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Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Stranger: Mukô hadan (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 February 2009 (USA)
A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

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Yuri Chinen ...
Kotaro (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Rarou (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Shogen Itadori (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Lord Akaike (voice)
Mamoru Miyano ...
Jyuurouta Inui (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ...
Hagihime (voice)
Jun Hasumi ...
Zekkai (voice)
Tomoyuki Shimura ...
Isogai (voice)
Takurô Kitagawa ...
Fuchinobe (voice)
Atsushi Ii ...
Byakuran (Bai-Luan) (voice)
Hirofumi Nojima ...
Feng-Wu (voice)
Masaki Aizawa ...
Yue-Shen (voice)
Fumie Mizusawa ...
Mu-Mao (voice)
Junko Minagawa ...
Mu-You (voice)
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A young boy and his dog find themselves the target of the Ming: a foreign dynasty that will stop at nothing. One day, a quiet and solemn warrior crosses their path, and becomes irrevocably connected with the two. A deal is struck and the warrior agrees to take the boy to a remote, Buddhist temple, where a kind monk is waiting to care for him and the dog. Unfortunately, the Ming have sent their elite, and they will test their strength, courage, and quality every step of the way. Written by Lokheed

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Some men kill in order to live. Some don't need a reason...


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Submitted for consideration as a potential nominee for Best Animated Feature to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It failed to be selected. See more »

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Luo-Lang: You've lived too long, old man.
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Follows Stranger: Mukô hadan (2007) See more »

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Cliché in the most adorable way
6 May 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

To be really honest the movie contains a few clichés. It just has to be sad. But with that part out of the way, I can only speak of great appreciation for this movie. The story is not the most brilliant and again it might be a little cliché, but in a very adorable way. In my case it didn't bothered me for a second. This might be because I really love the traditional anime way of capturing samurai hero stories. For people who have a little more trouble with that, just looked passed it. Because the other parts of the movie have been worked out better than most of the movies I've seen so far. Let's begin with the looks of the movie. For a pretty much traditional drawn anime it is just beautiful. And it gets even better with the action scenes. They are drawn, animated and captured very well. They are fast but clear, they contain a lot of cool moves (if you can put it that way) and are supported by absolute wonderful sound effects and music. The thing that really captured me and makes me watch the final scene over and over again, is the perfect balance between action and music. This movie might not be the industries best, but contains something a lot of the other movies don't: Heart.

If you like traditional anime, samurai and hero stories, this is absolutely one to watch!!


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