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Goemon [Blu-ray] (2011)

Yōsuke Eguchi , Takao Ōsawa , Kazuaki Kiriya  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yōsuke Eguchi, Takao Ōsawa, Ryoko Hirosue
  • Directors: Kazuaki Kiriya
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Japanese (Dolby Digital 6.1 ES Discrete)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DMIIO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Making of Goemon (Japanese audio w/English subtitles)

Making of Goemon Kiriya World (Japanese audio w/English subtitles)

Original teaser (Japanese audio w/English subtitles)

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Editorial Reviews

Crafted with over 2500 visual effects, the director of Casshern weaves action with Japanese history and folklore into a moving masterpiece evocative of the classic Robin Hood tale.

Once a lethal ninja, Goemon put down his sword to master the art of robbing the nobility to share the stash with the less fortunate. On one such escapade, he swipes an artifact that, if opened, will unleash misfortune of a massive scale. Hunted by an infamous henchman and former ally, Goemon tears a torrential path to assassinate the king. With a conscience clouded by conspiracy, Goemon struggles to save his friends—and an entire nation—from the grips of poverty and corruption.

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The master thief December 1, 2010
Goemon is a Japanese folk hero in the tradition of Robin Hood -- fighting tyranny and robbing the rich to give to the poor.

So he was inevitably the subject of an action movie, simply called "Goemon." This sleek, stylized historical-fantasy movie looks a little like the ninja lovechild of The Adventures of Robin Hood and 300, but the mix of humor, romance and sharply-drawn action takes a shockingly dark turn in the movie's last third.

Goemon Ishikawa (Yōsuke Eguchi) is a clever master thief who likes to give his stolen valuables to the impoverished. But fifteen years ago, he was a loyal ninja serving the brilliant warlord Oda Nobunaga (Hashinosuké Nakamura) -- and after Nobunaga was murdered by a traitor, the disillusioned Goemon became a wandering thief and friend to the poor.

That is, until a literal Pandora's box shows him that Toyotomi Hideyoshi was involved in his master's death -- the very man who is taking Goemon's childhood sweetheart Chacha (Ryoko Hirosue) as his concubine, and preparing to declare war using Western weapons. Along with his old friend/rival Saizo (Takao Ōsawa), Goemon sets out to attack Hideyoshi... but they soon discover that this path only leads to tragedy.

"Goemon" is one of those movies that has a good-but-not-great script, paired with spellbindingly lovely visuals -- explosive ninja battles on golden rooftops, waterfalls surrounded by glimmering fireflies, and sea battles full of blood and fire. It's a pretty wild ride, and the only problem is that a couple of the characters feel unnecessary (the little boy Goemon rescues).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thief, Hero, Legend April 23, 2011
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Goemon a body guard to a princess turned thief after his lord Oda Nobunagas assassination chooses freedom over service but freedom as we know
comes with price. Stealing from the rich and corrupt and giving to the poor. during one of his heists he comes across a mysterious box that could
unravel a deadly conspiracy and tear Japan apart at the seams into a another civil war can Goemon put a stop to this chaos or will he be torn apart with it?

A beautifully done film with amazing special effects through green screen which most of the film is done in with plenty of emotional impact and crazy over the top action.I was truly impressed with this film on all levels and enjoyed it the beautiful done cgi scenery, the great action scenes through out the
film especially at the last 30 or so minutes of which is pure totally unrealistic but awesome action where he takes on hordes of enemies to enact revenge
for a loss of a friend and save Japan from yet another civil war and finally bring peace to a war torn land.

I highly recommend this film but if you have doubts about it then i would recommend renting it first. But if you like Japanese action films
with some history put in although changed for dramatic effect or if you simply like action films i say buy it, i did and it was truly worth it.

With my respect Thanks for reading my review
I hope it was helpful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What a beautiful sight!" January 14, 2010
All around Goemon is SUCH a thrill to watch. I was still thinking about it days after I saw it. I'm actually really excited to show all my friends.

