Musashi - The Dream of Last Sumarai details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Genres:||Animated, Anime, World Cinema|
Musashi - The Dream of Last Sumarai
|Run time:||1 hour 12 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Jul 2011|
Most helpful review
The truth about the 'truth' of MushashiBy Jester84 (14 reviews) from Truro , 02 Aug 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Sadly disappointing. What should have been a brilliantly animated story of the legend that is Mushashi - father of the two swords technique- turned out to be a historical documentary/educational lecture by cheap bubble-gum animated rubbish.
There are some fantastic gothic dark fragments of brilliance sprinkled liberally with talent and interest but it is largely overshadowed by the majority of the film being narrated by a self-confessed professor and his annoying squeaking sidekick.
The history does present some eye-brow raising points of interest but the manner in which its presented is slow, monotonous and dull.
If you want to know some little known historical facts about Japan's past and the true origins of Bushido then give this film a go. However if you want to learn more about Mushashi then leave this one alone - all the truly legendary stories are ghosted over or ignored.
Cheap and nasty.By kinitow (10 reviews) , 03 Sep 201320 mins of good looking, poorly animated anime. 60 mins of terrible cgi animation. What you get is some VERY basic cgi. Here they talk about instances in Musashi's life. Then you get a minute or two of actual anime. Don't bother.
Educational TV Special For ChildrenBy NativityInBlack (119 reviews) from Birmingham , 21 Jul 2012The fact that this is a 15 really puzzels me because the feel and tone outside of a few short bloody anime sections is completely that of an after school historical educational show for children. It is pretty boring and doesnt really engage well for a mature audience. If it were a streight up documentary done like a regular History Channel show it would have been much better than the half and half with anime and a poorly animated cartoon professor narrating all the historical points and providing context.
I wouldnt reccomend this to anyone expecting either a comprehensive documentary or those who might have been looking for a feature length anime on Musashi as this isnt either.
Poop festBy firefienduk (1 review) , 13 Jun 2012Like other reviews have said, this is not at all what I was expecting. Complete letdown. Do not bother with this movie unless you are ten years old.
Entertaining animated documentaryBy Dabbsy (12 reviews) from Bromley , 13 Dec 2011This is an entertaining documentary using animated sequences instead of live-action to illustrate selected key events in the life of Myiamoto Musashi. The presenter of the documentary is a slapstick comedy 3D animated professor, so I suspect it's aimed at a younger audience. There's nothing terribly gory here - at least, sepia-tinted animated blood and decapitation would do little to scare Japanese kids.
I enjoyed the film, and I found especially fascinating the lengthy explanation why Japanese archer-horsemen enjoyed a lesser warrior status than European knights in armour, but I would warn viewers that you might not understand what's going on if you have no prior knowledge about Musashi. He is such a common cultural figure in modern Japan that the documentary assumes you are already familiar with the Musashi legend and simply focuses on a handful of key events in his known life story. A quick visit to Wikipedia might be in order.
Not what I thought...By ShiftyMouse (1 review) , 11 Aug 2011Definately wasn't what I was expecting, thought it was going to be an animated story depicting the life of Musashi but instead was more of a documentary which I found slightly disappointing. Although I did still find it interesting and enjoyed it for what it was.