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Sakuya: Slayer of Demons (2000)

Sakuya: yôkaiden (original title)
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 »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Japan's answer to Buffy!
23 June 2001 | by mark-252See all my reviews

This marvellous gem shows how computer graphic FX can be used to make convincing shots that are exciting and artistic too! The opening shots of Mount Fuji erupting are totally spectacular and lead us into the story by way of an entrance to hell being opened. Demons are emerging from the pit and only Sakuya, teenage Slayer of Demons can stop them with her magic sword! It is set in the distant past when all you can fight monsters with is swords and gunpowder. Each of the demons that Sakuya fights takes a different form! As usual the character is based on a popular manga title. It's more exciting than creepy, but the plot certainly keeps up the surprises and demons keep on getting bigger and bigger! The film looks like a Hong Kong action movie but was shot in Japan, which may explain why the wirework in the fight scenes isn't very sophisticated. The FX team for this film have also worked on the fantastic nineties trilogy of GAMERA films (the third of which has to be seen to be believed).


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