Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he has been murdered and his daughter forced into prostitution. Ichi's investigation into ... See full summary »
In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set ... See full summary »
The year is 1945. After the horrific fire-bombings of the Pacific War levels Japan to the ground, the government decides to consult spiritual psychics to aid them in winning the war. ... See full summary »
Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.
The scene where Koda Rohan cuts off Kato's hand is a direct reference to the myth of Watanabe no Tsuna and his encounter with the demon Ibaraki at Modoribashi Bridge. In the original legend, Tsuna chops off the demon's arm before it flies away. The film makes this explicit at the beginning: When Koda is first shown in the film, he's looking at a tapestry of Watanabe no Tsuna with his sword drawn chasing a demon flying away into air. This foreshadows Koda's encounter with Kato. See more »
Both destruction and growth repeat endlessly by devouring people's lives. Even so, people flock to the city. Nobody can stop them.
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Superb animated film from the early days (circa: Akira)
A lot of the people who were involved with 'Doomed Megalopolis' were also involved in the definitive anime film 'Akira'. That fact alone allowed me to justify springing $30 for each of the four casettes in the set. At first, I was expecting good. After watching the movies, however, I was amazed that this series is not more popular than it is. It is based in ancient Japan, and involves the spirit of an ancient warlord coming back to torment Japan. The characters are excellent and the plot and character development is superb. Watching this series reminds me of watching the Godfather, in that each episode falls at a different time frame than the rest, so it gives it a very spanning and epic feel to the story.
Check it out, if you are a fan of anime, you will love it.
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