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Kamui Gaiden - The Movie (2009)

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  • Actors: Not Available
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Dec 28 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0043988KS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,397 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The timeless legend of the lone, outcast ninja is brought to life in Kamui Gaiden, a vibrant film directed by acclaimed Japanese Academy Award® winner Yoichi Sai. Kamui trusts no one. He was cruelly shunned by his people as a child. Now a solitary warrior, he wanders Japan, surviving on lethal skill and instinct to evade countless violent attacks from the ninja clan he left behind. A turn of luck brings a band of fugitive ninja who offer Kamui a new life amongst them as a pirate, killing sharks for suffering fishing villages. While the tempting promise of respect and protection leaves him conflicted, the merciless members of his former clan are closing in, and his deadliest foe is poised to strike. The battle is never over for Kamui, the ninja who stands alone.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Beaudin on Jan. 7 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this because I enjoy watching foreign movies, even more so when when are the above than average productions. After watching it last night, I was rather disappointed.

With a dvd cover of a ninja, and explanations of the world of the shinobi, I did expect to have action scenes where shinobies kill each other. through the lenght of the movie, which is a 2 hours, maybe only 10-15 minutes of fighting actually exists. The rest of the movie is some talking, and slowly paced progress into the storyline, which isn't much nor was it even exploited.

This movie is above the normal low budget production. Although the times they do use 'special techniques and effets' you clearly see it coming and it feels much out of place and bad taste.

STORY : It is simple, the shinobi world, you stay and do what you are told, if you don't or want to leave, you get killed by your clan. If you manage to escape, well you get chased down until you are dead. Simple, and yet way not developed in the storyline. The actor who plays Kamui, was the same who played L in the Death note movies, however he doesn't speak much in this movie. so there is lots of silent moments. One thing I did hate was the way the movie ended, some stories just didn't get any finish nor development. I was left with a WTF look at my TV...

For 20$, I am disappointed because of what they represented, in the end was false presentation.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A Shinobi who knows no peace. Jan. 12 2011
By S. Miranda - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this film quite alot, i liked the action scenes despite the some what corny cgi. the action scenes are something i had to suspend
my desbelief but did not take away my enjoyment from the film after all he is a Ninja.The majority of the action
is in the beginning of the film and the end of the film.
The story revolves KAMUI a ninja constantly being hunted for leaving his clan, struggling to find a place to call home where he is safe.
Through a series of events he is taken in by a small fishing village, where he might finally find what he is looking for.
I enjoyed this story as well though there are some slow points in it and can be a little bit confusing half way through the film at first
*SPOILER* (pay very close attention to the old man who likes to paint.) then you will have a better understanding of whats going on.

To some it up i really Ilked it,
if your skeptical of the cgi and the plot i recommend renting it. but if that does not bother you and your a fan
of Japanese films like me, I say buy it its worth it.

Thank You for reading i hope it's helpful.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Social politics and ninjas Jan. 13 2011
By Zack Davisson - Published on
Format: DVD
From its very beginning, the story of the renegade ninja Kamui has been political. Created in 1967 by leftest-artist Sanpei Shirato, Kamui was a symbol of Japan's rigid social classes and rules, and the woes that befall those who try to rage against the machine. Sanpei used Kamui to tell tales of discrimination, oppression and the exploitation of workers. Since the characters first appearance in Garo magazine, Kamui has been adapted into anime and continuing manga series, but this 2009 movie is I believe the first Kamui live-action film.

Directed by Yoichi Sai (Quill, Blood And Bones), "Kamui Gaiden" (translating as something along the lines of "A Supplemental Biography of Kamui," to distinguish it from Sanpei's original "Kamui Den"), this version of the Kamui story retains the political nature of the character while thrusting him into an action-packed ninja spectacular. In this film, Kamui is not only an outcast ninja but a member of the hinin-caste. Hinin, which translates as non-human, were the Japanese equivalent of the Indian Untouchables, a caste so low that they had no legal rights or dignity. Discrimination against the hinin caste continues even today, known by the term burakumin.

