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“Shouldn’t we help them?” [Azumi]
on 15 November 2016
This 2003 fantasy adventure drama is set in the aftermath of the historical battle of Sekigahara [1600CE] when master Jiji discovers the child Azumi and brings her up as an assassin along with 9 others to carry out a special mission. But having reached maturity, the assassins still have no idea of what the mission actually is and as they set off they soon learn things are not what they thought.
This is a live action version of the Manga Tv series, and the special effects and atmosphere reflect this remarkably well. The surround sound works well in the battle scenes while the special effects are far better than I had expected. Although there is little real plot here, the story is gripping while the numerous set piece fights help keep it all moving along quickly and if you can get past the action sequences, there are some moralistic dilemmas that Azumi -and the others, have to confront.
The single disc offers play, scenes, extras [making of, battle on the wildside, trailers & Tv spots] and optimum asia [a very short compilation trailer for other films]. Rated 18 on the adventure style martial arts violence, this has no nudity, although there are some inexplicit attempted rape scenes and some mild cussing, but the film is more a grown up version of 80s series such as ‘Monkey’ and ‘The Water Margin’. Don’t treat this as a ‘Flying Daggers’ or ‘Crouching Tiger’ and you may just like this if you want good and gory fight scenes, but above all it questions what's good and right.