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    GOEMON Now on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray

    GOEMON, the action film from the director CASSHERN and the producers of THE GRUDGE, has been released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: Goemon (Japan), funimation.com/goemon (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith

    CUTIE HONEY`s Eriko Sato as the beautiful Yoshino. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    The enterprising director of CASSHERN weaves Japanese folklore and history into GOEMON (????, 2009), a tour de force evocative of the classic Robin Hood tale. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray in North America, courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. Both home video editions present GOEMON in its original theatrical aspect ratio, with Japanese and English dub audio tracks, supplemented by an hour of extra features. After the infamous ninja-turned-thief Goemon cracks a deputy’s stronghold, he discovers a conspiracy that proves the poverty-stricken country is under the thumb of a false, warmongering ruler. Armed with the blade of truth, Goemon tears a warrior’s path to cut down the decadent king. Saturated with captivating visual effects and explosive action, the fantastical world of GOEMON surpasses the reaches of imagination. Battles rage on in elaborate castles and vibrant fields, on snowy mountain caps and fiery ships illuminating a midnight ocean. Be mesmerized by the experience critics are praising as a “visual feast.” Director Biography- Kazuaki Kiriya A graduate of New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, Kazuaki Kiriya began his career as a photographer in New York City. His love of design and art led him to become one of the most highly sought out music video directors by several popular Japanese bands. In 2004, Kiriya brought the legendary anime CASSHERN to life on the big screen. The film introduced world-wide audiences to his stunning visual effects and dramatic storytelling. Following the success of CASSHERN, the filmmaker wrote and directed the epic ninja tale, GOEMON.

    GOEMON

    Yosuke Eguchi as the master thief, Goemon Ishizuka. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    Cast Goemon Ishizuka: Yosuke Eguchi Saizo Kirigakure: Takao Osawa Chacha Asai: Ryoko Hirosue Sasuke Sarutobi: Garagesale Gori Mitsunari Ishida: Jun Kaname Gaou: Hong Man Choi Nobunaga Oda: Hashinosuke Nakamura Hanzo Hattori: Susumu Terajima Sen no Rikyu: Mikijiro Hira Ieyasu Tokugawa: Masatoh Ibu Hideyoshi Toyotomi: Eiji Okuda Crew Directed by: Kazuaki Kiriya Screenplay: Kazuaki Kiriya, Tetsuroh Takita Producer: Taka Ichise, Kazuaki Kiriya Director of Photography: Kazuaki Kiriya Costume Designers: Vaughan Alexander, Tina Kalivas Production Designer: Yuji Hayashida Music by: Akihiko Matsumoto Theme Song "ROSA" by: VIOLET UK Visual Effects Supervisor: Koji Nozaki Editors: Kazuaki Kiriya, Chisako Yokoyama Associate Producers: Yoshiya Nagasawa, Yushi Ueda Specs Presented by FUNimation Entertainment Video: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Number of discs: 2 (DVD)/ 1 (Blu-ray) Rating: TV14 Audio: English 5.1 Surround, Japanese 6.1 Surround (DVD)/ English Dolby Surround, Japanese Dolby Digital 6.1 ES Discrete (Blu-ray) Subtitles: English Runtime: 128 Minutes SRP: DVD $24.98/ Blu-ray $29.98 Release Date: April 19, 2011 Extras • Making of GOEMON Featurette (Japanese with English subtitles) • Making of GOEMON Kiriya World Featurette (Japanese with English subtitles) • Original Japanese Teaser (English subtitles) • Original Japanese Trailer (English subtitles) • FUNimation Previews • Reversible Sleeve Art

    Goemon goes to war. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 “Goemon” Film Partners.

    About FUNimation Entertainment

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