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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.55 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 17803171
- Director : Kazuaki Kiriya
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : April 19, 2011
- Actors : Yôsuke Eguchi, Garagesale Gori, Eiji Okuda
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Giant Ape
- ASIN : B004DMIIUU
- Number of discs : 2
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Goemon is a radical reinterpretation of Japan's equivalent to Robin Hood.
Get ready for stylized sets, exaggerated character designs, and CG heavy action.
Granted the special effects look "fake" but the colors and design choices are strong. Fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula will know what I'm talking about.
This is a super niche film, but if you're a fan of Japanese history and can get on board with anime-level exaggeration, Goemon delivers action and spectacle in spades!
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! Obviously, as one can see from the preview, the scope of realism is stretched. But what good are action sequences that abide by all natural laws of physics?! Joking....but the action is good. Some shots are up close and a little cluttered, but others are even paced and use a lot of form.
To sum it up, this movie really took my breath away with an, albeit, LOOSE historical relevance, but historical nonetheless. The combination of action, drama, atmosphere, mood, and dialog progresses the movie fluidly and you may be surprised by how many times you catch yourself saying "ah" or "wow."
***on a side note* If you are looking for any literature regarding the subject matter of this time period in Japanese history, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend "TAIKO." It is a very detailed, and very long book (but worth the read) regarding the deep relationship between Hideyoshi Toyotomi and the majority of those listed in the first paragraph of this review.
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I would suggest that this would appeal to viewers who enjoyed "Dragon, Tiger Gate" rather than "When the Last Sword is Drawn". I enjoyed all three.