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Kamui - The Lone Ninja Blu-ray
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Japanese CGI-enhanced martial arts adventure. In 17th-century Japan, ninja Kamui (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) decides that he wants to leave the lethal laws of the ninja fraternity behind him and seek true personal freedom. Unfortunately, Kamui knows only too well that the only escape from the ninja fraternity is through death. Now a fugitive on the run from his fellow ninjas, who are duty-bound to hunt him down and eliminate him for his betrayal, Kamui finds himself desperately fighting for his life and unable to trust anyone.
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Kamui was poor even by the standards of his poor village. He has a burning desire to become stronger. To this end he joins the ninja. After years of training, including the disciplining of a "breakaway" ninja. He has risen up the ranks to become one off the best. Now he decides to breakaway himself. However no one leaves the ninja alive. Constantly on the run, and fighting for his life have made suspicious to everyone. So of course the first person he does trust seems to stab him in the back, just so he can save him. Even when Kamui finds some sort of community, is he just creating more targets for the Ninja Hunters vengeance? This movie is brutal with over the top action and fights, and traumatic in many of the innocent deaths on thee whim of the Lords and Ninja, but the movie is delivers what it is supposed to.
Being a MASSIVE martial arts fan and particularly of those from Japan AND also a Kenichi Matsuyama fangirl I had high expectations for Kmaui. There I was expecting something between Death Note and Azumi but in the first 5 minutes I knew I wasn't going to be getting that at all. Firstly all the fights scenes I managed to watch were truely terrible because they were simply CGI generations without any skill being involved. Too many wires and dodgy graphics were used to make up for the fact that none of the actors knew the first thing about screen fighting. Frankly it was painful to watch! Then there were many unecessary uses of CGI... running deer in the woods, birds, back flips... all things that would have been better shot in live action and probably a whole lot easier and cheaper too!!!
But the main down point (as if the shoddy fake fights weren't bad enough) was the truely hateful narrative. This lone Ninja gets into a couple of scapes, gets washed up on some island and saves a bloke called Hanbi who was sentenced to death for cutting off some lord's horse's leg. Personaliy I would have been happy to see Hanbi get a good beheading for that so Kamui saving him seemed really pointless as you ahve no real sympathy for the charcater's imminent death. Then as they escape by sea they are attacked by sharks (yes attacked by awful CGI sharks) and THEN saved by pirates... ooohhhh yesss sharks and pirates in a martial arts film! The excitement was just too much for me at this point *uses sarcastic tone* and I decided to eject the disc and put in Kitamura's Verses instead... now that's entertainment!!!!!
How one reviewer claimed this was a wonderful ninja film I will never know... if you like trashy rubbish or are a hard core Kenichi Matsuyama fan go ahead and watch it. If you actually want to do something more wortwhile with your time go and watch paint dry cause it would sure beat watching this rubbish!!!
It kinda fell short of my expectation...
The story - it was good, the typical ninja story: kill or be killed. It's about a boy who was trained since a young boy to be a ninja assassin. When he grew up he didn't want to kill anymore so he ran away. So there it begins a circle of other ninja assassins trying to assassinate him.
The narrative was interesting in the beginning - it was a mixed of still montages and scenes. But the story got a bit slow in the middle. It got into the emotions of Kamui when other characters came into his life.
I was hoping for a bit more action, it did have action - loads of running and jumping and flying around. The visual FX is so appalling. It really reminded me of the classic Godzilla film where the motions just looked superficial. I don't think they even tried to hide the fact that the VFX wasn't great.
I think I had so much expectations before seeing this film, I was quite disappointed when it didn't deliver. I was expecting this to be as good as Dororo [DVD] . I did enjoy the story, just the execution falls a bit short for me.
A 3 out of 5 from me.
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