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Kai Doh Maru (2001)

Set in the Shoryaku and Chotoku eras of Japan's Heian period, the animated short Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political ... See full summary »


Kanji Wakabayashi


Nobuhisha Terado (script)


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Credited cast:
Dan Green ... Usui-no-Sadamitsu (2003) (voice)
Corinne Orr ... Ohni-hime (Shuten Dohji) / Additional Voices (2003) (voice) (as Corrine Orr)
Peter Patrikios ... Additional Voices (2003) (voice)
Don Puglisi ... Urabe-no-Suetake (2003) (voice)
David Rhodes ... Ibaragi Dohji: Masakado / Additional Voices (2003) (voice)
Larry Robinson Larry Robinson ... Fujiwara-no-Michinaga (2003) (voice)
Flavio Romeo Flavio Romeo ... Watanabe-no-Tsuna (2003) (voice)
Mitsuki Saiga Mitsuki Saiga ... Kintoki Sakatano (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Meiko (2003) (voice) (as Kathleen McInerney)
Bruce Winant ... Minamoto-no-Raiko (2003) (voice)
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Set in the Shoryaku and Chotoku eras of Japan's Heian period, the animated short Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political plots. The story reworks themes from Japanese folklore, focusing on the relationship between Sakata no Kintoki (Kintaro) and Minamoto no Raiko, one of the first military Minamoto and "monster hunter" of folklore. The story replaces the traditional image of Kintaro - a strong, ruddy-cheeked man - with that of a determined, tomboyish girl, while retaining much of the traditional character such as the carrying of an axe. Other historical figures from the period who have also become objects of folklore, such as Fujiwara no Michinaga and the rebel Taira no Masakado also make an appearance. Written by dmh2000

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Dull story in a technically well animated tale
5 June 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a story set in Feudal Japan. Kintoki flees her uncle into the mountains and is rescued by Lord Raiko and his men who raise her to be a warrior. However her past comes calling...

This is told with computer animation that mixed flat with 3D. The coloring is very deliberate and makes you swear that something is wrong with your TV set, its not, it, like the design of the film is made to look of the art of the period the story takes place in. It looks good if really odd. If you like Japanese art then you are going to really enjoy the film purely on a visual level.

The plotting is such that, well, let me put it this way, The DVD I was watching was damaged and wouldn't play past the middle of the movie and I didn't care. I could have returned it for something else instead I just went on to another movie. It wasn't bad, its just that what was happening on screen was not living up to the visuals.

Honestly is worth a rental but its not worth a purchase unless you are interested in the art of the time period, or the different styles used in different types of animation.

Interesting Technically, but not emotionally

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19 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Kaidômaru See more »

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