Orphan Azumi is brought up in war-torn feudal Japan as an assassin. She is trained by Master G along with 10 of her fellow orphaned male assassins to kill two rival warlords - this is for the purpose of bringing peace to the nation. After completing their training, Master G has one final test for the 10 assassins. The 10 assassins are to pair off with each other and have one final battle to the death, leaving only 5 assassins. With their mission set, Azumi and the other surviving assassins journey out to decapitate the rival warlords.
Cast & Credits
Even several minutes into the film you become attached to all ten of the assassins and even their teacher (though you don’t know it yet.) Watching Azumi I felt close to her while she went through so many hardships. Falling in love, betrayal, revenge and a constant urge to keep fighting on, even when it seemed that all hope was lost. I just wanted to stop the movie, give her a hug and tell her that she would be all right.
Music: I can’t really recall too much music. What I do remember is that the music reflected the scene around the characters. It wasn’t too modern or loud. It was quiet, in the background adding to what was going on.
Cast/Acting: I gotta say I blame Ueto Aya for making fall for Azumi. It’s like I said earlier, I just wanted to hold her and comfort her and it’s all because of Ayas intense performance. It seems as if she isn’t just pretending to be Azumi, a female ninja whose heart was torn and turned to stone. It’s as if she is Azumi, fighting on to complete her mission no matter what.
The other performances are just as spectacular but Aya is the star and she is the one you focus on the most.
Rewatch Value: 9
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