Azumi Reviews

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July 14, 2010
An extraordinary film.
April 29, 2009
Kitamura's visual power thankfully never drowns out the story's.
October 18, 2008
Well, this particular fantasy surely lost its novelty value a while back, and frankly never did much for me anyhow.
September 11, 2007
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?
August 26, 2007
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.
April 18, 2007
The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive.
March 1, 2007
Nothing can lift the glaze from your eyes through the endlessly recurring hokey fight scenes of the movie's interminable 128-minute running time.
October 1, 2006
Azumi may be an outstanding assassin, but the makers of this movie killed any chances of her being the next great action hero.
September 7, 2006
It's a zippy time-passer.
July 28, 2006
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.
July 28, 2006
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.
July 28, 2006
Azumi is slick, violently beautiful and appeals directly to the lower sensations. But just because it thrills doesn't necessarily mean it's artless.
July 27, 2006
An uneven effort overall that when it is working has a strange, engaging energy that is often overturned by an uncertain staidness.
July 27, 2006
It's a B-movie through and through and its indulgences come from loving the genre too much, not bracketing it with postmodern quotation marks.
July 27, 2006
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.
July 27, 2006
...teen idol Ueto...is not believable as a warrior for even a second.
July 25, 2006
Though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences...[the film] lacks the tautness of its heroine.
July 21, 2006
This is fun because it's soo damn stupid.
July 21, 2006
Overdone and overlong, but its lunatic flavor -- check out Joe Odagiri's Tiny Tim as ninja sadist -- saves the day.
July 21, 2006
Azumi (based on a 25-part manga series) has eye-popping battle sequences, but the story is superficial at best.
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