Sword Of The Stranger details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Koichi Yamadera, Akio Otsuka, Yűki Chinen, Tomoya Nagase, Naoto Takenaka|
|Genres:||Animated, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, World Cinema|
|Original title||Sutorenjia: Mukô hadan|
Sword Of The Stranger
|Run time:||3 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
Most helpful review
Japanese SamuraiBy DelaneyMagic (6 reviews) from Trowbridge , 18 Nov 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]as you can guess the story takes place in Japan during the time of the samurai and whilst this means there are quite a few sword weilding maniacs chopping off limbs the story isn't revolved around the fighting and can still be enjoyed by people who don't appreciate the fighting as much.
The artwork is fantastic in this film with the landscape setting a beautiful scenery for the story to unfold, the character animation was also very good and reminded me of some studio ghibli work with I was very please about.
my only dislike is that occasionally the story goes off plot a bit and you're not quite sure what they're trying to accomplish however as i've given this a 5 stars then I can safely say its only a minor problem.
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Great but still with the potential to improveBy Honeyman (1 review) , 03 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideSo I got around to watching this finally and it was quite the visual treat. A simple story of a roaming samurai who befriends a young boy (and his dog), becoming his temporary bodyguard as he is persued by a group of professional Chinese warriors of the Emprorer, hoping to capture the boy for an initially shrouded greater cause. Story summary out of the way, Stranger keeps the dialogue swift and the content light as we become accustomed to a samurai who might just not be a nativeJapanese, a boy taken away from and reunited with Japan and a Westerner with proficiency in Chinese and high-level art of the sword. Stranger ends up being an animated film you don't have to think too deeply about but you get something good from it. Slightly unconvential characters and well animated action make for a worthwhile 100 minutes.
Anime at its bestBy a customer , 02 Nov 2012Although not technically perfect, this beautiful film has one of the best final battles I have ever seen. Characters are interesting and the story will keep you plugged to this anime. By the time it is finished you will realize how short it feels despite its long duration!
Predictable StrangerBy lonewolfcat (3 reviews) , 16 Oct 2012Sword of the stranger is an enjoyable, if predictable film.
The usual mysterious stranger/reluctant hero befriends boy who is hunted down by a Clan of ruthless villians. Surprise, surprise he protects the boy and goes on a quest to find his inner strenght once again, and rid the 'demons' that plague him. Then he muster all his power to try and the defeat the horrible men who are hell bent on hunting down the child. The animation is ok, but soemtimes a little lazy. It is no Ninja Scroll!
They're are slight undertones of been anti Chinese, and xenophobia in the film, but is is after all in the times of feudal Japan so therefore is fairly accurate on that aspect.
Fight scenes ok, storyline ok, animation ok. Film ok.
There is better out there, but it is nevertheless watchable.
Kill Count Higher Than Total RecallBy WongOrWhite (113 reviews) , 27 Aug 2012What's not to love?...liberal use of sharp/dangerous objects, check...dismembered body part bonanza, check...ridiculously OTT kill count, check...pools and pools of bodily fluids splashed across the screen, check...along the same lines as 'Ninja Scroll' and 'Samurai Champloo' to a lesser extent, this one boasts THE best final samurai swordfight I have ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes upon...as other people have mentioned, the soundtrack is itself amazing and ties up the film perfectly...
Absolutely StunningBy a customer , 23 Jun 2012The title says everything.
The only thing as impressive as the animation is the soundtrack.
Fantastic example of Japanese anime.