From birth, Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi, Death Note) faces horrendous abuse and discrimination, like all of his caste, and his experiences causes him to harden and dedicate himself to becoming strong. He is adopted into the Iga ninja clan, where as a young boy he takes part in the assassination of Sugaru (Koyuki, The Last Samurai), a woman seeking to escape the clan. It is one of their rules; no one leaves the shinobi. Years later, now a ninja of some strength himself, Kamui finds the hunter/prey role reversed as it is Kamui who flees the shinobi and is pursued. He fights and fights, and eventually finds some sort of shelter with a fishing village on an island far from the known cities. There he meets a man Hanbei (Kobayashi Kaoru, Princess Mononoke), who offers him a life of peace and the hand of his daughter in marriage However for a man like Kamui there can be no peace, as Hanbei's wife is none other than Sugaru, still alive, and both Sugaru and Kamui find that there is nowhere they can run from their troubles.

As befits the character, "Kamui Gaiden" is a pretty dense story. Those looking for some light ninja action might find themselves with a little more plot than they bargained for. You can enjoy the film without the political background of the hinin and Japan's Edo period caste-system, but some of the finer points might be lost, as well as some of the motivation of the characters. Especially at the beginning, when a young Kamui rages against the children who pelt him with rocks asking "What is so different about me?" and in classic Shakespeare style shots "Prick me, will I not bleed?"

But the film does a good job of lightening its heavy moments with some over-the-top ninja wire-fighting. Sadly, this is something Japan has just never done as well as China, and the fight-scenes are never really more than decent. This is the first CGI-heavy film that Yoichi has done, and that is his weakness. In his films like "Quill" and "Blood and Bones," he has shown he can do intense human drama, but he is not really an action director. There is a particular rubbery shark in one scene that ruined my suspension of disbelief.

Funimations release of "Kamui Gaiden" is superb, with other 45 minutes worth of extra features including a "Making of" and "Behind the scenes."
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nice and quite entertaining Jan. 9 2011
By Keenan William Ward - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Kamui Gaiden is a quite an enjoyable film if look past at the cheesy CGI effects and a farfetched story. Kamui Gaiden is loosely based of the popular manga series in Japan and developed a anime series in the late 60's. It's starts off slow but gradually picks up to explain some of the characters' motives. Or you looking for a movie to blow off the weekend then this movie for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good But Chaotic Ninja Movie Sept. 27 2014
By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After watching a few other ninja movies like Shinobi - Heart Under Blade and Goemon I decided to give this one a try.While not it's not bad it's more as confusing somewhat then anything else as past and present situations sometimes get intermixed with no explanation or telling the viewer. One thing don't expect incredible CGI effects like in top dollar Hollywood movies,that's not to say the effects are terrible but obviously there not going to match up to the effects of say the movie Avatar and the like.

Also while the character stories and personalities aren't bad for the movie story line I actually preferred the previous other two ninja movies more then this one. Overall it's not a bad action movie but not a great one either but if you're looking for something to pass the time and have a need to watch a ninja action flick this one is an alright one to check out.
By The Batmaniac - Published on
Format: DVD
I recently saw this film and I think it is a WONDERFUL ADAPTATION of one of my favorite Manga series: KAMUI,THE ISLAND OF SUGARU as it is known here in the USA.The Legend of Kamui: Perfect Collection, Vol. 1The Legend Of Kamui, Volume 2: Perfect Collection Basically, it is the story of a fugitive ninja who finds himself on a tiny island\province in medieval Japan. In this village he encounters a fisherman who himself is wanted for chopping off the ivory-colored leg of the feudal lord's horse so he could use it to make a fishing lure! If that's not enough, the fisherman's beautiful wife is an old enemy of Kamui's who thinks he has come to spy on her! It's a story about how Kamui tries to find peace living with a small family as they struggle to find freedom and love during a time when the choices were absolute obedience or death...

The title of my review comes from a line in the graphic novel, the full meaning of which I will keep to myself lest I spoil the endings of either the movie or the books. I thought S.Miranda and Zack Davisson wrote excellent reviews and my reason for chiming in was to assure readers of the Manga that it was a well-done adaptation; conversely, those who enjoy the movie may want to check out the original source material! You can't lose either way!