Los Angeles: Kitamura Ryuhei's Azumi

Jonathan M Hall jmhall
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.
  Egyptian Theatre
  6712 Hollywood Blvd.

  Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.? Please 
arrive early.

  ?* please rsvp to filmmatters at giantrobot.com with your name and email 
address *

  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 
bloodbath mission.
  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 
not rated.

Azumi will open in Los Angeles on July 28th exclusively at the Nuart.
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