Plot: It is 17th century Japan. Kamui, a young ninja whose wish for freedom and to live his life by his own way pushes him to disobey order and leave his clan. However, he is burdened with the fate, where it is not allowed to take the secret of their powers outside of the tribe. So he has no choice but to run and constantly fight for his life against his former colleagues, who set about hunting him down, determined to punish his betrayal with death.
One day an incident brings him to an old fisherman's village, where he finally starts to open up to other people. Meanwhile, those hunting him are setting their trap.
Kamui Gaiden is based on a classic manga by Sampei Shirato that ran in 'Shukan Shonen Sunday' from 1965 to 1967 and then again in 'Big Comic' from 1982 to 1987.
The movie features the stunt choreography of Kenji Tanigaki (SPL) and Ouchi Takahito (Flash Point).
The shoot, which began in April 2007 and wrapped in September 2008, was long and grueling.
«Director Yoichi Sai generates enough campy action to make one wish for a more ample supply, and while the absurd didacticism of voiceover narration has its charms, this would-be epic needs more show and less tell.»
«This doesn’t get in the way of the fun too much, and “Kamui: the Lone Ninja” stands as one of the better examples of the ninja genre. Sai works hard to bring Sanpei Shirato’s vision to life without too much grand standing, and the film is all the more enjoyable for paying equal amounts of attention to character and excitement.»
«Compared with Kazuaki Kiriya's "Goemon," a recent period actioner with the weightless look and feel of a video game, "Kamui" packs far more of a visceral punch — the positive side of all that heavy breathing.»
«Basically, Kamui is little more than a series of set-pieces strung together – some of which are impressively staged, some of which are hampered by poor CGI – and there are often long, dull passages between them. It looks great, but Kamui is thoroughly empty.»
«the film has everything you could want from a martial arts fantasy-adventure. There are flamboyant lords, fearless shark hunters and ninjas galore, as well as plenty of plot twists and turns. And if you get a little lost during the sometimes convoluted narrative, you can check out the interviews in the bonus features, where the cast attempt to explain everything. »
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