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Director:
Writers:
Osamu Tezuka (comic)
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Release Date:
15 March 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Tagline:
48 body parts taken by demons, 48 fights to win them back.
Plot:
A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai's quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Diamond in the Ruff of Japanese movies See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Akihiko Shiota 
 
Writing credits
Osamu Tezuka (comic)

Masa Nakamura (screenplay) &
Akihiko Shiota (screenplay)

Produced by
Kimio Hara .... associate producer
Takashi Hirano .... producer
Yoshiyuki Oikawa .... line producer
Arimasa Okada .... associate producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... co-producer
Tamako Tsujimoto .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
 
Film Editing by
Toshihide Fukano 
 
Art Direction by
Ken Turner 
 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
 
Makeup Department
Tomo Hyakutake .... special makeup effects artist
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Hiroyuki Akune .... production manager
Hideharu Yamashita .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Julien Campuzano .... re-recording mixer: french post-synchronized version
 
Special Effects by
Gunner Ashford .... special effects technician
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
 
Stunts
Kensuke Sonomura .... lead stunt double
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Akinaga Tomiyama .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Yutaka Fukuoka .... composer: additional music
Gorô Yasukawa .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Siu-Tung Ching .... action instructor
Rika Higano .... set translator
 

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Runtime:
Hong Kong:139 min
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Trivia:
The stringed instrument that Bipa carries is a short-necked Japanese lute called a biwa.See more »
Quotes:
Dororo:[Having listened to two peasants tell the story of how and why they came to abandon their child at a temple, which has since burned down, killing many children including their own] So that's how it was... Enough of your crap! I was born in a battleground. My whole village was burned. But still my dad and my mom fought back! Until they collapsed, spent... they never gave up. YOU know the truth about the horrible fate that awaits an abandoned child! A starving kid, collapsed by the road, clinging to his last handful of rice his parents gave him. "If I eat this, I'll forget what my parents look like." Fool! If he doesn't eat it, he'll die, but he just clings to it.
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41 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A Diamond in the Ruff of Japanese movies, 29 May 2007
Author: talkingbubba from Japan

The previous poster surely was unaware of the history behind this grand movie. Dororo is based on the manga author of Osamu Tezuka which is one of his many manga titles (Atom Boy, Black Jack, etc.). The original story takes places during the warring states of Japan. However, the movie changes that as well as some minor parts here and there.

The main plot of the story is that a general pledges his soul to demons in exchange for power to destroy other warring clans. In exchange for this power, the demons (all 48 of them) want to have his first born son. The general agrees and he is granted his power. However, when his first son is born, the baby is without arms, legs, and other various body parts. (It looks more of a body with a head and a small mouth.) Disgusted by this, the general places him in a basket and sends his son downstream. The son is later retrieved by a man who was passing by. The man turns out to be a scientist who then makes body parts for the general's son (48 parts). A blind traveler appears and informs the scientist of how the general's son became that way. The traveler hands the scientist a sword that helps defeat monsters and demons. This sword is then attached to the boy, Hyakimaru. When Hyakimaru becomes older he learns of his fate and sets out to avenge his father and the 48 demons who took his body. Each demon he defeats with his sword gives him back a piece of his body.

Even though the title of the movie is called 'Dororo', it has little to do with the character other than that she (thinks she's a he) is Hyakimaru's sidekick. Her main reason for tagging along with him is for his sword and for an adventure. She provides some of the comedic relief from the one-dimensional character that Hyakimaru is.

I was timid about seeing this movie, but was quite pleased with how it turned out. I throughly enjoyed the music and soundtrack as well as the parts of New Zealand where it was filmed. If you have read the manga, anime, or know about the story itself, it is worth looking into. Also, if your Japanese is good (maybe about level 2 on the JLPT), then you can pick up on some of the minor jokes here and there. I'm glad that it won some awards and was acknowledged. I eagerly look forward to the sequel....

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