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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 »

Quotes

Luo-Lang: Use this, pain go away.
Nanashi: I don't need it. I feel like having the pain is what makes you feel alive.
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Follows Stranger: Mukô hadan (2007) See more »

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Stunning
5 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got back from seeing this film locally thanks to Fathom Events. I don't normally take the time to write reviews for movies, but I felt the need to here. I don't watch a lot of Anime, so what I do watch has to be *good*. This surpassed my expectations 10fold. A truly epic take of a certain amount of eastern mysticism intermixed with a tale of redemption. I haven't walked out of a movie feeling this good about my time spent (which *flew* by) in a long long time. I certainly hope Bandai can get this out on DVD soon, as it is a must own for my collection. And hopefully whatever DVD release that comes out will have the commentary that we got to see at the end of the Fathom Events presentation as well.


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