Reviews

  • Mar 16, 2021

    In just 2 hours an amazing tale is told and a journey begins and ends. Even though the CGI from the first part of the movie is not the best, by the second part that is a no issue. Still, what matters is the plot and character development. If it had a longer runtime it would be even better, but this is not a hollywood movie so credit were credit is due.

    In just 2 hours an amazing tale is told and a journey begins and ends. Even though the CGI from the first part of the movie is not the best, by the second part that is a no issue. Still, what matters is the plot and character development. If it had a longer runtime it would be even better, but this is not a hollywood movie so credit were credit is due.

  • Dec 02, 2018

    One of the best film I ever seen

    One of the best film I ever seen

  • Jun 25, 2014

    To me, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to pass itself as looking like reality is just impressive technology. However, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to look more akin to something like a dream, a painting or something equally abstract, it becomes full-on art. Luckily, Writer/Director Kazuaki Kiriya seems to feel the same ways as I do, as now we have Goemon, his sophomore film, and the second of his movies to be almost entirely computer generated, but for purely artistic reasons. The scenery is colorful, kinetic and even literally glows with bright primary and secondary colors, and when viewing this, "does this look real" is not the question that will linger in your mind. Instead, one can only find themselves absorbed in the majesty of it all, as this movie is, sans perhaps Casshern before it, completely unlike anything else we have ever seen. The only problems come from what I like to call the "Micheal Bay Syndrome". No, not excessive cutting; no, not excessive explosions; no, not excessive use of cranes and/or dollies. Instead, the movie's one stagger comes in that sometimes the movie is so busy keeping your attention with vibrant and stylish visuals that it's easy to accidentally miss the story beats. The story contains numerous arcs, a couple of betrayals and multiple layers, so while Goemon may not have the best story around, it's quite good and requires that you pay at least a fair amount of attention to it. On the plus side, gone are the "just go with it" requirements that plagued Casshern, as well as over-whelmingly strong sociological statements. It also does not require numerous viewings to finally fully understand (except maybe a few fine details), and unlike Casshern, it's not so depressing that you just want to curl up and shut out the world. It has a somber ending to be sure, and the movie is rather powerful, but it's hardly overbearing, and isn't one of those movies where one has to be in a specific mind-set to enjoy it. It's epic but not lumbering, and it's emotional but not smothering. But most importantly, it sets out to tell a good story with an immense visual presentation, and it absolutely hits the mark.

    To me, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to pass itself as looking like reality is just impressive technology. However, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to look more akin to something like a dream, a painting or something equally abstract, it becomes full-on art. Luckily, Writer/Director Kazuaki Kiriya seems to feel the same ways as I do, as now we have Goemon, his sophomore film, and the second of his movies to be almost entirely computer generated, but for purely artistic reasons. The scenery is colorful, kinetic and even literally glows with bright primary and secondary colors, and when viewing this, "does this look real" is not the question that will linger in your mind. Instead, one can only find themselves absorbed in the majesty of it all, as this movie is, sans perhaps Casshern before it, completely unlike anything else we have ever seen. The only problems come from what I like to call the "Micheal Bay Syndrome". No, not excessive cutting; no, not excessive explosions; no, not excessive use of cranes and/or dollies. Instead, the movie's one stagger comes in that sometimes the movie is so busy keeping your attention with vibrant and stylish visuals that it's easy to accidentally miss the story beats. The story contains numerous arcs, a couple of betrayals and multiple layers, so while Goemon may not have the best story around, it's quite good and requires that you pay at least a fair amount of attention to it. On the plus side, gone are the "just go with it" requirements that plagued Casshern, as well as over-whelmingly strong sociological statements. It also does not require numerous viewings to finally fully understand (except maybe a few fine details), and unlike Casshern, it's not so depressing that you just want to curl up and shut out the world. It has a somber ending to be sure, and the movie is rather powerful, but it's hardly overbearing, and isn't one of those movies where one has to be in a specific mind-set to enjoy it. It's epic but not lumbering, and it's emotional but not smothering. But most importantly, it sets out to tell a good story with an immense visual presentation, and it absolutely hits the mark.

  • Aug 21, 2013

    Find my name in the end credit!

    Find my name in the end credit!

  • Aug 11, 2013

    Exciting stunts, action sequences, and good use of special effects round out this film. Don't be put off by this film being in Japanese with English subtitles.

    Exciting stunts, action sequences, and good use of special effects round out this film. Don't be put off by this film being in Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Jun 03, 2013

    Adorei o filme, muito muito bom! A estória é linda demais apesar de triste e a trilha sonora é maravilhosa! Adoro essa época do Japão em que estória se passa!!!

