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Tatsu no ko Tarô (1979)

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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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)
Aya (voice)


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)  »

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Taro - Der Drachenboy  »

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A well done Japanese story at it's time.
27 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Taro the Dragon Boy is an animated movie taken place in ancient times. Back when Zen art was one of the few art hobbies in Japan and rice was like gold to the people.

In a small village, lived Taro a lazy boy who doesn't do work or help his own grandmother. He likes to eat and wrestle with the animals in the woods. One day he wrestles with the long nose wizard who granted him the strength of a hundred men. Which made Taro thrilled, but he was told to only use it to help others in need. Taro accepted that, and now becomes a better help to others around him.

One day Taro wondered about the scales on the side of his body. His grandmother tells him that he's not like the other boys because,Taro was born half dragon. His mother was cursed as a dragon when giving birth she had to live North because of her image of a dragon.

Taro now knows what he must do is go on a quest to find his mother. And he will help others in need and make new friends on the way too.

Taro the Dragon Boy is something different for an old school anime. It's very well animated and has a great use of Zen like backgrounds. Even though the original trailer said it's based off of a kids story. There are plenty of inappropriate parts in the movie. Including small amounts of violence and brief nudity of a boy's pelvis and a woman's breasts.

Just to know, the rating system in Japan is different from here. Cause a film like this would receive PG-13 in America. Since I recommend this film for teens or those who are mature enough to see brief nudity in a movie. I suggest watching it yourself and see if it's OK to let a kid watch it.

Other than that I highly recommend it to all time anime lovers.

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