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  • Actors: Somegorô Ichikawa, Rie Miyazawa, Kanako Higuchi, Atsurô Watabe, Takashi Naitô
  • Directors: Yôjirô Takita
  • Writers: Kazuki Nakashima, Masashi Todayama, Sei Kawaguchi
  • Producers: Shuji Miyajima
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O76PVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ashura" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Demons hunger to walk the streets of Edo, and all that stands in their way are the fearsome warriors known as Demon Wardens. But when Izumo, their greatest swords- man, accidentally slays an innocent child, he vows never to spill blood again.

Years pass, and Izumo has made a new life for himself as a Kabuki theatre matinee idol. A chance encounter with Tsubaki, a beautiful thief with a mysterious past, brings romance back into his life — and deadly danger!

For signs and portents herald the rebirth of Ashura, Queen of the Demons. When she manifests, all Edo shall burn, and the demons shall have dominion over the Earth. And Izumo’s old rival from his Demon Warden days, Jaku, is for some reason helping them! Izumo is about to learn that Love can be Hell — Literally!

Directed by the Japan Academy Prize-winning filmmaker Yojiro Takita (When the Last Sword Is Drawn, Onmyoji) and based on the hit play of the same title, Ashura is an eye-popping, CG-seasoned blend of old-fashioned swashbuckling action, fantasy, and romance.

DVD Features:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
Dubbed in English

Bonus Material Includes:
Making of Ashura
Video Effects of Ashura
Interactive Program Notes
Original Theatrical Trailers

Customer Reviews

Ashura is a very good movie that the family enjoyed watching.
datak
I really wasn't expecting much from this movie, especially after the first few opening scenes, but it was actually pretty good.
O. Mcclelland
One of the most horrible martial arts movies I have ever scene.
G. Lett

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Kabuki has always been the secret heart of Japanese film. When the first motion picture cameras arrived in Japan, they immediately started filming Kabuki performances for posterity, and have never really stopped since. Kabuki's visual and storytelling style flavors all most all Japanese films, from big productions like Cutie Honey to kabuki-trained actress Inou Rie and her particular movements as Sadako in Ring.

It is rare, however, for modern Kabuki plays to be adapted directly into film. Nakashima Kazuki's "Ashurajo no Hitomi (1987)" ("The Eye of Castle Ashura") was a big enough hit that in 2005 director Takita Yojiro (Onmyoji) used it as the basis for his martial-arts fantasy film of the same name. As the lead he even cast Ichikawa Somegoro, who had made the role famous in the Kabuki theater. It was a bold and ambitious experiment.

The story is huge in scope. In a magical time of old Japan, a time when demons walk the earth, Wakuraba Izumo (Ichikawa) is a powerful Demon Warden, who is charged with seeking out and killing demons where he can find them. His faith in himself is shaken one day when he accidentally kills a young girl. Abandoning his host, he loses himself as an actor in the kabuki theater, a place where you past makes no difference. Into this world comes Bizan (Higuchi Kanako from
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2008
Format: DVD
I love this film, and i love Kabuki theatre as well. Its an old japanese tell about love and the end of the world. The cool thing is this story was originally made as a play and the main character in this movie is a traditional Kabuki theatre actor. He even plays the same character in the theatre. This guy brings a warm element of Kabuki in this movie and i cannot stress it enough.

You will love this movie. The graphics arent too cheesy and the beauty of some of backdrops will stick in your mind. Even the music adds to the film and gives it a soul.

You will not be disappointed. It may be graphic for the young ones as it has sex and violence. id give it more than 5 stars as if i could but i cant!

you wont be disappointed a must have for Japanese culture, play\theatre, and mythology enthusiasts .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suki Yamamoto on December 20, 2013
Format: DVD
Not weird because I am not used to Asian cinema, watched it my entire lifetime. Weird because nothing is really explained and it falls outside of lines of a satisfying conclusion. Logic need not apply to this movie. Visually it was satisfying, but cheesy in some area. SPOILER ALERT: For the demon to be reborn, she has to first be killed as a child, then reborn and fall in love. OKKK! Then after being transformed she some how hates the guy who she loved just a minute ago and tries to murder him in various ways (can we say multiple personality disorder?) with ending lines like "Your blood taste so delicious!" UMmmmm Yeah! In between she murders her loyal, demon servant Bizan through some intricated plot because "death brings resurrection" or something weird line like that. I never understood why that was necessary. Was it to illustrate she's pure evil? Was she going to kill all the demons as the demon queen? What was her real purpose? But we never found out because her quasi-love/hate lover battled her in an epic sword fight in her demon castle...then they both died in a parallel engulfing of orgasmic love and hate. Supposedly, there was a lot of symbolism in the movie. I just didn't get it or understood any potential depth originally intended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leo on January 24, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the movie when first saw it on Hulu or some other online place, DVD was fine, enjoyed the movie again with surround sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Upchurch on November 26, 2010
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The Film has beautiful cinematography. I purchased hoping for a movie with a look at Asian theatrical forms, in an actual performing arts presentation. This didn't exactly fit the bill I was looking for- but I am still happy with my purchase. It's a great flick, has all the elements of traditional Asian theatrical forms, but does not stick to the strict traditional styles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Townsend on October 3, 2011
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This movie is really really good I love movies like this. I Japanese movies like this because it look like you're watching a live anime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on January 29, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This movie was very enjoyable; however, it seemed really long. The story drug out on and on towards the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2014
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Seriously, it starts out a bit fractured but starts to get much more watchable. However, the action is rather uninspired, the story is pretty simplistic and the effects don't come anywhere near creating the illusion of a magical world, they rather do more to remind you this is all fake. The backdrops are somewhat cheesy looking (except when they are in buildings) and the dialogue is pretty dead-ended. You have to be pretty dedicated to this sort of stylized Japanese magic/kabuki drama... might be good for some fans of anime but not for Kurosawa or martial-art-hungry fans.

All that being said, the story does start to move along rather than just burping in random directions, but it is just not that interesting, mysterious or even entertaining. Maybe I would change my review if I watched more than 40 minutes, but I could not drag myself into doing it.

Big fan of Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, etc... and on the Anime side, classics like Akira and Ninja Scroll. Just could not get into this.
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