Aragami: Raging God Of Battle

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Overview

Ryuhei Kitamura, director of the cult action hits Versus and Alive, made this samurai movie about a legendary supernatural creature. In the middle of the night, two wounded samurai come upon a remote mountain temple. One of them dies. The other, after recovering from his wounds, meets the occupant of the temple, a brooding warrior who tells him that he is the legendary goblin Aragami, a god of war who eats human flesh and is invincible in battle. Wearied by his apparent immortality, he is searching for the one ...
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Overview

Ryuhei Kitamura, director of the cult action hits Versus and Alive, made this samurai movie about a legendary supernatural creature. In the middle of the night, two wounded samurai come upon a remote mountain temple. One of them dies. The other, after recovering from his wounds, meets the occupant of the temple, a brooding warrior who tells him that he is the legendary goblin Aragami, a god of war who eats human flesh and is invincible in battle. Wearied by his apparent immortality, he is searching for the one mortal who can defeat him, and hopes that his visitor is the one to do so and take on both his powers and the burden of eternal life. Aragami is one half of the "Duel Project," in which Kitamura and fellow director Yukihiko Tsutsumi agreed to each make a film involving a duel to the death. Tstutsumi's half of the bargain is entitled 2LDK. ~ Tom Vick
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Special Features

Making-of Aragami; Press conference "Duel"; RP battle; Tokyo international fantastic film festival featurette; Aragami film premiere; Video message (theatrical); Trailer (2LDK vs. Aragami)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The first hour of this movie consists primarily of a deliberately paced dinner conversation, which may surprise viewers expecting another splatterfest from Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura. It is not an ordinary conversation, however, since the participants are Aragami (Masay Kato), a seemingly invincible goblin with a human appearance, and the samurai (Takao Osawa) that he intends to fight to the death. Kitamura does a good job of balancing creepiness and humor to keep this part of the film interesting. He slowly builds the tension through the interplay between the two characters until they're ready for the extended duel in the latter part of the film. The weapons selection scene is quite amusing and the battle itself is tightly paced and imaginatively choreographed. The lighting is also interesting, particularly when the room is blacked out and the battle is illuminated only by the flash created by clashing swords. Other aspects of the film such as makeup are also first rate. The movie's final scene is a bit silly, but otherwise this is an entertaining offering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 631595041781
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tokyo Shock
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,885

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takao Osawa Samurai
Masaya Kato Aragami
Kanae Uotani Woman
Technical Credits
Ryuhei Kitamura Director, Screenwriter
Norifumi Ataka Production Designer
Takumi Furuya Cinematographer
Yuji Hayashida Production Designer
Shuichi Kakesu Editor
Shinya Kawai Producer
Junko Kobayashi Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomohiro Kubo Asst. Director
Sumiji Miyake Executive Producer
Nobuhiko Morino Score Composer
Kenji Shibasaki Sound/Sound Designer
Ryuichi Takatsu Screenwriter
Atsuhiko Tanaka Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. I [2:40]
2. II [9:44]
3. III [8:25]
4. IV [4:56]
5. V [4:24]
6. VI [7:53]
7. VII [5:25]
8. VII [7:38]
9. IX [8:17]
10. X [9:05]
11. XI [7:36]
12. XII [2:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Play
   Extras
      Making of Aragami
      Duel Press Conference
      Tokyo International Fantastic Movie Festival
      RP Battle
      The Premiere
      Video Message (For Theatrical)
      Trailer (2LDK vs. Aragami)
   Trailers
      Versus
      Alive
      One Missed Call
      Deadly Outlaw Rekka
   Setup
      Japanese 2.0 Digital Audio: On
      Japanese 2.0 Digital Audio: Off
      English 2.0 Digital Audio: On
      English 2.0 Digital Audio: Off
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aragami is an interesting samurai movie in existence.

    Originally, I found out about this movie after watching 2LDK a couple pf months ago and found out about this challenge. I thought it was an interesting concept and would like to see how some of today's American directors could tackle such a project. Although I liked 2LDK, Aragami was simply the better movie. At times, the style and dialog (or lack of) reminded me of something Tarantino would do. The very basic plot is that Aragami (Masaya Kato), who, incidentally, is the God of Battle, challenges a samurai (Takao Osawa) to a fight to the death. Aragami is tired of living and can not commit suicide nor die of old age or other natural causes. He must be killed in battle, as he is the God of Battle. He immortalizes the samurai by feeding him his deceased friend's liver and the fight is on. Surprisingly, this basic plot did not seem to drag on for too long and was just about the right length to establish the two main characters. Unlike most other movies this one lacks a clear antagonist the two leads are described as men of honor each with his own unique personality and at times, the dialog was humorous. While making the impact of the fight between them even more effective as both characters are likable. Kitamura's decision to keep the battle for the final part of the film proves to be a correct one, as tension builds up between the two leads with each and every revelation, setting their motivation for what’s coming. “Aragami: The Raging God of Battle” It’s not a fully blown action film instead its simple plodded. I enjoyed this film very much and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys samurai movies.

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