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Goemon (2009)

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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

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Kazuaki Kiriya

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Goemon Ishikawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Saizo Kirigakure
Ryôko Hirosue ... Chacha Asai
Jun Kaname ... Mitsunari Ishida
Gori Gori ... Sasuke Sarutobi
Mikijirô Hira ... Rikyu Sen
Masatô Ibu ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Matahachi
Hashinosuke Nakamura Hashinosuke Nakamura ... Nobunaga Oda
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Hong Man Choi Hong Man Choi ... Gao (as Choi Hong Man)
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Hanzo Hattori
Eriko Satô Eriko Satô ... Courtesan Yoshino
Erika Toda ... Courtesan Yukiri
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta ... Koheita's mother
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Storyline

Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief is murdered and uses his skills as a thief to help the poor. But after learning the identity of his leader's killer - the traitorous Hideyoshi (Eiji Okuda) - Goemon sets out on a bloody path of vengeance, joined by his loyal friend, Saizo (Takao Ôsawa). Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 May 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Goemon See more »

Filming Locations:

Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,456,963
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Rosa
Lyrics and composed by Yoshiki
Performed by Violet UK
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Superb ninja action-comedy-drama all-rounder
5 February 2012 | by fil_lifSee all my reviews

This fantastic tale of Goemon, a master-less shinobi turned master-thief, is a compelling action drama, with some genuinely funny light-hearted moments.

Like a mixture of Batman and Robin Hood, Goemon is a man unto himself, and a national hero. He lives by his own rules until his self-proclaimed freedom meets his past, and one robbery starts a chain of events set to turn his life upside down.

It's a great story of vengeance and betrayal, and if you add that to some great acting by the leads Yôsuke Eguchi (Goemon), and Takao Osawa (Saizo), and put it all through the beautifully shot stylings of Japanese cinema, you get this enthralling piece.

Only a couple of clichés in plot development and editing stop me from scoring the film higher, but with such minor faults, I couldn't recommend it more!


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