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Wild Bunch - GOEMON

Kazuaki Kiriya

GOEMON

Status: Completed

Director(s): Kazuaki Kiriya

Short synopsis : Legendary Japanese hero Goemon seeks revenge against a ruler who killed his mentor, enslaved his true love, and seeks to lock Japan in an endless war.

Long synopsis : In 1582, the mighty warlord Nobunaga was betrayed by his retainer, Mitsuhide. The cruel Hideyoshi subjugated Mitsuhide's warriors and took over as Ruler of the Kingdom of Japan. Master thief Goemon - the Japanese Robin Hood - steals a wooden box once owned by Mitsuhide. Hideyoshi's men, including Lord Mitsunari and his legendary ninja Saizo, are after the box and Goemon finds himself fighting for his life. He discovers evidence inside the box of the secret pact between Mitsuhide and Hideyoshi to assassinate Nobunaga. This revelation would tear Japan apart. Moreover Nobunaga was like a father to Goemon - the betrayal could not be more personal. Goemon enters Osaka Castle, intent on killing Hideyoshi, and finds the beautiful Princess Chacha. Hideyoshi's guards attack, and it is only through the surprise intervention of Saizo that Goemon is saved. As youths, Saizo and Goemon trained together under Nobunaga. Goemon was assigned as Princess Chacha's bodyguard and fell in love. After their master's death, Saizo chose duty and went to work for Mitsunari. Goemon chose freedom. When Hideyoshi announces his plans to invade Korea and China, making clear his intention to drag Japan into decades of brutal warfare, Lord Ieyasu convinces Princess Chacha to become Hideyoshi's concubine so that she can betray him - a painful decision as her heart belongs to Goemon. Hungry for power, Mitsunari orders Saizo to kill Hideyoshi. Goemon and Saizo mount an incendiary attack on Hideyoshi's ships, but Saizo is captured and later put to death. Goemon storms Osaka Castle, single-handedly killing most of Hideyoshi's men in a breathtaking display of martial prowess, before slaying Hideyoshi and escaping with Chacha. But with Hideyoshi dead, the armies of Mitsunari and Ieyasu face off to determine the new ruler of Japan by force. Goemon must return to the battlefield one last time if he is to bring peace to his country...

Cast

  • Yôsuke Eguchi, Takao Ohsawa, Ryôko Hirosue, Jun Kaname, Gori, Mikijirô Hira

Crew

  • Producer(s): Takashige Ichise, Kazuaki Kiriya
  • Director(s): Kazuaki Kiriya
  • Screenplay: Kazuaki Kiriya, Tetsurô Takita
  • DP: Kazuaki Kiriya
  • Editing: Kazuaki Kiriya, Chisako Yokoyama
  • Original Music: Akihiko Matsumoto
  • Set Design: Yuji Hayashida
  • Genre(s): Animation

  • Production company: OZLA PICTURES
  • Production date: 2009
  • Language: Japanese
  • Duration: 120 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • Sound Info: Dolby Digital
  • L'Étrange Festival 2009
  • Sitges Film Festival 2009
  • Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2009

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