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  • Summary: Based on the manga by Yu Koyama, this is the story of a beautiful young woman raised from birth to become the ultimate assassin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Features more than enough thrilling wirework, slow and agonizing deaths, and blood-spattered faces to please even the most discriminating fans of the genre.
  2. 75
    As a moody drama, it falls short, but as lightweight escapism, it sets off sporadic but irresistible explosions of pure cinematic delight.
  3. A movie of such cheerful craziness and nonstop ferocity that you can't take it seriously for a second.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Inevitable comparisons to Quentin Tarentino's femme-centered carnage extravaganza "Kill Bill" are not unwarranted insofar as both films featurefeature an abstract, self-conscious, and decidedly post-modern approach to a moribund genre.
  5. 50
    A little boring and extremely long for what it is, all that Azumi really has going for it are several eye-popping battle sequences, including the climax which is a totally delicious celebration of graphic violence, and some nice camera work.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    An uneven effort overall that when it is working has a strange, engaging energy that is often overturned by an uncertain staidness.
  7. If you're considering the scenario via Japan's ubiquitous pedo-porn tendencies, you're too educated for this exhaustive, manga-based bloodbath, which trails after these angsty teenyboppers on a scorched-fake-earth path through hundreds of growling baddies of every genre size and type.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3

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