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Taiyô no ôji Horusu no daibôken (1968)

Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 21 July 1968 (Japan)
A boy with a mythical sword wants to protect a Norse village from an evil ice wizard and his minions, who destroyed his family's village. However, the villagers don't fully trust him and a mysterious girl with a dark secret befriends him.

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Grunwald, the Demon of Ice (voice)
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Hilda (voice)
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Ganko, the blacksmith (voice)
Masao Mishima ...
Village Leader (voice)
Yasushi Nagata ...
Drago, villager
Hisako Ôkata ...
Hols (voice)
Hiroshi Kamiyama ...
Villager (voice)
Hisashi Yokomori ...
Horu's Father / Toto, the white owl (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama
Tadashi Yokouchi ...
Paul / Moog the Rock Giant (voice)
Asako Akazawa ...
Piria, Rusan's fiancée
Yuriko Abe ...
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Kazuo Tachibana ...
Villager
Taisaku Akino ...
Rusan (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Yoshie Hinoki
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Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends a village from the attacks of Grundewald, a warlord/ice demon and befriends the enigmatic Hilda, a lonely and beautiful girl who sings haunting songs (and who hides a terrible secret). Written by Korman643

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The production was ridden with problems, mainly due to the difficult union relationships between the artists and the company Toei Doga. The movie was released far beyond schedule, and kept in the theaters only for 10 days. Because of this, it bombed, and Takahata never directed for Toei again. However, the movie became immediately an underground hit among students and young anime artists, and is now widely considered the first modern anime. See more »

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When Grunwald is holding Hols' rope on the icy cliff, you can see his gloves change color from black to blue to black again. See more »

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Drago: [watches connivingly as Hilda mesmerises the entire village with her beautiful singing] I have a good idea... I can make use of her.
Toto: Sure, you can make use of her... if only to ruin yourself.
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Groundbreaking
15 July 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first movies that legends Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata worked on, and probably the first movie that suggested animation might be more than just for children. I understand a copy of the video is not easy to find. I was lucky enough to see it at Anime Society last night at the local university.

The film is important for its place in anime history. As a story, it's slightly weak (there are several subplots that didn't quite seem to fit), but nevertheless very enjoyable. This was partly due to the fact that the fansub I watched was, um...rather poorly translated, and some of the subtitles caused me to break into fits of hilarity. The animation itself seems mediocre nowadays, but must have been exceptional for the time. There's a slightly Disney look to it, but the anime style is definitely there...and the film is much darker than anything Disney could come up with. I mean, there's an Ice Demon whose dream is to kill everyone in the world. ! I'm thinking also of the part when Hilda's squirrel companion says something like, "But Hilda, if you save this girl she will live a life of rejection and hatred! Just like your whole life has been!" (That's nowhere near an exact quotation, but it's as close as I can remember.) And then there's the scene when Horus enters the Forest of Delusion...

It's fun to see the early development of Takahata and Miyazaki. You can see ideas just forming that would manifest in their later films. The film in itself is quite good, and in fact one of the better anime (animes?) I've seen. [Certainly it was better than the other feature at Anime Society that night, an inexplicable, boring, badly animated mess about a detective who is his own client and airplanes turning into fish and a two-year-old who is God...no, I didn't get it either.]

In conclusion, if you ever get the chance to see "Horus, Prince of the Sun", don't hesitate. I just wish there was a way I could see it again...


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