Tajomaru: Avenging Blade (2009)

Tajomaru: Avenging Blade is a 2009 Japanese movie directed by Hiroyuki Nakano.

Like Akira Kurosawa’s award-winning 1950 film “Rashomon”, it’s based on the 1922 short story “In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. However, unlike Kurosawa’s adaptation, this version centers almost entirely around the life of the bandit character Tajomaru.

Movie info

Release date
September 12, 2009
Distributed by
Warner Bros.
  • Tajomaru: Avenging Blade - US Blu-ray/DVD combo

    Region A/1 Blu-ray + DVD combo (English subtitles)

    Label: Funimation (US)
    Out: Sep 20, 2011
    Buy: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca
  • Tajomaru: Avenging Blade - UK DVD

    Region 2 PAL DVD (English subtitles)

    Label: Manga Entertainment (UK)
    Out: Jan 31, 2011
    Buy: Amazon.co.uk
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Naomitsu (Shun Oguri) is the second son of the Hatakeyama family and fiance of Princess Ako (Yuki Shibamoto). When he gets chased away from his home as the result of a conspiracy against him, Naomitsu flees into the mountains with Ako in tow, but they’re soon attacked by a bandit named Tajomaru (Hiroki Matsukata). After managing to kill Tajomaru, Naomitsu takes the bandit’s identity as his own.

Featured Cast

Actor Role
Shun Oguri Shun Oguri Naomitsu Hatakeyama
Yuki Shibamoto Yuki Shibamoto Ako
Kei Tanaka Kei Tanaka Sakuramaru
Kyosuke Yabe Kyosuke Yabe Michikane
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi Hiroyuki Ikeuchi Nobutsuna Hatakeyama
Hirotaro Honda Hirotaro Honda Hidetaka Kuriyama
hiroki-matsukata Hiroki Matsukata Tajomaru
Masaomi Kondo Masaomi Kondo Kagetoki
No photo available Kenichi Hagiwara Ashikaga Yoshimasa
Go Ayano Go Ayano
No photo available Shigeo Kobayashi Samurai
No photo available Masato Shinkawa
Takamasa Suga Takamasa Suga
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi


  • Trailer (Japanese)

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  • Teaser (Japanese)

    Added 8 years ago


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Last Updated 02 Sep 2014 at 18:18