Review: Azumi

I know its already old, but thats why its good OLD classic! Azumi is one of my favourit Japanese movies, even though I never read the manga to it! So let me intodruce it to those who dunno it.


Movie1:Azumi (played by Aya Ueto) is discovered as a 7–8 year old girl kneeling without visible emotion next to the body of her dead mother by the samurai master Gessai, played by Yoshio Harada, and his entourage of young students. Azumi is raised in the martial skills of samurai and shinobi sword fighting, and the art of assassination. Azumi and her fellow classmates, now at young adult age, are constantly being told about a "mission" they must accomplish, though they have no idea what this mission is yet.
Prior to setting out on their mission, their master orders his students to "pair up" with each others' best friend and proceed to kill each other, thus out of 10 students only five will remain to proceed with the mission. Questions and internal conflicts begin to arise amongst Azumi and her comrades as it seems their mission even prevents them from saving a village of mostly women and children from being massacred at the hands of a group of bandits, as their primary mission is to kill the warlords Asano nagamasa, Masayuki Sanda and Kyomasa. Aside from the warlords, Azumi must also deal with a narcisstic mercenary, Bijomaru Mogami, whose sword has no hand guards as he claims to never have had to defend against attacks. He is very feminine in appearance, seen wearing makeup, having long hair and always carries around a rose. He kills one of Azumi's friends and is the final villain that Azumi has to fight in the movie. Azumi and Bijomaru fight to a standstill when Bijomaru, already insane, snaps. He becomes reckless and Azumi decapitates him.


Immediately after the final events of the first film, Azumi and her remaining friend Nagara are stalked by the men of a warlord she recently assassinated. Upon escaping, they are out-numbered and "out-gunned" and must join forces with a local resistance and a group of bandits in order to kill the remaining warlord and bring peace to Japan. To make things even more complicated for Azumi, she must also confront her emotions in regards to a fighter who bears a scary resemblance to her deceased schoolmate and friend Nachi.

My Opinion: Its one of my no1 movies! I mean as I heard that Aya Ueto will play and Shun oguri, I had a bad feeling about it! But man it turned out well! The plot, the actors, the music and the scenery are perfect! But I am a bit influenced, because I love those old style movies! Especially when they have to travel thru nature! The fights are bloody, but the story is it too! Everyone should know that movie, lols..thats what I think!! watch it and enjoy!!!