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KAMUI (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Matsuyama Kenichi (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor)
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Popular actor Matsuyama Kenichi (Detroit Metal City) plays a ninja on the run in Blood and Bones director Sai Yoichi's latest film Kamui. Co-scripted by acclaimed screenwriter Kudo Kankuro, the period action film is based on Shirato Sanpei's manga about a fugitive ninja hunted by his former comrades. An exciting blend of fantasy, action, and historical adventure, the film surrounds Matsuyama's lone brooding ninja with spectacular CGI and a star-studded cast that includes Koyuki (Blood: The Last Vampire), Ito Hideaki (Umizaru), veteran Kobayashi Kaoru, Tsuchiya Anna (Sakuran), Ohgo Suzuka (Into the Faraway Sky), Hong Kong star Ekin Cheng (The Storm Warriors), and Yamazaki Tsutomu as the narrator.

Low-ranking ninja Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi) seeks the freedom to live life as he wishes, but he is bound by the rules of feudal Japan and his clan. He who is born a ninja, dies a ninja. Constantly on the run from other ninjas out for his life, Kamui trusts and cares for no one until fate brings him to a fishing village where he meets fisherman Hanbei (Kobayashi Kaoru) and his family.

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Product Title: KAMUI (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 忍者戰場 (DVD) (台灣版) 忍者战场 (DVD) (台湾版) カムイ外伝 KAMUI (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Kamui The Ninja / Kamui Gaidan / The Legend of Kamui / Kamui - The Lone Ninja 卡姆伊外傳 卡姆伊外传 Kamui The Ninja / Kamui Gaidan / The Legend of Kamui / Kamui - The Lone Ninja Kamui The Ninja / Kamui Gaidan / The Legend of Kamui / Kamui - The Lone Ninja
Artist Name(s): Matsuyama Kenichi (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru (Actor) | Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Tsuchiya Anna (Actor) | Ohgo Suzuka (Actor) 松山研一 (Actor) | 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 小林薰 (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 土屋安娜 (Actor) | 大後壽壽花 (Actor) 松山研一 (Actor) | 郑伊健 (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 小林薰 (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | Tsuchiya Anna (Actor) | 大後寿寿花 (Actor) 松山ケンイチ (Actor) | 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 小林薫 (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 土屋アンナ (Actor) | 大後寿々花 (Actor) Matsuyama Kenichi (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru (Actor) | Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Tsuchiya Anna (Actor) | Ohgo Suzuka (Actor)
Director: Sai Yoichi 崔 洋一 Sai Yoichi 崔洋一 최양일
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 120 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023911096

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導演: 崔洋一

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Professional Review of "KAMUI (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

August 2, 2010

This professional review refers to Kamui - The Lone Ninja (DVD) (English Subtitled) (UK Version)
Kamui: the Lone Ninja is a live action adaptation of the legendary Japanese manga created back in 1964 by Sanpei Shirato, directed by Yoichi Sai, previously responsible for the harrowing Takeshi Kitano drama Blood and Bones. The film is a wild fantasy adventure, which enticingly offers not only ninja action and the usual clan wars, but also pirates, sharks, and battles on the high seas. Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo (Zebraman, Ping Pong), the film features an all star cast headlined by Matsuyama Kenichi (Detroit Metal City), with support from Koyuki (Blood: The Last Vampire), Ito Hideaki (Umizaru), Tsuchiya Anna (Sakuran), and Ohgo Suzuka (Into the Faraway Sky), with an appearance from Hong Kong star Ekin Cheng (The Storm Warriors.

The film is set in 17th century Japan, and follows Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi), a young ninja whose wish for freedom and to live his life by his own rules pushes him to leave his clan of assassins in search of his destiny. This doesn't sit too well with his former colleagues, who set about hunting him down, determined to punish his betrayal with death. After he saves the life of a fisherman called Hanbei (veteran actor Kobayashi Kaoru), he winds up living at a small beach village, where he finally finds some measure of peace. Unfortunately, his presence soon stirs up trouble, not least since Hanbei's own wife is actually an outcast ninja, who fears that Kamui may have been sent to kill her. A band of shark hunting pirates arrive at the village, taking the young ninja under their wing, though with his pursuers rapidly closing in, he has to make a choice whether to flee or fight.

