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Kamui no ken (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  9 March 1985 (Japan)
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An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Jirô (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Oyuki (voice)
Tarô Ishida ...
Tenkai / Saigô Takamori (voice) (as Gentarô Ishida)
Yuriko Yamamoto ...
Chico / Julie Rochelle (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Andô Shouzan (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Shingo (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Sanpei (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Sam (voice)
Takashi Ebata ...
Captain Drasnic (voice)
Takashi Toyama ...
Tokachi Hanzô (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shirô Amakusa ...
Elder (voice)
Yoshie Asai ...
Tsuyu (voice)
Lanny Broyles ...
Fujibayashi Genjiro (voice)
Bill Calhoun ...
Shingo (voice)
Jerry Davidson ...
Indian Chief (voice)


An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's revenge attempts start off a trail of assassinations and ninja swords fights spanning from Hokaido, Alaska to California where Tien-Hei's secrets gradually unfold. The revenge road leads to a climactic battle with Tien-Hei on the fall of Japan's Shogun-era. Written by Tzung-I Lin <>

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Release Date:

9 March 1985 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Blade of Kamui  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hiroyuki Sanada, is better known for his various live-action roles. This film was the first and only time he worked on an animated film. See more »


Mark Twain was the pen-name of Samuel Clemens. In the movie, however, he meets Jiro and identifies himself as Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens never referred to himself by his pen-name in real life. See more »


Andô Shouzan: We are all born naked, and die naked. In the meantime, all we do is work, east, shit, and sleep.
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Referenced in Megazone 23 (1985) See more »


Kamui no Ken
(The Dagger of Kamui)
Lyrics by Yôko Aki
Music by Ryûdô Uzaki
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Performed by Noriko Watanabe
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Flawed but highly entertaining.....
12 May 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I haven't read the original manga series that this film is based on so I don't know how close the film is to its original source.

The story is simple, young Jirô gets his family killed, falsely accused of the murders and starts investigating into who and why his family was murdered.

He quickly realizes that he is a foundling and the people responsible for the killings has very dangerous agenda.

This film is basically a action melodrama where the director/screenwriter tries to fit in as much storyline as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Therefore the viewer served a very long, confusing, erratic storyline that sometimes doesn't make any sense at all. Political intrigues that hardly gets explained(yes I saw the 132 min with original audio), characters that comes and goes without explanation.

Something must have been edited out, is there a TV -series version somewhere? Who knows.....

But the action sequences are very visually striking and surreal, as if the animators wants to capture the fleeting moment of combat(or if they all were high on drugs which would explain the bad storyline) that split second when you enter a duel and only one can survive.

Personally I prefer Jûbê ninpûchô/Ninja Scroll (1993), Rurouni Kenshin (2000), Samurai chanpurû/Samurai Champloo(2004–2005) etc but this should be seen by future viewers because of the amazing fighting sequences.

Remember that this film was made in 1985, and the animation in some cases still holds up.

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