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Baian the Assassin, Vol. 1 (2006)

Ken Watanabe  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Watanabe
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BPL2JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Includes episodes 1 and 2. 170 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama April 16, 2006
By asugar2
Acupuncturist, Dr. Baian considers himself an asset to his community with a very Dark secret. He is an Assassin, but he only takes money for killing evil, fiendish, heinous & rotten people using an extra large needle to the back of the neck of his victims which leaves no trace. Set during the Japanese Edo period, scenes takes place mainly in sleazy bars & brothels, capturing a sense of the Japanese underworld of that time.

A little slow with not much action (per the earlier review).

If ya want lotsa action I recommend Demon Spies, Shadow Hunters or Lone Wolf with Cub.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Baian the Assassin is a very good show.

I say "show" because it is exactly that, it's a DVD of two episodes of a 90's Japanese TV show, rather long episodes at an hour and a half each... Featuring some VERY good acting, the likes of which most westerners will never see on their networks again, unfortunately.

Veteran Actor Ken Watanabe is wonderful as always (he always delivers in the many Jp films I have seen with him in it) in the role as a compassionate Doctor with a secret side, that of an assassin.

I am rather amused to a point (the point, where as a fan, it begins to IRRITATE me) to see reviews talking about this as a "movie" when it is, in fact, NOT a movie. A minimum of googling would reveal this! It is, however, a fine example of what I believe is called 'Jidai Geki' (from the Wiki: Jidaigeki (時代劇) is a genre of film and television or theater play in Japan. The name means period drama, and the period is usually the Edo period of Japanese history which was from 1600 to 1868.) meaning that if you enjoy character and plot exposition as much or more than THE ACTION then you might want to give these a try. I am anxiously awaiting the next releases of these on DVD now.

I am by no means an expert, but geez - It's awfully boring, and even worse: MIDLEADING - to read a review in which an opinion is given where the reviewer in question is ignorant of a whole genre, you know?

So, to reiterate: It's a DVD of two episodes of a Japanese TV show...and hopefully this release, along with the Zatoichi TV series DVD releases, bodes well for the fan of Jp TV of the past... It's a veritable goldmine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bain the Assassin, Vol. 1 April 26, 2009
Baian the Assassin, Vol. 1 - 4

I have watched the series over and over, and I never tire of it. Ken Watanabe is perfect in this role. I wish they would release the rest of the TV series on DVD.
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