Goemon is a 2009 Japanese historical fantasy film written and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. It is loosely based on the story of Ishikawa Goemon, a legendary outlaw hero who stole valuables from the rich and gave them to the poor. The film is a fictional account of Goemon's exploits and his role during the final phase of Japanese civil war, especially the conflict leading to its decisive Battle of Sekigahara. With the use of over 2,500 visual effects, the director of Casshern mixes action with Japanese history and folklore into a film evocative of the classic Robin Hood-style tale. Goemon was released on DVD and Blu-ray by FUNimation Entertainment on April 19, 2011. FUNimation has also included an English dubbing audio track towards this film in its North American release.
Director Karuaki Kiriya has first made his mark in the world of music videos in Japan until he made his first full-length film “Casshern” in 2004. His first film was both a domestic and international success even though American studios butchered its release by editing out more than 20 minutes of footage that it became very messy. In 2009, Kiriya goes for another film that carries that same style and yet blends history into a fantasy-alternate world based on the real life story of Ishikawa … more