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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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Blown away!
18 August 2005 | by Pingo-2See all my reviews

I bought this as a VCD in Hong Kong for $3 (Hong Kong Dollars), which is about 50 American cents. I can easily say that it was very much worth the money! :-) I thought it would be a Chinese film with bad costumes, but found myself watching a special-effects packed Japanese manga-in-motion flick with lots of cool stuff.

It's very nice computer-game-styled story, which is super-simple, but fun to watch. The slow episodes between the action are not at all bad, but instead interesting and even though they don't give the film any depth, they are as well done as the action-scenes since the actors and actresses are very good.

I felt like I was watching an Asian version of WILLOW, or maybe a live-action role playing game, but I guess comparisons just don't give this film enough credit.

There are really only one down-part (which is major, though!) and that's the silly STAR WARS-inspired "good demons"-dance scene. Fast forward that, and the rest is perfect.

I really enjoyed the evil puppet master too, and especially his dolls! 8 of out 10. I was genuinely surprised by the quality!


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