An ex-ninja on the run from his clan befriends a fisherman hoping to leave his former life behind him and enjoy a simple life, but his past inevitably catches up with him with violent consequences.
Kamui is an amusingly oddball chop-socky martial arts film based on a popular Japanese Manga. It captures the spirit of the comic strip with plenty of high-kicking, wire-flying violence as combatants bounce all over the screen dispatching pointy death on nearly everyone they meet. It is rather episodic and the story takes some bemusing turns – particularly when it turns into a Kung Fu version of Jaws(!) – but its sheer bizarreness acts to keep the audience interested as you never quite know what’s going to happen next. Some of the visual effects are a little ropy and subtlety is most definitely left at the door, but it’s an entertainingly strange addition to the genre.
Not as good as Azumi, but better than Azumi 2.