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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


Certificate:

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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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A great animated movie (not for kids)
13 May 2008 | by DreamyySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I have not seen such a good animated one in years and I'm still wondering how people can rate it 1 or 2.. I mean, the taste in movies is always different, but even if you didn't like it that much it is not possible to give it such a low score. In my opinion it is flawless in its way and even though I do remember that there was a movie (not animated) which felt almost the same, because in it there was also a samurai walking around with a child, it still felt fresh and cool and not old fashioned at all. Oh well, just give it a shot and you will most likely have a good time watching it.

I would have given it a 9, but I'm trying to fix the impossible votes a bit, even though.. it may even deserve a 10 for what it is.

Cheers


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