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The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983)

La bestia y la espada mágica (original title)
n the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him.

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Count Waldemar Daninsky / Irineus Daninsky (as Paúl Naschy)
Shigeru Amachi ...
Kian
Beatriz Escudero ...
Kinga
Junko Asahina ...
Satomi
Violeta Cela ...
Esther
Yôko Fuji ...
Akane (as Yoko Fuji)
Conrado San Martín ...
Salom Jehuda
Gérard Tichy ...
Otton el grande (as Gerard Tichy)
José Vivó
Yoshirô Kitamachi ...
Yukio Goto
Sara Mora
Helena Garret ...
(as Elena Garret)
Jirô Miyaguchi
Charly Bravo ...
(as Charlie Bravo)
Antonio Durán
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n the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him.

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25 November 1983 (Spain)  »

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The Beast and the Magic Sword  »

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ESP 200,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Beast and the Magic Sword
14 July 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Beast and the Magic Sword, The (1983)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Paul Naschy had to travel to Japan to get financing for this film as well as Human Beast but where that film was downright horrid, this one here at least gives the star his tenth stint as werewolf Waldemar Daninsky. The movie starts off in medieval Spain where an ancestor of Waldemar's kills an evil warrior but a witch then puts a curse on him. Flashforward seven generations and Waldemar is cursed by being a werewolf but he travels to Japan to try and find a man that can cure him. This was my eleventh film seeing Naschy play a werewolf and I'm pretty glad that I held off on this one for so long because it's certainly a very strange movie that tries to mix the Spanish horror film with Japanese culture. The film clocks in at 106-minutes, the longest in the series, and this is certainly a negative thing but for the most part the film works very well. Seeing a werewolf battle various samurai soldiers was a nice twist from what we had seen in previous films and this brings the movie a fresh sense of purpose. The werewolf make up is another negative as it is pretty weak and in certain scenes it appears that Naschy just has his face painted black with minimum hair around it. I had put down previous films in the series for not having enough scenes with the werewolf and that's somewhat true here but the difference is that when the werewolf does attack, they are very good scenes. Instead of just attacking one or two people, here he attacks large groups of people including an early scene where he breaks into a brothel and goes to town. Naschy's screenplay is also pretty good as is his direction. The print I watched was in Spanish with (bad) English subtitles but the print was very dark so a better transfer might do the film even more justice. I doubt newbies will want to start with this film but when you start going through the series this one here will come off very refreshing even though it's strange. AKA: Bestia y la espanda magica, La and Werewolf and the Magic Sword, The.


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