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Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Sada Mayumi
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Casshern director Kiriya Kazuaki returns with the highly anticipated Goemon, a full-blown period action epic that matches the visionary ambition and aesthetic of his first film. Produced by J-horror giant Ichise Takashige, Goemon brings together a score of familiar stars and even more familiar characters for a grand old adventure in feudal Japan. Eguchi Yosuke (Children of the Dark) leads the pack as eponymous folk hero Ishikawa Goemon, the Japanese answer to Robin Hood, along with a star-studded cast - Osawa Takao, Hirosue Ryoko, Kaname Jun, Okuda Eiji, Ibu Masato, Terajima Susumu, Gori, Tamayama Tetsuji, and Sato Takeru to name a few - essaying various historical and fictional figures. Kiriya Kazuaki makes everything larger than life with fast-speed action, uncanny costumes and set design, and the eye-boggling visuals and special effects that made Casshern and now Goemon such a spectacular cinematic experience.

Warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Okuda Eiji) rises to power in the late 16th century after the assassination of his lord Oda Nobunaga. In these chaotic times, chivalrous bandit Goemon (Eguchi Yosuke) rises as a hero among commoners, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In one of his many escapades, he steals a box from a merchant, and passes it off to a street urchin (Fukasawa Arashi). But this turns out to be no ordinary box as warlord Toyotomi's right-hand man Ishida (Kaname Jun) soon sends ninja and childhood friend Saizo (Osawa Takao) after Goemon. What's more, a legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo (Terajima Susumu), under the orders of Hideyoshi's rival Tokugawa Ieyasu (Ibu Masato), also join the fray, leading to a swordfighting free-for-all for the box and the secret that lies within.

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Product Title: Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 大盜五右衛門 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 大盗五右卫门 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Sada Mayumi | Terajima Susumu | Nakamura Hashinosuke | Gori | Ryo | Kaname Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tamayama Tetsuji | Ibu Masato | Okuda Eiji | Toda Erika | Fukuda Mayuko | Fukasawa Arashi | Satoh Takeru | Choi Hong Man 江口洋介 (Actor) | 廣末涼子 (Actor) | 大澤隆夫 (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | 寺島進 | 中村橋之助 | Gori | Ryo | 要潤 | 小日向文世 | 玉山鐵二 | 伊武雅刀 | 奧田瑛二 | 戶田惠梨香 | 福田麻由子 | 深澤嵐 | 佐藤健 | 崔洪萬 江口洋介 (Actor) | 广末凉子 (Actor) | 大泽隆夫 (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | 寺岛进 | 中村桥之助 | Gori | Ryo | 要润 | 小日向文世 | 玉山铁二 | 伊武雅刀 | 奥田瑛二 | 户田惠梨香 | 福田麻由子 | Fukasawa Arashi | 佐藤健 | 崔洪万 江口洋介 (Actor) | 広末涼子 (Actor) | 大沢たかお (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | テラジマススム | 中村橋之助 | ゴリ | りょう | 要潤 | 小日向文世 | 玉山鉄二 | 伊武雅刀 | 奥田瑛二 | 戸田恵梨香 | 福田麻由子 | 深澤嵐 | 佐藤健 | チェ・ホンマン Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Sada Mayumi | Terajima Susumu | Nakamura Hashinosuke | Gori | Ryo | Kaname Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tamayama Tetsuji | Ibu Masato | Okuda Eiji | Toda Erika | Fukuda Mayuko | Fukasawa Arashi | Satoh Takeru | Choi Hong Man
Director: Kiriya Kazuaki 紀里谷和明 纪里谷和明 紀里谷和明 Kiriya Kazuaki
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2010-08-03
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 128 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023017842

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Director: Kiriya Kazuaki

Goemon is a legendary master thief who roams at will throughout the chaotic world of the "Sengoku - Warring States" period. Being a charisma for the public, he steals from the riches and provides for the poor. One night, he unexpectedly steels a strange box from a wealthy merchant, which holds the key to the assassination of a leader who was killed on the eve before the unification of Japan. When the secret reveals, a conflict would rise putting all powers in chaos.
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Professional Review of "Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 9, 2010

