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Released Nov 4, 2009 2h 8m Action List
Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Goemon leaves his clan when its chief is murdered and uses his skills to help the poor. When he learns the identity of his leader's killer, he sets out on a bloody path of vengeance. Read More Read Less

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Michael Leader Den of Geek By mixing up its legendary protagonist with pretensions of grandeur, Goemon fails to communicate the character’s importance, and turns a particularly fascinating era of Japanese history into bloated pomp. Rated: 2/5 May 7, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member In just 2 hours an amazing tale is told and a journey begins and ends. Even though the CGI from the first part of the movie is not the best, by the second part that is a no issue. Still, what matters is the plot and character development. If it had a longer runtime it would be even better, but this is not a hollywood movie so credit were credit is due. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best film I ever seen Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member To me, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to pass itself as looking like reality is just impressive technology. However, a movie with a lot of CGI that tries to look more akin to something like a dream, a painting or something equally abstract, it becomes full-on art. Luckily, Writer/Director Kazuaki Kiriya seems to feel the same ways as I do, as now we have Goemon, his sophomore film, and the second of his movies to be almost entirely computer generated, but for purely artistic reasons. The scenery is colorful, kinetic and even literally glows with bright primary and secondary colors, and when viewing this, "does this look real" is not the question that will linger in your mind. Instead, one can only find themselves absorbed in the majesty of it all, as this movie is, sans perhaps Casshern before it, completely unlike anything else we have ever seen. The only problems come from what I like to call the "Micheal Bay Syndrome". No, not excessive cutting; no, not excessive explosions; no, not excessive use of cranes and/or dollies. Instead, the movie's one stagger comes in that sometimes the movie is so busy keeping your attention with vibrant and stylish visuals that it's easy to accidentally miss the story beats. The story contains numerous arcs, a couple of betrayals and multiple layers, so while Goemon may not have the best story around, it's quite good and requires that you pay at least a fair amount of attention to it. On the plus side, gone are the "just go with it" requirements that plagued Casshern, as well as over-whelmingly strong sociological statements. It also does not require numerous viewings to finally fully understand (except maybe a few fine details), and unlike Casshern, it's not so depressing that you just want to curl up and shut out the world. It has a somber ending to be sure, and the movie is rather powerful, but it's hardly overbearing, and isn't one of those movies where one has to be in a specific mind-set to enjoy it. It's epic but not lumbering, and it's emotional but not smothering. But most importantly, it sets out to tell a good story with an immense visual presentation, and it absolutely hits the mark. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Find my name in the end credit! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Exciting stunts, action sequences, and good use of special effects round out this film. Don't be put off by this film being in Japanese with English subtitles. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Adorei o filme, muito muito bom! A estória é linda demais apesar de triste e a trilha sonora é maravilhosa! Adoro essa época do Japão em que estória se passa!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis Goemon leaves his clan when its chief is murdered and uses his skills to help the poor. When he learns the identity of his leader's killer, he sets out on a bloody path of vengeance.
Kazuaki Kiriya
Takashige Ichise, Kazuaki Kiriya
Kazuaki Kiriya, Tetsurô Takita
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Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 4, 2009, Limited
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 25, 2010
2h 8m