Los Angeles: Kitamura Ryuhei's Azumi
Jonathan M Hall
Sat Jul 22 11:53:10 EDT 2006
Giant Robot and LA WEEKLY invite you and a friend to an advance
screening of Ryuhei Kitamura's AZUMI!!
Director of VERSUS
Tuesday, July 25th - 8:00 p.m.
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.? Please
?* please rsvp to filmmatters at giantrobot.com with your name and email
An epic adaptation of the manga title of the same name, Azumi is
shocking, beautiful and audacious in its extreme depictions of violence
and cruelty.? The title role is played by the Japanese star Aya Ueto
who, as the deadly female assassin Azumi, is both achingly beautiful
and simply deadly to fight against.?
Set in 19th century war-torn feudal Japan, a nation torn by civil
strife between the ruling government and warlords vying for power, a
master samurai takes on the task of raising 10 orphans and training
them to be assassins. Their single-minded mission: do the bloody work
of the state by silencing the troublesome warlords before they can stir
up trouble. After a decade of inconceivably harsh training and
discipline, Azumi and her comrades face their first task of
assassinating two powerful warlords, but burdened with the cruel
assignment as they must kill friends and enemies alike, Azumi begins to
question her faith in her master and her devotion to her country.?
Still, Azumi remains determined to single-handedly complete her
Starring Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri, Hiroki Narimiya, Yoshio Harada, Naoto
Takenaka, Joe Odagiri, Azumi is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.? Produced
by Mata Yamamoto, the screenplay by Rikiya Mizushima and Isao Kiriyama
is based on the comics by Yu Koyama.? The film runs 128 minutes and is
Azumi will open in Los Angeles on July 28th exclusively at the Nuart.
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