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Gojoe (2000)

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Tadanobu Asano, Masatoshi Nagase, more...
Director: Sogo Ishii, Sogo Ishii
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tokyo Shock
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 138 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Maverick Japanese director Sogo Ishii takes an unexpectedly conventional approach in this screen adaptation of a well-known Japanese folk legend of the 12th century. In the long-standing battle of the Genji and Heiki clans, the Heiki have emerged triumphant, but they find they have a new adversary in Shanao (Tadanobu Asano), a demon who each night lays waste to the Heiki warriors near the Gojoe Bridge in Kyoto. Retired warrior Monk Benkei (Daisuke Ryu) learns of his wrath, and after capturing the sword of the Demon Slayer, journeys to Kyoto to do battle with Shanao. But Benkei learns that Shanao isn't a demon after all -- he is one of the last surviving Genji, who has taken on the garb of a demon in a final bid to defeat his sworn enemies and restore the honor of his family. A box-office success in Japan, Gojo Reisen Ki was first shown in North America as part of the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Cool fight at the end, otherwise kind of dull by ColonelKong June 25, 2004 - 8:46 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I've liked other films by Sogo Ishii, such as Crazy Thunder Road (1980) and Crazy Family, but I didn't feel that this is his best work.

As far as I could tell, this film is about a monk who, for reasons that are never made that clear, makes it his mission to kill a "demon" who is actually the prince of a defeated clan who kills a whole bunch of the other clan's soldiers. I didn't really understand too much other than that. I liked some of the music, there's some nice cinematography, and there's a pretty cool climactic duel between the monk and the "demon" (I liked the way that the monk armed himself sort of like the main character in Crazy Thunder Road), but otherwise, this move felt kind of long.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.04)
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