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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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... Nanashi (No Name) (voice)
Yuri Chinen ... Kotaro (voice)
... Rarou (voice)
... Shogen Itadori (voice)
... Lord Akaike (voice)
... Jyuurouta Inui (voice)
... Hagihime (voice)
Jun Hasumi ... Zekkai (voice)
Tomoyuki Shimura ... Isogai (voice)
Takurô Kitagawa ... Fuchinobe (voice)
Atsushi Ii ... Byakuran (Bai-Luan) (voice)
Hirofumi Nojima ... Feng-Wu (voice)
Masaki Aizawa ... Yue-Shen (voice)
Fumie Mizusawa ... Mu-Mao (voice)
Junko Minagawa ... Mu-You (voice)
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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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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 »

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Luo-Lang: You've lived too long, old man.
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A Technical Marvel in the Animation World
27 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

My perception of 2D animation practically changed after seeing this movie. No doubt about it. Since today's standards mostly rely on 3D technology to capture realistic and fluid movements in animation, this movie shatters the limits I thought really existed in 2D animation. Since animation marvels like Samurai Champloo back in 2005, Chinese and Japanese sword arts never looked so good in an anime. However yes 3D technology was used in making this movie but only to a limited extent to which it only deemed necessary like cameras panning to arrows, panning fluidly on background terrain and such. All the organic character movements were hand drawn so perfectly well that even all the action was so clear which is just a marvel to see over and over again.

The story may not be the most original but at the same time it isn't bad at all. In fact the characters of this movie retain their depth throughout the entire film which makes it easy for any viewer especially who appreciates animation to look past it as the movie alone offers plenty of intriguing visuals that sincerely complement the story backed by a superb soundtrack which captures the very essences and themes of the setting.

Highly recommended for anime enthusiasts as well as anyone who appreciates cartoons. in fact they shouldn't miss this one as watching this film once simply isn't quite enough.


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