- Ueto Aya as Azumi
- Oguri Shun as Nachi
- Hiroki Narimiya as Ukiha
- Yuma Ishigaki as Nagara
Azumi is probably one of the most popular action films in Japan. It has a very high production quality and an all-star cast. There’s the talented and popular singer/actor Ueto Aya and there’s the ever so popular Oguri Shun who you might recognize from Hana Yori Dango and Hana Kimi. Like I said before, production quality of Azumi is very high. There are very nice environments, Edo-period customers, music, and gory effects. Unfortunately, the all-star cast and the production quality were the only good points of Azumi.
Ultimately, Azumi is just a pure action movie with the assassins battling it out with any enemies the warlords can throw at them. However, I thought the fighting choreography was quite boring to watch compared to what I’ve seen in Chinese and Hong Kong movies. In Azumi, every battle between characters is just a simple block or evade then a slash, nothing too special. One of reasons for this was because most of the cast aren’t the people you see in action movies often.
view larger screens
- High production quality, with nice scenery, costumes, music etc.
- All-star cast
- Ueto Aya!!! (>//<)
- Pure action film with a weak story
- Fighting choreography is boring
- Cast is inexperienced in terms of action movies
- Death count is really high
- Monkey ninja guy makes a very cheesy dog sound (-_-‘)
If you like action movies, you will get some entertainment out of Azumi. If you don’t, I suggest you stay away from this movie.
Stay Tuned! I plan to review Azumi 2: Death or Love
Related Review (action/historical)
Shinobi - Heart Under Blade