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Magic Boy (1959)

Shônen Sarutobi Sasuke (original title)
A young Japanese boy climbs a mountain in search of a magic wizard. The youth finds the wizard, and is tutored by him. Reinforced with magic powers, the boy eventually fights, and defeats the evil witches of down under.

Writers:

Kazuo Dan (story), Dohei Muramatsu
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katsuo Nakamura ... Yukimura Sanada (voice)
Hiroko Sakuramachi Hiroko Sakuramachi ... Oyû (voice)
Teruo Miyazaki Teruo Miyazaki ... Sarutobi Sasuke (voice)
Tomoko Matsushima Tomoko Matsushima ... Okei-chan (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama ... (voice)
Shunji Sakai Shunji Sakai ... Batta no Sanji (voice)
Kenji Susukida Kenji Susukida ... Tozawa Hakuunsai (voice)
Akira Kishii Akira Kishii ... (voice)
Ryôei Itô Ryôei Itô ... Okera no Kinta (voice)
Kazuo Kishida Kazuo Kishida ... Gatekeeper (voice)
Mitsuko Asô Mitsuko Asô ... (voice)
Kuniko Kashii Kuniko Kashii ... (voice)
Yoshio Yoshida Yoshio Yoshida ... Yamaarashi no Gonkurô (voice)
Kasei Kinoshita Kasei Kinoshita ... (voice)
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A young Japanese boy climbs a mountain in search of a magic wizard. The youth finds the wizard, and is tutored by him. Reinforced with magic powers, the boy eventually fights, and defeats the evil witches of down under.

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Boy See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Doga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was the first anime feature ever to be released in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Magician: Way up there on a mountain top lives a hermit, who is the only one who can teach you the magic that you seek to learn. But the mountain is too *high* for a little *boy* to climb.
Sarutobi Sasuke: I will climb it. And see the hermit. He will teach me magic. But who are you?
[turns around]
Sarutobi Sasuke: Hmm? He's gone!
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It still has the magic
8 September 2003 | by Noel VeraSee all my reviews

Just saw this on TCM and it still has the magic. This is recognizably a Taiji Yabushita film, in that he takes much of his style from classic Disney--fluid (maybe not as fluid as Disney) movement, use of music and imagery, animal sidekicks. It's not as emotionally powerful as his The Orphan Son (his masterpiece, I think), or as all-around well done as Alakazam (his collaboration with Ozamu Tezuka), or as historically important as The White Snake (which influenced Miyazaki) but it has its virtues--the inventive way the hero appears and disappears, the 'transformation battle' that occurs at the climax, the lifelike sword fights of the prince...not Yabushita's best, but still up there, somewhere.


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