Azumi Reviews

April 18, 2007
The tone is bleak and the comic-book violence relentless, but the wirework and Yuta Morokaji's stunt choreography are impressive.
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 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 25, 2006
Though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences...[the film] lacks the tautness of its heroine.
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.
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.
January 17, 2006
[Ueto's] lightness works in her favour at times, and is readily incorporated into the kinetic energy of the film, culminating in a crowded finale.
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.