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Kamui no ken (1985)

Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 1988 (USA)
An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »

Director:

Rintaro

Writers:

Mori Masaki, Tetsu Yano (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Jirô (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Oyuki (voice)
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Tenkai / Saigô Takamori (voice) (as Gentarô Ishida)
Yuriko Yamamoto ... Chico / Julie Rochelle (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Andô Shouzan (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Shingo (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Sanpei (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Sam (voice)
Takashi Ebata Takashi Ebata ... Captain Drasnic (voice)
Takashi Toyama Takashi Toyama ... Tokachi Hanzô (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shirô Amakusa Shirô Amakusa ... Elder (voice)
Yoshie Asai Yoshie Asai ... Tsuyu (voice)
Lanny Broyles Lanny Broyles ... Fujibayashi Genjiro (voice)
Bill Calhoun Bill Calhoun ... Shingo (voice)
Jerry Davidson Jerry Davidson ... Indian Chief (voice)
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Storyline

An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's revenge attempts start off a trail of assassinations and ninja swords fights spanning from Hokaido, Alaska to California where Tien-Hei's secrets gradually unfold. The revenge road leads to a climactic battle with Tien-Hei on the fall of Japan's Shogun-era. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade of Kamui See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Captain Kidd's treasure ship was finally found at Santa Catalina in 2007, but not at the one located off the coast of California, as was depicted in the film. Kidd's ship was found thousands of miles to the east in the Caribbean, off the shores of Catalina Island, in the Dominican Republic. The island was originally called "Santa Catalina" by Christopher Columbus when he discovered it in 1494. See more »

Goofs

Mark Twain was the pen-name of Samuel Clemens. In the movie, however, he meets Jiro and identifies himself as Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens never referred to himself by his pen-name in real life. See more »

Quotes

Jiro: In heaven and earth, you are all I can rely on. Whether going along with you will bring about misfortune or hope for now I do not know. But there is no going back now!
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Alternate Versions

Previously released in the U.S. in English dubbed format as Revenge of the Ninja Warrior (with over 40 minutes cut from the original film). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Megazone 23 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Kamui no Ken
(The Dagger of Kamui)
Lyrics by Yôko Aki
Music by Ryûdô Uzaki
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Performed by Noriko Watanabe
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The Never Ending Story meets An American Tale meets Anime etc
7 February 1999 | by Chad-12See all my reviews

What can be said about a movie that makes two hours seem like three weeks? The hero starts out in ninjaville, Japan, goes through an identity crisis (saving a shinobi), makes a voyage to America (saving a slave named Sam) engages in a little wild west action (saving a French/japanese native american named Julie), goes hunting pirate's gold, and then heads back to Japan to fight a war. The film obviously has no clue where it's going at any point in time; I think the director modeled each scene after the last movie he'd watched. If you're going to watch this film, I suggest renting the subtitled so you and your peers can openly discuss how dumb the movie is without speaking over the movie, potentially missing another dumb plot twist.

Movies the director was watching during the making of this movie - An American Tail, Fievel Goes West, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu, Vampire Hunter D, The Ten Commandments.

Notes of Interests - Most fear inspiring line of all time. About 90 minutes (or 19 days) into the movie, the lead character has just bested an American villain, and just as one heads to the vcr to end the pain the hero proclaims "Let's go back to Japan", and the agony continues for another week.


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