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It’s been almost two years since we heard former music video wunderkind turned feature film director Kazuaki Kiriya was working on his second film, “Goemon”. Two years later, a couple of trailers for the movie have arrived on line, and they definitely look like a lot of work has gone into them. Visually speaking, “Goemon” looks like another killer project for Kiriya, but as for storytelling competence, well, we’ll have to wait and see.
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, Nobunaga’s top general, overthrew Akechi a few days later and completed Nobunaga’s 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 isn’t long before Ishida Mitsunari, Kirigakure Saizo, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Hattori Hanzo are all in persuit of the box for their own purposes.
The film stars Yosuke Eguchi, Takao Osawa, Ryoko Hirosue, and is written and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. Check out all the purty colors below.