A suitably epic affair, Kamui: the Lone Ninja covers a lot of ground, and although obviously condensed from the mammoth manga, it never sacrifices the feel of the source material for the sake of a high concept popcorn plot, with plenty of pondering as Kamui steadfastly chases his goal of personal freedom while encountering thorny moral issues. The story is engaging, with lots of intrigue, betrayals and deceptions that keep things moving along, and it benefits from being surprisingly harsh in places, especially towards the end. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it does have the feel of an origin film, introducing the protagonist and featuring an essentially open ended narrative, though it sets things up for any continuing sequels with a pleasingly economic lack of fuss. Though mainly defined by his desire for freedom, Kamui is an interesting figure, quite different to the average ninja hero, and this initial character journey does see somewhat of a transformation from boy to man. Matsuyama Kenichi is perfectly acceptable in the lead, glowering effectively throughout, though for the most part the character's motivations and emotions are explained by narrator Yamazaki Tsutomu.

The film certainly delivers the goods for ninja fans, with plenty of action, intrigue, and secret skills and techniques with cool sounding names. For the most part, Sai keeps things restrained in terms of fight scenes, which tend to come in short, sharp bursts before the inevitable last act mass battle and showdown. This approach works well, and is in keeping with the ninja theme, adding a sense of danger and the unpredictable to its clashes. The choreography is generally of a good standard, if somewhat over stretched by slow motion at times, and the film benefits from a few flashes of blood and limb chopping along the way.

The film is also lifted by some top notch production values, which Sai makes the very most out of. The sunny coastal setting is picturesque, and the gorgeous aquamarine water and beachside villages give the film a different feel to other ninja outings, as does the shark slaying angle. Sai's direction fits the material well, shifting from epic to intimate as required, and the film as a whole manages a good balance between thrills, story telling and character, giving it a more crafted feel than the average blockbuster. The special effects are generally good, and are used to enhance rather than dominate the film, though some of the CGI is a little obvious, especially during some odd and not entirely convincing scenes of jumping sharks.

This doesn't get in the way of the fun too much, and Kamui: the Lone Ninja stands as one of the better examples of the ninja genre. Sai works hard to bring Sanpei Shirato's vision to life without too much grand standing, and the film is all the more enjoyable for paying equal amounts of attention to character and excitement.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood

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Customer Review of "KAMUI (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 3, 2012

This customer review refers to Kamui - The Lone Ninja (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Keep it simple Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
As a young boy, the title character of "Kamui" is trapped in a life in which he is relentlessly bullied and mistreated. Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi) seeks freedom and escape from this living hell through becoming a powerful ninja, able to ward off any assaults. He discovers, however, that being a ninja does not bring freedom, but instead enshackles him to the demands of the Iga ninja clan. Hoping to gain that illusive freedom, Kamui flees the ninja only to find that he now lives life as a kind of hunted animal, always on the run from the tentacles of his clan. Finally, he washes up on the shore of an isolated island, where he bonds with a the residents of a small fishing village and, through that bond, begins to learn that true freedom comes not through escape, but instead within community. But can Kamui ever truly leave his past behind?

This rich and compelling story plays out mostly within the film's engrossing first half. Much of the film's second half is devoted to epic battles in which Kamui's history comes back to haunt him. Matsuyama Kenichi glowers effectively throughout the film and lights up the screen on the very few occasions in which he cracks a smile. Kobayashi Kaoru as a fisherman who first tries to kill Kamui, then nurses him back to life, gives a fine performance, as does Koyuki as another renegade ninja seeking peace in the fishing village.

The film both soars and crashes on its extensive use of CGI special effects. The CGI does a spectacular job of depicting the unique skills of the ninja, making them look like black-clad Spidermen as they leap from tree to tree. It is jarringly inauthentic at producing leaping deer and jumping sharks. It yields an amazing scene of a small boat tossed about in a stormy sea, but looks quite fake when showing a huge pirate galleon navigating those same waters. Ultimately, the temptation to "go big", to create a spectacle through CGI, reduces the impact of "Kamui". When the film concentrates on the simple story of Kamui's search for freedom, it is very good. Recommended.
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