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Review Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005): It easily beats contemporary action movies!

genre: martial arts

Azumi 2: Death or Love starts where it left off in the original. It assumes you have seen the first Azumi. But since there barely was any plot in the original it's not that difficult to catch up. Although it is advisable to do so since the character Azumi and her friends are the ones that make it compelling. It will help you get a better understanding of the dynamics and how it is possible that such a young girl is a skilled assassin. That is if you are interested at all. Since in both films it is the action that stands out. It has been a long time since I saw the original but I do remember the action being more massive. Not to say that the action in the sequel isn't exciting. Because it is, but more restricted and limited for example when it comes to multiple enemies displayed on the screen (Probably because they had less budget to spend.) Although they disguise it cleverly by using opponents who are somewhat more mystical and dangerous. Think of the abilities Ninja's have in anime like Naruto. Personally I enjoyed this sequel just as much as the original because it was more emotional. Sometimes verging on the melodramatic but in a good way because it made you care for characters you barely know. It was something I missed in the first. Azumi 2 seems to get less appreciation as the original which is a shame. Martial arts fans will love this as the action is top notch. It's slick, stylish, bloody and gory at times. It easily beats contemporary action movies. And how often do you get to see a pretty young woman kicking ass. One to recommend!   

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