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German title Aragami
Original title 荒 神
Country of production Japan
original language Japanese
Publishing year 2003
length 75 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Ryuhei Kitamura
script Ryuhei Kitamura
production Yūji Ishida, Shinya Kawai, Haruo Umekawa, Shinya Kawai
music Nobuhiko Morino
camera Takumi Furuya
cut Shuichi Kakesu

Aragami ( Jap. 荒神 ) is a Japanese action film by Ryuhei Kitamura from the year 2003 .

Aragami is part of the Duel Project competition between the Japanese directors Ryūhei Kitamura and Yukihiko Tsutsumi. The Duel Project was about which film would achieve the higher box office income. Both films are about the conflict between two people who fight each other to the bone over the course of a week. In Kitamura's Aragami, the subject is an argument between two samurai, in Tsutsumi's film 2LDK the subject is the argument between two actresses who live in a shared apartment.


Two samurai injured in battle seek protection in a temple during a thunderstorm night. A mysterious young woman lets them in, but they both collapse unconscious in the doorway. One of the two wakes up the next day and meets the host, who tells him that his friend has succumbed to his injuries. In contrast, he himself has completely recovered. The master of the house invites the samurai to stay in his temple for a few days due to the heavy rain and only then move on. When they drink together in the evening, the host reveals himself to be Aragami, the god of war, and allegedly once the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi . Tired of life and fighting, he asks the samurai to kill him. As a god of war he has to die in battle and is not allowed to commit seppuku , ritual suicide. The samurai initially reacts in disbelief, but finally agrees and so a relentless struggle for life and death breaks out between the two. Finally, the samurai succeeds in defeating Aragami. This makes him the new Aragami himself and stays with the woman on the mountain, waiting for an equal opponent. The film ends with the samurai, now Aragami, sitting in the temple in front of a new opponent.


“The director doesn't skimp on sparkling show values ​​and the dramaturgy of the increasing levels in a duel is reminiscent of a game. More important than the clash of swords, however, is the surprising psychological confrontation between Aragami and the samurai. "

- Matthias Heine : Berliner Morgenpost

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