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Horus: Prince of the Sun (1968)

Taiyô no ôji: Horusu no daibôken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 21 July 1968 (Japan)
A boy with a mythical sword wants to protect a Norse village from an evil ice wizard and his minions, who destroyed his family's village. However, the villagers don't fully trust him and a mysterious girl with a dark secret befriends him.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writer:

Kazuo Fukazawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikijirô Hira ... Grunwald, the Demon of Ice (voice)
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Hilda (voice)
Eijirô Tôno ... Ganko, the blacksmith (voice)
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Village Leader (voice)
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Drago, villager
Hisako Ôkata Hisako Ôkata ... Hols (voice)
Hiroshi Kamiyama Hiroshi Kamiyama ... Villager (voice)
Hisashi Yokomori Hisashi Yokomori ... Horu's Father / Toto, the white owl (voice)
Tokuko Sugiyama Tokuko Sugiyama
Tadashi Yokouchi Tadashi Yokouchi ... Paul / Moog the Rock Giant (voice)
Asako Akazawa Asako Akazawa ... Piria, Rusan's fiancée
Yuriko Abe Yuriko Abe ... Young woman
Kazuo Tachibana Kazuo Tachibana ... Villager
Taisaku Akino ... Rusan (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Yoshie Hinoki Yoshie Hinoki
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Storyline

Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends a village from the attacks of Grundewald, a warlord/ice demon and befriends the enigmatic Hilda, a lonely and beautiful girl who sings haunting songs (and who hides a terrible secret). Written by Korman643

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Official Sites:

TOEI ANIMATION [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Norse Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toei Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script was based on a puppet theater drama written by scriptwriter Kazuo Fukazawa, itself based on an ancient legend of the Ainu, the aboriginal people living in Northern Japan. The Scandinavian/Viking/Eastern Europe setting was an idea of the producers, worried that a movie too identified with a local culture wouldn't have had enough international appeal. See more »

Goofs

When Grunwald is holding Hols' rope on the icy cliff, you can see his gloves change color from black to blue to black again. See more »

Quotes

Drago: [watches connivingly as Hilda mesmerises the entire village with her beautiful singing] I have a good idea... I can make use of her.
Toto: Sure, you can make use of her... if only to ruin yourself.
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Alternate Versions

The English-dubbed version from AIP-TV changed the location of the film from Northern Japan to Norway. See more »

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26 October 2010 | by kneiss1See all my reviews

It's impressive what this guys managed to create 1968. Only Disney movies have been on a similar level back then. The drawings have been beautiful, it was full of amazing action, great characters (especially Hilda impressed me) and a captivating story. Also worth mentioning is the music. The music was totally unusual and impressive.

Sadly the story doesn't make fully sense. Some characters aren't designed as well as they could have been. Especially the evil demon didn't look impressive at all - not even slightly scary. Also the drawings lacked detail all together. But that is all understandable, since "Anime" has been in it's children's shoes.

I don't know why, but Isao Takahata movies are the emotionally most touching movies for me. Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) has been the most extreme cinematic experience for me. I am almost crying remembering this movie. And it's almost 10 years ago since I watched it the last time. Horus is different. It's not a sad movie, like Grave of the Fireflies is. I'ts quite cheerful and optimistic. It's one of the movies that is so warmhearted, that it makes you feel like a child again.


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