A creative re-imagination of the Japan’s Robin Hood, Goemon (2009) delights with its gorgeous backdrops and atmospheric fight sequences.
I watched Goemon on release day back in 2009.
I was deeply looking forward to it for I’ve been a fan of Konami’s Ganbare Goemon game series since 12.
I left the cinema satisfied but with another video game series in mind. Capcom’s Onimusha. Particularly, Dawn of Dreams.
That’s how Goemon (2009) is like. A dazzling feast of spectacular CGI backdrops and superhuman aerobics, with the most famous characters of the Warring States period popping up at every corner. Unlike many newer Japanese productions, especially live-action Anime adaptations, this neither feels odd nor wrong, and much of this has to do director Kazuaki Kiriya’s MTV-like direction and lead Yōsuke Eguchi’s natural screen presence.
In fact, they are so good at it, you would be inclined to ignore the fact that the movie is actually nonsensical. In no way did feudal Japan looked as it did in the movie. And while the real Ishikawa Goemon is believed to have attempted assassination of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, there is actually scant historical proof. To conclude, Goemon (2009) is all about style and imageries, which it does an exciting, splendid job of. On the other hand, if you’re looking to know more about this legendary Japanese Robin Hood hero, I strongly suggest bringing your research elsewhere.
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