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Battle League Horumo

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Based on the best-selling fantasy novel by Manabu Makime, Battle League HORUMO is a combat action comedy that will take you into a world with the breathtaking backdrop of Kyoto and bizarre legend of “Horumo.” Directed by Katsuhide Motoki (Kitaro and the Millennium Curse, 10 Promises to My Dog), starring Takayuki Yamada (Train Man, Crows Episode 0), Chiaki Kuriyama (Battle Royale, Kill Bill Vol. 1), and Sei Ashina (Silk, Kamui). After failing the entrance exam and enduring 2 years of cram school, Akira Abe (Takayuki Yamada) finally gets accepted to the prestigious Kyoto University. One day on his way home with a friend, they meet a senior who invites them to a welcome party hosted by his club “Azure Dragon.” With nothing to lose, they decide to go for the free food, and there, Abe meets Kyoko Sawara, the girl with the perfect nose, and falls head over heels for her. Abe drags his friend Takamura to join the club with him in hopes that he can get closer to the girl of his dreams. At first, the club appears to be an ordinary social club but the new members soon find out about the 1000 year-old tradition upheld by the four universities of Kyoto and the “Horumo” battle. The battle is fought between 10 players from each team with the players manipulating an army of 100 spirits (referred to as Oni) to fight the opponent. The members go through a rigorous training achieving the fluency of the Oni language as well as the indefinable gestures required to go along with it. Let the battles begin!

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003F3NDYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle League Horumo" on IMDb

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"Battle League Horumo" ("Kamogawa horumo" or "Duck River Horumo") is just a brilliant little film. Based on the popular fantasy novel of the same name, the film combines the bizarre, outrageous antics and high energy that I love in Japanese comedy with authentic folklore and solid acting with an all-star cast.

Anyone who has spent some time in Japan has encountered some strange festival in the summer, with people in period costumes performing some millennium-old dance-ritual in order to gain the blessings of the kami spirits. "Battle League Horumo" asks the question, "What if those gods were real, but you just couldn't see them?"

The story begins when freshmen student Akira Abe (Takayuki Yamada, known the world over as Train Man) begins his first year at the prestigious Kyoto University. Abe has been studying hard at cram school for two years, but has finally made it. He soon finds himself recruited by a club, the Azure Dragons, who protest a little too much that they are just a "normal club doing normal things." The club president Makoto Sugawara (YoshiYoshi Arakawa from Ping Pong, Kamikaze Girls) soon reveals that there is nothing "normal" about the Azure Dragons at all. They are, in fact, a secret club that participates in a thousand-year old ritual known as Horumo, where each member controls an army of "oni" spirits that battle with other spirits in order to please the gods with the spectacle.
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Format: DVD
From Katsuhide Motoko (director of "Gegege no Kitaro and the 2000-2002 "Tsuribaka Nisshi" films) comes his latest film "Battle Horumo League" which stars Takayuki Yamada ("Ikigami the Final Limit", "Densha Otoko") and Chiaki Kuriyama ("Battle Royale", "Azumi 2', "Kill Bill Vol. 1') and an adaptation by a novel by Manabu Makime.

VIDEO:

"Battle Horumo League" is presented in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen. With the film shot outdoors in many sequences, the film does showcase a lot of the vibrant color from the film. Some people may find the CG of the Oni a bit unusual for the film or expected something a bit more menacing, but overall picture quality for the film is very good and I wouldn't be surprised if someday in the future, this film will be released in the US on Blu-ray.

AUDIO:

"Battle Horumo League" is presented in Dolby Digital Japanese with English subtitles. The dialogue is clear and understandable, the sound of the taiko drums come very nicely through the front channels but you also get the crowd ambiance and the swishing of weapons during the battles as the effects come clearly through the surround channels. So, you do get an active soundtrack.

Overall, "Battle Horumo League" features a pretty good Dolby Digital soundtrack and would even be better via HD lossless if released on Blu-ray.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Battle Horumo League" comes with the following special features:

* Japanese Original Trailers - (1:40) Theatrical trailer for "Battle Horumo League".
* Japanese TV Spots - (:32) The original Japanese TV commercial for "Battle Horumo League"
* Viz Pictures Presents - Trailers for upcoming or currently available Viz Pictures films on DVD.
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