    Adorei o filme, muito muito bom! A estória é linda demais apesar de triste e a trilha sonora é maravilhosa! Adoro essa época do Japão em que estória se passa!!!

  • May 27, 2013

    this could have been an amazing film but several things just made it a disappointment. The very poor cgi, plot seemed confusing early on but when it kicked in you were really drawn in!

    this could have been an amazing film but several things just made it a disappointment. The very poor cgi, plot seemed confusing early on but when it kicked in you were really drawn in!

  • Mar 05, 2013

    2.5/5 Better than I thought it was going to be, but disappointing overall.

    2.5/5 Better than I thought it was going to be, but disappointing overall.

  • Feb 20, 2013

    It Should Come With a Warning I have always enjoyed Asian moviemakers use of action and history, even if the action is a little over the top and the history taken artistic advantage of. In the case of Goemon, however, the advantage taken was beyond the line of good taste. The events of the story are based, loosely, upon the events near the end of the medieval period of Japan, what is most commonly called Sengoku, or country at war. Almost all of the characters, major ones and minor ones, are at least named after historical people, but that is where the relation to history stops. How history is handled in this movie is almost comical expect for one fact that makes it insulting. This is just a movie and no reasonable intelligent person believes that history will be treated honorably by those who make entertainment, and sometimes that is just fine. However, in Goemon, the goal of the hero is to kill Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a general of Oda Nobunage who very briefly unified Japan before Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The events in the movie have Hideyoshi meet his end before he orders the invasion of the Korean peninsula. This invasion, known as the Imjin War, lasted for seven years and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. It was an utter failure for Hideyoshi and was a brutal war for the Korean people. The fact that this movie wants to dig up the roots of history to tell their tale and then skip over these blood soaked seven years straight to the Battle of Sekigahara is insulting. Perhaps such an inslut could be forgiven if the entertainment factor was there, but that is not the case. While Goemon is live action, it takes on an Anime influenced fantasy appearance with a touch of steam-punk. The steam-punk element is mostly found in the firearms used and a few objects, like a very sophisticated door and a mechanical Pandora's Box. The Anime influence is even more apparent because everything is computer generated, even the actors themselves during some action scenes. This really doesn't work well, as nothing looks real. The entire world is computer generated, grass, water, trees, sometimes even the furniture the actors are sitting on looks generated. The CGI effects are not good, there is a horrible contrast between the actors and their environment. If one wanted to be nice they could say that this was done on purpose to bring closer the worlds of live action and Anime, but the argument that the production company is cheap could also have a strong case. The writing is terrible. At the beginning of the movie a lieutenant of Hideyoshi, Mitsunari, is having his men search for Pandora's Box, which Goemon has stolen. They are very worried over it and are killing anyone who might get wind of it. So, one would think that this box would play a large role in this tale, which it doesn't. You see it at the start and then in disappears. It is not even explained why a object of western mythology is in Japan in the first place. No one talks about it until the very end when Goemon hands to a young boy he has been taking care of and gives him some banal speech about hope, or not being vengeful, before Goemon goes and avenges the death of his former lord Nobunaga. I am not sure. No one says anything worth saying or anything that makes that much sense. The motivations of the character is equally unclear. While it might seem like vengeance or greed is a motivation, characters don't seem fully committed. Of course, this could be the fault of the actors who are all flat and deadpan. Whether it is the fault of the writers, the director, or actors there is very little emotion or believably to these Anime devolved historical figures. The only thing the actors have going for them is their looks. Just about everyone in this movie is model from a magazine cover. Expect for those men who are to inspire a very weak and ineffectual comic relief, they are all handsome and stoic. The women are beautiful even when wearing some of the most ridiculous costumes. While everyone's hair is in place and make-up impeccably done this doesn't help the movie. The unbelievable good looks of the actors just adds to the unbelievably of the entire movie. It does however explain their poor acting. There is one compliant I have that has nothing to do with the movie and that is the version I had to watch was dubbed not subbed. Netflix streams quite a few foreign films but never gives the viewer the choice between subtitles or voice dubbing. Most of the times the english speaking actors who voice for foreign films are horrible. This is because of a combination of being limited to the mouth movements of the foreign actors and their lack of acting skill. Most people who enjoy foreign films will always want subtitles, as this sounds better and there is less lost in translation. Even if Goemon had subtitles it wouldn't have saved the movie, but perhaps given me something else to dislike.

