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Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)
"Tatsu no ko Tarô" (original title)

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A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Niwatori-chouja (voice)
Sayuri Yoshinaga ...
Tatsuya (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun'ya Katô ...
Taro (voice)
...
Yamanba (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura ...
Red Oni (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Aya (voice)
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A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.

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17 March 1979 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Taro - Der Drachenboy  »

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Truly magnificent!
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last night, and I was deeply, deeply moved. This film is pure gold, a drink of clear water after a day in the sun. This is a story of hope, love, sacrifice, and the true meaning of selflessness. This film does not need to resort to preachy-ness, its message is shown through the deeds of Taro and what he inspires others to do for themselves. The art style is very distinctive, and beautiful. The landscapes feel very real, and the characters fit well within their world. The music and songs are lovingly crafted, and the story will leave you smiling through tears. This was an incredible work of love, and it deserves to be seen again and again. There is some slight nudity, but only once, and nothing sexual. I can't praise this one highly enough. See it for yourself, and you will understand.


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