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Title: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: Masa on February 07, 2009, 12:43:21 PM
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In 1582 Oda Nobunaga was on the verge of conquering all of Japan, but was forced to commit suicide at Honno-ji Temple by one of his generals, Akechi Mitsuhide. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nobunagas top general, overthrew Akechi a few days later and completed Nobunagas dream of unifying Japan under one ruler. The world was at peace for a time, but soon a ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) appeared, using his super-human abilities to steal from the rich and give to the poor—a habit which cemented his reputation as a hero to commoners everywhere. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past containing untold powers, it isnt long before Ishida Mitsunari, Kirigakure Saizo, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Hattori Hanzo are all in persuit of the box for their own purposes.

CASSHERN’s Kaz Kiriya Talks GOEMON And Shares First Image!

It arrived a day late for Christmas but Casshern director Kaz Kiriya has just given us one hell of a present.  We approached the visually dazzling director a couple weeks back to see if he was free to talk a little bit about his latest project, the action-fantasy Goemon, and he proved very friendly and happy to do just that.  It took a bit of time for the answers to come back as he tried to squeeze them in between wrapping shooting and the ongoing editing process but answer he did and, along with his responses he included what appears to be the very first image from the film to appear anywhere.  you’ll find the interview below the break and can hit the links below for the still, production diaries and behind the scenes video on the official website, and to check out the trailer for Casshern to see why we’re so excited about this ...

Can you explain some about the background story of Goemon?  I know the legend is very well known in Japan but virtually nobody here has any clue who he was.

GOEMON was a legendary thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, like Robin Hood.  He was, in a way, the first Japanese rock star figure who rebelled against the establishment, so much so that he decided to kill an oppressive Japanese Lord and then was caught and boiled to death.  This is pretty much all we know about GOEMON, and much remains in mystery.  Therefore he was a wonderful character for me to play with.

Reports are that you’ve modernized the story, is it going to be set in a “real” world or in some sort of stylized, more fantasy oriented world?

I wanted to stay away from the traditional Japanese look.  I believe Akira Kurosawa perfected the aesthetic, and I didn’t want to make something that people have already seen.  This movie has a very strong fantasy look based on Japanese and other Asian influences, and even some European aesthetic.  I took much liberty with the story, too.  All the characters in the story really existed, but they interact differently from what the text book tells.  Also I made a great effort not to lose audiences who aren’t familiar with Japanese history.

With shooting now done and release not scheduled until 2009, last I heard, you’ve obviously left yourself a lot of time for post.  How is this going to compare visually to Casshern?  What’s the basic breakdown of natural sets and effects to digital backlot?

The biggest complaint I received from my CGI team on CASSHERN was the lack of time.  So I gave them enough time to really polish the detail this time.  However, the amount of work we have to accomplish on GOEMON is approximately three times what we did on CASSHERN, so in the end we still don’t have enough time.  We are doing a lot of things that couldn’t be done with CASSHERN.  Well, this is an epic movie.

The most common criticism of Casshern came from people complaining it valued style over substance.  Did that upset you and did it affect the development process for Goemon?

I’m REALLY glad that you asked the question.  I simply wanted to challenge conventional movie making with CASSHERN.  Unfortunately, some people didn’t quite know whether I intended the structure or if it was simply a flaw.  It was more sad than upsetting.  I suppose it was seen as too ambitious for the first time director.  GOEMON is really focused on the story, to say “Hey, I can do this too”.  Of course I will be criticized by my fans for being… linear.

How hands on are you during the post-production process?  Are you going to be locked in to Goemon exclusively until it is finished or will you also be working on your English language film?

I will be very hands on.  However, I’m involved with some English language projects, so I intend to oversee the process as I develop other projects.  The editing is almost done, since we employed a real time editing system.  The rest of the time is for the CGI and composite.  Advancing technology allows me to oversee the process from anywhere in the world through the net.

And, not really related, but just because I’m curious ... the much shorter US DVD of Casshern is being billed as a directors cut.  How involved were you on that?

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Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: Masa on March 22, 2009, 06:07:48 PM
GOEMON Trailer2 (

GOEMON 予告編 第3弾 (

Epic! :twothumbs
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 23, 2009, 09:59:08 PM

It's like a Japanese Hollywood epic.
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: Rei-chan on March 23, 2009, 10:11:07 PM
Wow, looks so beautiful, can't wait to watch  :O
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: Takuya7 on January 25, 2010, 09:25:26 AM
Is this based from the Game? or just a stand alone movie?
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: winner on January 25, 2010, 03:44:04 PM
Is this based from the Game? or just a stand alone movie?

The game series and the movie are both based on the same historical person Ishikawa Goemon: (

The interview in the first post above actually describes Goemon in great detail. You can read it to find out more. :oops:
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: substance on May 30, 2010, 04:57:12 PM
I have watch it, good movies with sad ending.
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: galaxy_star on February 05, 2014, 09:34:11 AM
epic disappointment....
Title: Re: [Movie] Goemon
Post by: redrick9 on February 06, 2014, 05:30:17 AM
a good movie but, bad on the ending i guess... its a little bit weird with the Ieyasu... too much Evil  :shocked:
so far with the action its really great...