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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
    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
    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
    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
  1. EddD.
    Aug 14, 2006
    Quite good movie, besides is a low budget movie. In an american version it can´t be better.
  2. KenG.
    Sep 2, 2006
    A lot of well done action. a likable heroine kicking alot of male ass, a fun villian, an action-packed climax, and a lesbian under-tone; what more do you need? Collapse
  3. C.Henry
    Jul 21, 2006
    Sort of a messy ninja movie, not really all that good. It's fun enough to watch, but don't go looking for decent story or plot or characters... or much of anything. It tries to go too far with not enough gas. Expand