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Orphaned in 19th century war-torn Tokugawa Shogun period of Japan, Azumi is found and raised along with nine other orphans by Ji, the mentor. The Shogun, sickened by innocent lives lost in senseless warfare, had commissioned Ji to cultivate assassins that could eliminate warlords before they could strike.

After 10 years of inconceivably harsh training and discipline, Azumi and her comrades, who have been molded into invincible warriors, excitedly await instructions from Ji. "An assassin has no choice but to fulfill his mission, however cruel or extreme," says their mentor. "This is your ultimate test. You must kill your partner, or be killed."

Azumi is stupefied. She and her partner, Nachi, who have developed a special relationship, have no choice but accept their terrible fate - only one of them can survive. With heavy hearts, Azumi, along with the four other survivors of the "test," Ukiha, Hyuga, Amagi, aand Nagara, venture into the vast world outside of their secluded valley.

Their first mission is to assassinate the powerful warlords Nagamasa Asano and Kiyomasa Katoh - rebel heads of the old Toyotomi force. The group's journey leads them to Yae, a beautiful traveling entertainer who captures the heart of Hyuga. For a brief moment, their spirits are lifted and burdens lightened.

However, the supposedly assassinated infamous warlord Kiyomasa had been cleverly replaced with a double. His comrade enlists a cadre of counter assassins to eliminate Azumi and her friends. Yae and her crew who are traveling with Azumi, are mistakenly attacked.

Burdened with the cruel mission to kill friends and enemies alike, sacrificing innocent lives, Azumi begins to question her fate. But Kiyomasa leaves them neither room nor time for self-doubt as his trap ensnares them. Azumi and her friends forge ahead, unaware of the terrible bloodshed that awaits them…

Copyright: © 2006 Urban Vision Entertainment © 2003 "Azumi" Production Committee: NIPPON HERALD FILMS / TBS / DENTSU / SHOGAKUKAN / AMUSE PICTURES / TOHO / IMAGICA / SEDIC INTERNATIONAL / TRISTONE ENTERTAINMENT. All rights reserved.

Directed by:

Ryuhei Kitamura
Based on the Comic by:
Yu Koyama "Azumi" (Big Comic Superior, Shogakukan)

Lead Actors:
Azumi -- Aya Ueto
Nachi -- Shun Oguri
Ukiha -- Hiroki Narimiya
Hyuga -- Kenji Kohashi
Amagi -- Takatoshi Kaneko
Nagara -- Yuma Ishigaki
Master Gessai -- Yoshio Harada
Nagato (ninja) -- Hideo Sakai
Nagamasa Asano -- Masato Ibu
Kiyomasa Kato -- Naoto Takenaka
Kanbei Inoue -- Kazuki Kitamura
Saru -- Miroru Matsumoto
Bijomaru Mogami -- Joe Odagiri
Yae -- Aya Okamoto

Screenplay by:
Rikiya Mizushima, Isao Kiriyama
Executive Producers:
Morihiro Kodama, Sumio Kiga
Osamu Kamei, Naoyuki Sakagami
Co-Executive Producers:
Kazuya Hamana, Nobuyuki Tohya
Produced by:
Mataichiro Yamamoto, Toshiaki Nakazawa
Hidemi Satani
Line Producer:
Toshihiro Ohsato
Supervising Production Designer:
Yoshinobu Nishioka
Takumi Furuya
Lighting Director:
Toshihide Kohsaka
Sound Recordist:
Yoshiya Obara
Production Designer:
Yuji Hayashida
Film Editor:
Shuichi Kakesu
Music Produced by:
Taro Iwashiro

Featuring the Song "NEGAI" Performed by Mina Ganaha (FLME)
Original Soundtrack Available on For Life Music Entertainment

"Azumi" Production Committee

Distributed in Japan by TOHO