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The Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Kamui no ken (original title)
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:

Tetsu Yano (novel), Mori Masaki (screenplay)
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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 ... 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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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

During his first fight with Hanzou, Jiro sustains a wound on the left side of his midsection. As he is resting at a hot spring area, he is tending to the right side of his midsection. See more »

Quotes

[Jiro is framed for the murder of his mother, Oyaruru as the screen is dominated by phantasmogorphic imgery.]
Chorus: Murderer! Parent-killer! You shall be cursed! To hell with you, mother-killer! Murderer!
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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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One of the greatest, a true classic
28 August 2019 | by jimvandemoter-50236See all my reviews

This is one of the first feature length anime movies I ever saw and it still ranks as one of my favorites. It's an epic story that covers all the basses. Great story, characters, settings and, as a bonus is set during a time that is well documented in Japanese history. Some may feel it's too long, but a great story has to take time to develop. I don't care that it's over two hours, it's just the length it needs to be. Newer anime may look better but nothing new can equal the quality of story that's here. Even so it's still a great looking movie.


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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:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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