    It Should Come With a Warning I have always enjoyed Asian moviemakers use of action and history, even if the action is a little over the top and the history taken artistic advantage of. In the case of Goemon, however, the advantage taken was beyond the line of good taste. The events of the story are based, loosely, upon the events near the end of the medieval period of Japan, what is most commonly called Sengoku, or country at war. Almost all of the characters, major ones and minor ones, are at least named after historical people, but that is where the relation to history stops. How history is handled in this movie is almost comical expect for one fact that makes it insulting. This is just a movie and no reasonable intelligent person believes that history will be treated honorably by those who make entertainment, and sometimes that is just fine. However, in Goemon, the goal of the hero is to kill Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a general of Oda Nobunage who very briefly unified Japan before Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The events in the movie have Hideyoshi meet his end before he orders the invasion of the Korean peninsula. This invasion, known as the Imjin War, lasted for seven years and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. It was an utter failure for Hideyoshi and was a brutal war for the Korean people. The fact that this movie wants to dig up the roots of history to tell their tale and then skip over these blood soaked seven years straight to the Battle of Sekigahara is insulting. Perhaps such an inslut could be forgiven if the entertainment factor was there, but that is not the case. While Goemon is live action, it takes on an Anime influenced fantasy appearance with a touch of steam-punk. The steam-punk element is mostly found in the firearms used and a few objects, like a very sophisticated door and a mechanical Pandora's Box. The Anime influence is even more apparent because everything is computer generated, even the actors themselves during some action scenes. This really doesn't work well, as nothing looks real. The entire world is computer generated, grass, water, trees, sometimes even the furniture the actors are sitting on looks generated. The CGI effects are not good, there is a horrible contrast between the actors and their environment. If one wanted to be nice they could say that this was done on purpose to bring closer the worlds of live action and Anime, but the argument that the production company is cheap could also have a strong case. The writing is terrible. At the beginning of the movie a lieutenant of Hideyoshi, Mitsunari, is having his men search for Pandora's Box, which Goemon has stolen. They are very worried over it and are killing anyone who might get wind of it. So, one would think that this box would play a large role in this tale, which it doesn't. You see it at the start and then in disappears. It is not even explained why a object of western mythology is in Japan in the first place. No one talks about it until the very end when Goemon hands to a young boy he has been taking care of and gives him some banal speech about hope, or not being vengeful, before Goemon goes and avenges the death of his former lord Nobunaga. I am not sure. No one says anything worth saying or anything that makes that much sense. The motivations of the character is equally unclear. While it might seem like vengeance or greed is a motivation, characters don't seem fully committed. Of course, this could be the fault of the actors who are all flat and deadpan. Whether it is the fault of the writers, the director, or actors there is very little emotion or believably to these Anime devolved historical figures. The only thing the actors have going for them is their looks. Just about everyone in this movie is model from a magazine cover. Expect for those men who are to inspire a very weak and ineffectual comic relief, they are all handsome and stoic. The women are beautiful even when wearing some of the most ridiculous costumes. While everyone's hair is in place and make-up impeccably done this doesn't help the movie. The unbelievable good looks of the actors just adds to the unbelievably of the entire movie. It does however explain their poor acting. There is one compliant I have that has nothing to do with the movie and that is the version I had to watch was dubbed not subbed. Netflix streams quite a few foreign films but never gives the viewer the choice between subtitles or voice dubbing. Most of the times the english speaking actors who voice for foreign films are horrible. This is because of a combination of being limited to the mouth movements of the foreign actors and their lack of acting skill. Most people who enjoy foreign films will always want subtitles, as this sounds better and there is less lost in translation. Even if Goemon had subtitles it wouldn't have saved the movie, but perhaps given me something else to dislike.

  • Jan 01, 2013

    "Goemon" is a Japanese historical drama based on the true story of Goemon Ishikawa's life during the Sengoku-era. It has a lot of action and heart-rending retributions since Goemon's mission is to avenge the death of Shogun Nobunaga. Though produced in 2009, the film has a poor CGI, which unfortunately could distract one from enjoying its excellent story plot and the battle scenes. However, this is a film that can teach a lot about Japanese history within a time frame of just two hours. This is a highly-recommended watch for history buffs.

    "Goemon" is a Japanese historical drama based on the true story of Goemon Ishikawa's life during the Sengoku-era. It has a lot of action and heart-rending retributions since Goemon's mission is to avenge the death of Shogun Nobunaga. Though produced in 2009, the film has a poor CGI, which unfortunately could distract one from enjoying its excellent story plot and the battle scenes. However, this is a film that can teach a lot about Japanese history within a time frame of just two hours. This is a highly-recommended watch for history buffs.