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Goemon

3

A camp martial arts romp

In 16th-Century Japan, master thief Goemon becomes embroiled in  a power struggle when a mysterious box falls into his possession.

Yôsuke Eguchi plays the Robin Hood-like title role more Errol Flynn than Russell Crowe – a vaguely camp bounder –  and the mix of romance, adventure and hokey comedy is pure summer blockbuster.

Don’t expect the elegant acrobatics of other period martial arts movies; instead, fashion photographer turned-director Kazuaki Kiriya gives us anime-style blood splatter and CGI landscapes.

More garish than stylish, Goemon is best viewed on a screen the size of a small country.
 

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