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Strings (2004)

A prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father not aware his father wasn't murdered and in-reality committed suicide and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman.
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Cast

Credited cast:
James McAvoy ... Hal (voice)
Catherine McCormack ... Zita (voice)
Julian Glover ... Kahro (voice)
Derek Jacobi ... Nezo (voice)
Ian Hart ... Ghrak (voice)
Claire Skinner ... Jhinna (voice)
David Harewood ... Erito (voice)
Samantha Bond ... Eike (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Bouras Marina Bouras ... Jhinna (voice)
Pernille Højmark Pernille Højmark ... Eike (voice)
Paul Hüttel Paul Hüttel ... Agra (voice)
Jonas Karlsson ... Hal (voice)
Melinda Kinnaman ... Zita (voice)
Jesper Langberg Jesper Langberg ... Nezo (voice)
Henning Moritzen ... Kahro (voice)
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Hal Tara is the son of The Kahro of the city of Hebalon and heir to the throne. When The Kahro kills himself, Hal is chosen to taken his place to rule Hebalon. But the discovery of The Kahro's suicide letter, that his father's death was no suicide, and was conducted by rivals of the city known as The Zeriths, Hal disguising himself as a commoner leaves the city and sets out to find the Zeriths and avenge his father. But Nezo, The Kahro's evil advisor who discovered the Kahro's body sends a warrior known as Erito to join Hal and to kill him. Entering the Zerith's camp, unaware of his identity, Hal falls in love with Zita, a Zerith female warrior, unaware Nezo has evil schemes to take over ruler ship of the city and Erito's wife Eike and Hal's sister Jhinna have uncovered his evil plot. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Norway | UK

Language:

English | Danish | Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilos See more »

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Budget:

€3,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Hal Tara is hung upside in a ice cave, is an obvious reference to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) which Luke Skywalker is hung upside down in a ice cave, after being attacked by a snow creature. Julian Glover (The Kahro) played General Veers in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back". See more »

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Trailer Voice: [the film's trailer] In a world beyond your imagination. In a world where strings from heaven create all life on Earth. A son is born to a king. But in the innocence of youth, he is blind to the lurking peril that stalks his father. When his eyes are open to the blight of his people, he sets out to avenge his father's death. On a quest into the unknown, he will find an answer in the face of an enemy. Strength in the face of adversity and love in the face of a stranger. But a traitor awaits his ...
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Behind the scenes of the film is showing during the opening credits and the crew is seen setting up the sets and preparing the puppets for filming and the title of the film appears 6 minutes into the film, after the first scene. See more »

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Featured in The World of Strings (2006) See more »

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12 May 2005 | by roo1See all my reviews

I happened upon this film the other night, fresh (!) back in Phuket from Burma. Tired though I was, and the film was perhaps a quarter of the way through, I was absolutely mesmerised by it.

First, I was trying to guess the actors' voices. Second, I was captivated by the – don't laugh – "acting" skills of the marionettes.

Granted, there were no facial expressions, no morphing/animatronics/etc but still there was a warmth to these carved blocks of wood. BTW I was brought up watching Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, et al) and now realise that I have retained a soft spot for filmic puppetry.

Perhaps that is part of the attraction of the film for me, the fact that it is reminiscent of half a dozen long-forgotten puppet programmes – generally from Eastern Europe, as I recall – shown during the school holidays when it was probably raining.

Gentle – despite the violence in the story – moving and entrancing.

Watch it if you can – through child's eyes.


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