This professional review refers to Goemon (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Five years after making his eyeball-searing debut with Casshern, former Japanese fashion photographer and music video director Kiriya Kazuaki returns with more visual splendour and epic action in the form of Goemon Produced by the legendary Ichise Takashige (who worked on key modern Asian horrors such as The Ring, Dark Water and The Grudge), the film is a period set fantasy in the Robin Hood style, with Eguchi Yosuke (recently in Shaolin Girl and Children of the Dark) as the titular rogue ninja hero who has to face up to his destiny as he tries to save the country. The film boasts an illustrious supporting cast, including Osawa Takao (Ichi, Sky High), Hirosue Ryoko (Villon's Wife), Kaname Jun (Blood, K-20), Okuda Eiji (Be Sure to Share), Terajima Susumu (Ichi the Killer), and Tamayama Tetsuji (Casshern) amongst others. A mixture of wild fiction and historical fact, the film was a box office hit in Asia.

The film takes place in 1582, with the noble lord Nobunaga having been assassinated before achieving his aim of unifying the nation and saving it from war and with his top general Hideyoshi (Okuda Eiji) taking the throne. At the same time, a bandit called Goemon (Eguchi Yosuke) rises to fame after robbing the rich and giving to the poor, before running into complications after stealing a seemingly innocuous box. Soon enough, all manner of people are after him, including Hideyoshi's calculating henchman Ishida (Kaname Jun), the famous Hattori Hanzo (Terajima Susumu) and his own childhood friend and fellow ninja Saizo (Osawa Takao). As he tries to figure out the box's secret, Goemon is caught up in a battle to rule the country, and as the common people increasingly come to bear the bloody burden of their leaders' ambitions, he is forced to take a difficult decision whether or not to take up arms himself in the name of the greater good.

It's immediately obvious that Goemon is first and foremost a visual feast, with style, substance, and Kiriya Kazuaki's bold imagination being allowed free and unfettered reign. Whilst in the hands of a lesser visionary this might not have been a good thing, here the result is one of the wildest and most glorious, breathtaking examples of cinematic eye candy of recent years. Simply put, the film is absolutely stunning, with gorgeous effects that dominate throughout. Although the film is at times almost entirely based around computer effects, Kazuaki's creativity keeps things coherent, and whilst outlandish, its fantasy world is convincing and atmospheric. The film is equally stunning during its massive set pieces and its quieter moments, with ornate sets, production design and costumes that mix Japanese and European styles, fusing them with the gothic and baroque. Added to this is a pounding choral score, and the film is an assault on the senses from start to finish, and one that really has to be seen to be believed.

Thankfully Kazuaki, who also wrote the script, doesn't neglect the other aspects of the film, and manages to give the proceedings a vaguely philosophical bent. In this respect it recalls Casshern quite closely, with the plot revolving mainly around anti-war themes of pacifism and personal responsibility. Goemon himself makes for a likable protagonist, with Eguchi turning in a charismatic performance that makes his character's inevitable progression from outlaw to hero involving. His devil may care attitude similarly adds a welcome sense of fun to the story, and keeps its weightier themes from ever dragging it down into too much ponderousness.

Goemon does have its flaws, most of which are the same as with Casshern, mainly that its pacing is slightly off, and although never dull, it does suffer from a few lulls and overstretched scenes of flashbacks and exposition. For some viewers, the visual overload may be a bit too much to take, and though Kazuaki ramps up the action, even these scenes are undeniably excessive, being filled with characters leaping huge distances into the air before crashing down on their foes. This is really the only area in which the film's special effects let it down somewhat, as most of its duels, fights and mass battle scenes are filled with quite obvious CGI blood, which never really convinces and which detracts from the overall visceral impact.

Still, in the grand scheme of things these are minor criticisms at best, and as a piece of glorious cinematic showmanship it really is hard to fault Goemon. Relentlessly thrilling and astounding, even on the small screen it makes for a wholly captivating and hugely entertaining viewing experience, and it must be hoped that it does not take Kiriya Kazuaki another five years to come up with something equally brave and ambitious.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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