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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 ...
Young woman
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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hilda: [sings] In the twilight red sky / a lonely star shines / Someone calls me, / "Come away, voiceless lark / Come away, wingless lark / From where did you come? And where will you go, now?"
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26 October 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

It's impressive what this guys managed to create 1968. Only Disney movies have been on a similar level back then. The drawings have been beautiful, it was full of amazing action, great characters (especially Hilda impressed me) and a captivating story. Also worth mentioning is the music. The music was totally unusual and impressive.

Sadly the story doesn't make fully sense. Some characters aren't designed as well as they could have been. Especially the evil demon didn't look impressive at all - not even slightly scary. Also the drawings lacked detail all together. But that is all understandable, since "Anime" has been in it's children's shoes.

I don't know why, but Isao Takahata movies are the emotionally most touching movies for me. Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) has been the most extreme cinematic experience for me. I am almost crying remembering this movie. And it's almost 10 years ago since I watched it the last time. Horus is different. It's not a sad movie, like Grave of the Fireflies is. I'ts quite cheerful and optimistic. It's one of the movies that is so warmhearted, that it makes you feel like a child again.


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