Coming Soon – Goemon

Goemon DVD

It’s been five years since Kazuaki Kiriya released the mind-boggling Casshern, and this August, Momentum Pictures are releasing his second film, Goemon. While Casshern was a science fiction epic, Kiriya’s second film is a fantasy action movie based on the Japanese 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.

Realising 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.

With the visuals for Goemon looking as arresting as those of Casshern, this is a title I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.

Goemon is released on DVD by Momentum Pictures on the 16th August.
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~ by moviegrrlreviews on July 20, 2010.

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