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Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Stranger: Mukô hadan (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 February 2009 (USA)
A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

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Masahiro Andô
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoya Nagase ... Nanashi (No Name) (voice)
Yuri Chinen Yuri Chinen ... Kotaro (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Rarou (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Shogen Itadori (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Lord Akaike (voice)
Mamoru Miyano ... Jyuurouta Inui (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Hagihime (voice)
Jun Hasumi Jun Hasumi ... Zekkai (voice)
Tomoyuki Shimura Tomoyuki Shimura ... Isogai (voice)
Takurô Kitagawa Takurô Kitagawa ... Fuchinobe (voice)
Atsushi Ii Atsushi Ii ... Byakuran (Bai-Luan) (voice)
Hirofumi Nojima Hirofumi Nojima ... Feng-Wu (voice)
Masaki Aizawa Masaki Aizawa ... Yue-Shen (voice)
Fumie Mizusawa Fumie Mizusawa ... Mu-Mao (voice)
Junko Minagawa Junko Minagawa ... Mu-You (voice)
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Storyline

A young boy and his dog find themselves the target of the Ming: a foreign dynasty that will stop at nothing. One day, a quiet and solemn warrior crosses their path, and becomes irrevocably connected with the two. A deal is struck and the warrior agrees to take the boy to a remote, Buddhist temple, where a kind monk is waiting to care for him and the dog. Unfortunately, the Ming have sent their elite, and they will test their strength, courage, and quality every step of the way. Written by Lokheed

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Some men kill in order to live. Some don't need a reason...


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword of the Stranger See more »

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Production Co:

Bones See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Submitted for consideration as a potential nominee for Best Animated Feature to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It failed to be selected. See more »

Quotes

Luo-Lang: Use this, pain go away.
Nanashi: I don't need it. I feel like having the pain is what makes you feel alive.
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Anime Chambara Movie
29 January 2011 | by mmushrmSee all my reviews

For those of you familiar with Chambara (samurai) movies, Sword of the Stranger, is the anime equivalent. Story line is typical Samurai storyline, wandering samurai helps out a kid and gets caught up in a plot by foreigners and "bad" samurai. without giving the plot line away I will say that if you are familiar with chambara movies and enjoy the stories/genre you will enjoy this movie. Technically wise, this movie is very well animated. Traditional hand drawn cel work mixed with some CG. It is beautiful to look at and the fighting scenes are amongst the best I have seen in anime or in real life action. A beautifully crafted movie that needs to be seen just on the technical aspects alone.


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