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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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade of Kamui See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho 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

The Ainu portrayed in the film are an indigenous people who primarily live in Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island. Up until the late 19th century, both the Ainu and Hokkaido were referred to as Ezo. 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

Tenkai: Jiro! Struggle more! Despair more! After your scolding, show me a good counterattack!
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Connections

Referenced in Megazone 23 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Kamui no Komoriuta
(Kamui's Lullaby)
Lyrics by Yôko Aki
Music by Ryûdô Uzaki
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Performed by Noriko Watanabe
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Beautiful anime
11 July 2005 | by bbally81See all my reviews

This was a great anime. True the animation is old but its still worth watching and has a better plot than Ninja Scroll, the problem that it was kinda long.

Japanese movie star Hiroyuki Sanada who played Ujio from Last Samurai played the main character Jiro and it was directed by Rintaro who did Galaxy Express 999 and Metropolis.

The anime has some good animation for an old anime, interesting characters like the main villain Tenkai and Ando Shouzan and of course lets not forget the beautiful musical scores in the film.

All in all this movie is worth watching for fans of anime, animation in general, action, and Samurai/Ninja flicks. Despite the lows in the film that didn't the film from being a great film to watch.

Don't miss this film.


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