Azumi Reviews

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?
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.
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 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
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
Azumi (based on a 25-part manga series) has eye-popping battle sequences, but the story is superficial at best.
July 21, 2006
Plot and character development are quickly sacrificed to over-the-top action, but with a miniskirted menace in the lead, it's safe to say that fans, at least, will love it.
July 20, 2006
Adapted from the manga of the same title, this 2003 action flick tracks the blood-spurting adventures of its title character, a young female assassin who wields a lethally mean sword.
July 20, 2006
The world seen through the bloodshot eyes of Xbox zombies.
July 19, 2006
Compared with his geekily gonzo comic book/samurai/zombie splatterfest Versus, Ryuhei Kitamura's Azumi (itself an adaptation of a popular manga) is surprisingly tame and lucid.
August 2, 2004
Though Kitamura wades into blood-and-guts spectacle with panache and infinite death-dispensing ingenuity, the wraparound moral tale feels weak, igniting dramatically only when oddball villains appear.
February 18, 2004
Dull characters and dry storytelling are to blame here.