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    GOEMON Gets UK Theatrical Release

    A master thief uncovers a prize that may decide who rules feudal Japan in the action epic GOEMON, coming to select UK cinemas this month. Photo courtesy of The Associates. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    Epic Adventure from the Producers of THE GRUDGE and the Director of CASSHERN Opens July 23rd Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: Goemon (Japan)

    Japanese poster art for GOEMON. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    Five years ago, acclaimed Japanese fashion photographer and music video director Kazuaki Kiriya made an explosive and groundbreaking assault on the movie world with his directorial debut feature, the visually stunning and hugely ambitious sci-fi epic, CASSHERN. Now, Kiriya returns in his own inimitable style with the equally spectacular period, fantasy action-adventure, GOEMON. Produced by Kiriya and legendary producer Takashige Ichise (THE RING; DARK WATER; THE GRUDGE; SHUTTER) and boasting a star-studded cast that includes Yosuke Eguchi (SHAOLIN GIRL), Takao Osawa (ICHI; SKY HIGH), Jun Kaname (BLOOD; K-20; CASSHERN), Tetsuji Tamayama (NORWEGIAN WOOD; CASSHERN) and Susumu Terajima (CASSHERN; ICHI THE KILLER), GOEMON is based on the exploits of the film’s eponymous, ninja bandit hero – the Japanese folklore equivalent of Robin Hood. The year is 1582 and the ruler of Japan, Oda Nobunaga, has been brutally murdered leaving the country in a state of political chaos. Meanwhile, a chivalrous thief known as Goemon, whose loyalties lay with Nobunaga, has risen as a hero figure amongst the populace thanks to his propensity for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Goemon’s latest haul, stolen from one of his arch-enemies, includes a small wooden box of Western origin which he believes to be worthless and accidentally bestows upon a young street urchin. In truth, the box is a priceless artifact - a true Pandora’s box that holds a deep secret coveted and sought by Japan’s most powerful and deadly warlords.

    The Princess Chacha Asai (Ryoko Hirosue). Photo courtesy of The Associates. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    Realizing his error, Goemon seeks to regain possession of the box before it falls into the wrong hands. But its existence has also attracted the interests of a legendary swordsman, Matahachi, the legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo, and Goemon’s fearsome former friend and current rival, Saizo. With such a prize at stake, the stage is set for a series of bloody frays between Japan’s most skilled and deadly ninjas and swordsmen in a conflict that will have a profound effect on the country’s future. A mind-blowing, eye-popping action epic that easily matches the visionary ambitions of Kiriya’s debut movie, GOEMON is a fast-paced historical adventure packed with the same kind of dazzling costumes, set designs, inspired visuals and awesome special effects that made CASSHERN such an original and singularly spectacular cinematic experience. GOEMON (cert. 15) is released by Momentum Pictures and will open at selected UK cinemas on 23rd July 2010.


    Label: Momentum Pictures Release date: 23rd July 2010 Release type: Theatrical Certificate: 15 Running time: 128 minutes Genre: Action Director: Kazuaki Kiriya Stars: Yosuke Eguchi, Takao Osawa, Jun Kaname, Tetsuji Tamayama, Susumu Terajima

    CASSHERN director Kazuaki Kiriya once again uses modern film technology to create an incredible world of visual beauty. Photo courtesy of The Associates. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

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