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Ashura (2005)
"Ashura-jô no hitomi" (original title)

 -  Action | Fantasy  -  16 April 2005 (Japan)
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Adapted from the successful play, the film takes place in the 19th Japan where a war between demons and their slayers is fought. Izumo, an Kabuki actor with a demon-slaying past, meets and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Somegorô Ichikawa ...
Izumo Wakuraba
Rie Miyazawa ...
Tsubaki
Kanako Higuchi ...
Bizan
Atsurô Watabe ...
Jaku Abe
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Nanboku Tsuruya IV
Takashi Naitô ...
Nobuyuki Kuninari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mutsumi Fujita
Yukijirô Hotaru ...
Magotaro
Hanae Kan ...
Emishi
Kazuo Kuwabara
Sarutoki Minagawa ...
Takiji
Kôji Ohkura ...
Hyozo
Erika Sawajiri ...
Yachi
Kumiko Tsuchiya ...
Oiran
Tatsuo Yamada
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Adapted from the successful play, the film takes place in the 19th Japan where a war between demons and their slayers is fought. Izumo, an Kabuki actor with a demon-slaying past, meets and falls in love with Tsubaki. However, something is not right as mysterious marks appear on her body as time progresses. At the same time, it is announced that Ashura, the queen of all demons, will be resurrected and bring destruction to the universe. Written by Ploy P.

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A Wasted Opportunity
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Underneath the dense green glop of computer graphics there gleamed the astounding art and skill of Ichikawa Somegoro. Alas: it got lost in all the goo. The scenes of Old Edo -- with the courtesan, drifting on the Sumida, rehearsing and acting in the Nakamura-za -- were all exciting and engaging, taking you back to an interesting and rich era. The action on the Kabuki stage, in which Somegoro excels and excites, was more enriching than any of the absurd high jinks that followed. The skill, the energy in the audience, the colors of the sets, were far more satisfying than all the nonsense that took over plot and performance. What a wasted opportunity! One of the best kabuki actors alive, and he gets lost in the dreck.


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