, Tiger Gate" rather than "When the Last Sword is Drawn". I enjoyed all three.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 20 Mar 2011
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I bought this largely on the basis of the other reviews here and have to say i was very disappointed with it. One reviewer puts it in the same class as 'Hero', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Curse of the Golden Flower' and 'House of Flying Daggers'. It isn't. I enjoyed all of those films but came away with very mixed feelings about this one. Huge parts of it I thought were childish and infantile. Norman Wisdom wouldn't have been out of place! The use of cgi was very evident and I didnt think very well done. The horse riding scenes were laughable. I came to the conclusion the film couldn't decide whether it was playing it for laughs based on an audience of under 5's or wanted to be a more serious historical drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you're a British fan of "Goemon" - please note that the 'American' Funimation BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Check your players Region Coding for 'BLU RAY' before making an expensive mistake...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Oblomov
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I should have known better - Casshern drove me nuts so goodness knows why I bought this. Very glossy and colourful and supposed to be 16th Cent. Japan -LOL! I don't mind a bit of fantasy wire work but I do get tired of people leaping a thousand feet into the air and pinging around like Yoda vs Count Duku. Perhaps I should not have watched it after viewing 13 Assassins and Ip Man, both infinitely superior movies. If you like ultra gloss CGI and video gaming style you will enjoy this otherwise have your barge pole ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 31 Jan 2011
They sort of twisted the commonly accepted story of Goemon, but overall I enjoyed the film. It was very special effects heavy, but the plot and acting were strong enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Live actors in a cg cut scene 7 Dec 2010
By Mr. D
Ok, to start off with if you liked Casshern, you will probably enjoy this film. The story is simple and pretty straight forward, so you can follow along. But be prepared for a film that puts it look before much of anything else. Watching this film, as my title states, was like watching human actors green screened into a 2 hour long cut scene from the current crop of Japanese video games. Even the horses people ride about are cgi work, but then again since most of the landscapes are cgi as well I suppose that's fitting.
Some of the work is impressive, other portions cry out 'Hey I was made in a computer'. And most set and costume design are a vanciful video game-manga hybred with hints of historical acuracy tossed into the mix.
So in conclusion if you like your samurai movies like Casshern or Kamui, you'll like this film as well.
A more traditionalist who like Sanjuro or Seven Samurai perhaps not so much.
Must confess though this film is one action scene after another , they some how felt repeatitive after a while. So sitting there watching Goeman felt more like 3-3 1/2 hours rather than 2. But I'd fall more into the traditionalist group.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese or what!!! 2 Oct 2010
By DeeDee
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I have not yet watched the DVD but I bought it after downloading a rental on my iPod... even on that tiny screen I was blown away by the story and special effects, but the story line was easy to follow and the subtitles were not intrusive at all. And I cried at certain parts. The ending was an emotional rollercoaster! I have watched 'Hero', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Curse of the Golden Flower' and 'House of Flying Daggers' (all excellent films) and this film I feel is much on a par with those - although they probably had more money to spend! I recommend it if is the start of your foray into Japanese films - albeit only those set in the past.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
From the cast to the special effects with a great story and martial art/ stunt work. Soundtrack is pretty good too.
Published 4 months ago by Fumikovega
3.0 out of 5 stars Epic Movie great story, awesome action, beautiful colours, but to too...
Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood.

In this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Ysuke Eguchi), who leaves his... Read more
Published 6 months ago by worldofcinema
3.0 out of 5 stars Goemon
Lots of special effects and action packed. Worth watching when nothing to do. All in all not a bad film.
Published 12 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is one of the better films of this type -striking and beautiful imagery and the sort of over the top CGI that I love. Read more
Published 15 months ago by gawayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great
The film was well made and enjoyable, but there were a few unbelievable parts that deminished the overall effect. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MONSON,
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Thief meets Manga and Mayhem
If you've seen Casshern and enjoyed it, or rather, where blown away by it you should like Goemon - it's very similar in look and style. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by The Truth
4.0 out of 5 stars The master thief
Goemon is a Japanese folk hero in the tradition of Robin Hood -- fighting tyranny and robbing the rich to give to the poor. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning follow up to Casshern
This is a terrific follow up to Casshern but whereas that was a SF movie this is a period set drama, albeit a very fantastically realised one. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by P. N. Hussey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I don't write reviews like ever, but i figured this movie was totally worth me actually writing something. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Goemon
A wee cracker of a film fun from start to finish. The fight scenes are some of the best I have ever seen.
Published on 9 May 2011 by discodave
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