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Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Kaname Jun
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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) (Taiwan Version) 大盜五右衛門 (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 大盗五右卫门 (Blu-ray) (台湾版) GOEMON Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Kaname Jun | Sato Eriko (Actor) | Sada Mayumi | Terajima Susumu | Nakamura Hashinosuke | Gori | Ryo | Tamayama Tetsuji (Actor) | 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) | 要潤 | 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | 寺島進 | 中村橋之助 | Gori | | 玉山鐵二 (Actor) | 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) | 要润 | 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | 寺岛进 | 中村桥之助 | Gori | Ryo | 玉山铁二 (Actor) | 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) | 要潤 | 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 佐田真由美 | テラジマススム | 中村橋之助 | ゴリ | りょう | 玉山鉄二 (Actor) | 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) | Kaname Jun | Sato Eriko (Actor) | Sada Mayumi | Terajima Susumu | Nakamura Hashinosuke | Gori | Ryo | Tamayama Tetsuji (Actor) | 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: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-06-10
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 6.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 128 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022791506

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Professional Review of "Goemon (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan 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.

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Lots of style and some substance, too
Style over substance? I wouldn't expect any less from Kiriya Kazuaki. Kiriya only directed one other film before Goemon, but it happens to be the stunning special effects explosion that is Casshern, a movie absolutely amazing to look at and near impossible to comprehend. Five years later, the director's sense of aesthetic hasn't changed much, but he has gotten better at making sense.

Kiriya's take on the adventures of buccaneering bandit Goemon is a sensory overload of CGI spectacle, flamboyant costumes, Shakespearean treachery, and romanticized exploits. The villains swagger, the heroes suffer, and everyone gets to stab someone. Kiriya reimagines 16th century folk hero Goemon Ishikawa as a tragic figure gone rogue, a former shinobi of the late daimyo Nobunaga Oda who was betrayed and killed by reigning daimyo Hideyoshi Toyotomi. When a power struggle breaks out under Hideyoshi's nose, Goemon gets pulled into the vengeful mess.

Goemon's ambitious narrative covers many characters, backstories, and betrayals, but the whole story is surprisingly easy to follow, and should be especially meaty for those who know their Sengoku-era history and mythology. Goemon is mostly legend to begin with so Kiriya's version of his life is no more far-fetched than anything else on the books, and the film even manages to throw some inventive variations, like the famous public execution scene. More fascinating than the character Goemon itself is actually how he plays into the film's labyrinth of power struggle and political conspiracies, which cast Hideyoshi Toyotomi as a traitorous, lustful, power-hungry conqueror whom both Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu are gunning to overthrow.

When the history gets too heavy and the running time too lengthy, there's always action and spectacle to speed things up, and Goemon certainly keeps the audiences' eyes occupied with everything from flying rooftop duels and mountaintop bouts to dazzling brothels and a fiery ship burning. Our conflicted hero Goemon also takes on an increasingly ridiculous number of adversaries in some impressively over-the-top action scenes, like the breathtaking storming of the castle sequence and the sprawling battlefield finale.

Goemon's special effects would trump all, if there weren't so many stars to look at as well. The big players are Eguchi Yosuke as Goemon, Hirosue Ryoko as Lady Cha Cha, Kaname Jun as plotting samurai Ishida Mitsunari, Osawa Takao as tragic ninja Saizo, Masato Ibu as Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Okuda Eiji as larger-than-life, scenery-chewing warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Most of the main cast attack their roles with delightfully transparent performances, particularly Osawa Takao who's pretty close to a walking award nomination reel, and Okuda Eiji who steals the show as the bad guy who just won't go away. On top of that, there's comedian Gori in a major supporting role as Goemon's comedic foil, and actors like Toda Erika, Sato Takeru, Terajima Susumu, Ryo, Tamayama Tetsuji, Sato Eriko, Saya Mayumi, and Fukuda Mayuko dropping by in passing roles. Goemon's cast is so large and varied, there's even room for Korean K-1 fighter Choi Hong Man as an evil henchman. Yes, this movie really does have something for everyone.
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