The story of Goemon is actually that of folklore, and one that doesn't really give too much information about his life. There are some Japanese (I believe) plays about him, but this movie gives a whole new viewpoint on the Goemon lore. I don't wanna spoil it because half of the fun is the story itself.
This movie, on a viewing level, is INcredible! The special effects look superb (a little more superior than in Casshern), the action is well-thought out, the camera angles and directing are clever and fluid, the costumes and backgrounds really put you in the mood of the given scene and overall movie, etc.

I haven't seen such a good movie in a while. Definitely worth adding to your collection. The acting is top notch, and the visuals keep you attracted to the movie all the way to the touching end (and it won't be anything you would expect). I thought the movie ended 5 times over (i'm exagerating) before it actually ended, so I'm guessing it was about a 2 hour movie. PLEASE check it out and spread the word. Great movies like this should be more known.

I don't know what a "prefect" movie is or would be...but I have to say there was nothing wrong with this movie in my mind and I wouldn't have changed a THING! 10 out of 10 points for me! Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Stunning... May 11, 2011
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This movie caught my eye, as I have been trying to increase my Foreign Film collection. I have always been curious with anything that has to do with Japanese history (especially the unification period). It literally grabbed my attention in the first minute and a half, and never let go. The time period this movie is based on was one full of civil strife and unrest for Japan, with class and rank clearly defined and Feudal Lords constantly fighting for power to control the whole country. And while the movie stylizes the mood and scenery greatly in regards to these things, it still held some historical accuracy. Most of the main characters in the movie actually existed during this time period: Oda Nobunaga, Mitsuhide Aketchi, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Ieyasu Tokogawa, Hitori Hanzo. I'm sure there are more, but those are the ones I caught.

Many of the reviews have brought up the utter beauty of the landscape and architectural design. Needless to say, I am on the same side of the fence. Scenes in the forest FEEL like a forest, scenes in a castle FEEL like a castle, and so on. Sometimes you DO feel like it's obvious you're looking at a green screen or floor. But it all seems integrated smoothly with the actors/actresses utilizing that space, so you don't end up paying attention to it that closely. The sets are busy; lots of extras wandering around and adding "life" to the background. The colors are vibrant and the sound is crisp and clear. My only qualm with quality is that the English dub track sounds a bit "goofy," whereas the Japanese track is emotional and feels more decisive. Also with the Japanese track, you get 6.1 surround instead of Eng 5.1.....not a huge difference if you don't have the extra speaker.

The action is frequent and fast!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. The story is based on a real ...
Great movie. The story is based on a real Japanese "Robin-Hood" who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. There are many versions of the life of this legend. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gackt Kamui
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Japan move
Is a long movie, but still good movie, the effects are great, and the characters evolve and develop well, you will also see spectacular environments in this movie and ninja fights,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Japanese Cinema
Love Japanese Cinema, this did not dissapoint me. It was a good story, excellent action. Classic "kind of" Robin Hood retelling.
Published 9 months ago by Harlen Henegar
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the hype
Just a really boring, hard to follow movie. I made a mistake ordering it as I really wanted "Ichi", but that was my fault (I think. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Sabatke
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick movie
What can I say? This movie is freakin awesome. I saw it for my first time on Netflix and then for about the twentieth time on Netflix, and then Netflix did an unforgivable... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Gatti
3.0 out of 5 stars buyers beware before you open
I don't know if you guys like your sleeve on your DVDs or not but I do Got the dvd and when I opened it the sleeve was raped on the side
Published 10 months ago by brooklyn's big papa
1.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Old Tired Plot Elements Thrown Together and Trying to Look...
This is a pretty bad movie. All of the plot elements are derivative from one source or another, with an overwhelming amount of cliched dialogue and situations. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. MacGregor
4.0 out of 5 stars Goemon
Goemon is special in its own way. It is very action oriented with heavy use of CGI.

The CGI sometimes distracts from what is happening and the story isn't the best by... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeremy Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this one Great Action, Great Location
Love this one. The Asian are making better movie all the time. The action is really good. Surprised me with the ending though. Which is good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr Leroy L Beavers Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a must see!
The film was amazing! From the same director of Casshern this film goes all out with the CGI effects and the acting is A-quality as well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by EdM
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