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Sakuya: yôkaiden (2000)

The eruption of Mt. Fuji in 1707 released hordes of demons from deep inside the earth. Sakuya, the young daughter of a samurai killed fighting these demons, accepts a mission to travel to ... See full summary »

Director:

Tomo'o Haraguchi

Writer:

Tomo'o Haraguchi (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nozomi Andô Nozomi Andô ... Sakuya
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Syuzo
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Queen of ground spider
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa ... Old woman
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Sakuya's dad
Hidehiko Ishikura Hidehiko Ishikura ... Zennosuke Tachibana
Tamami Kaneko Tamami Kaneko
Masaki Katô Masaki Katô
Yûki Kuroda Yûki Kuroda ... Shigeyuki
Keiichirou Sakaki Keiichirou Sakaki ... Kihei (as Keiichirou Sakaki)
Naoto Takenaka ... Narrator
Tetsurô Tanba ... Old master
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Wizard
Shuichi Yamauchi Shuichi Yamauchi ... Taro Sakaki
Keiko Yoshida Keiko Yoshida ... Hana
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The eruption of Mt. Fuji in 1707 released hordes of demons from deep inside the earth. Sakuya, the young daughter of a samurai killed fighting these demons, accepts a mission to travel to Mt. Fuji and defeat the evil spirits. Accompanying her on her journey are two veteran warriors who served her father, and Taro, a young kappa, or river spirit, whom she has adopted as her little brother. Along the way, the two warriors have doubts about Taro's loyalties, and the young kappa himself must decide if he will stand with his own species or with the humans who have cared for him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sakuya: Slayer of Demons See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ukiyoe, anyone?
8 January 2004 | by hoversjSee all my reviews

OK, that was rather vague, but this movie really has the feeling of the "floating world" of ukiyoe paintings. It was the most unusual and striking thing about Sakuya, Slayer of Demons - that a simple fairy tale story would be portrayed in such a beautiful, classy, stylized atmosphere.

Despite being a story fit for children, the movie is easily watchable by all ages - the effects are cool, the monsters are very interesting (being from a non-western mythological tradition), and the heroine is tough, stoic, fair and honorable.


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