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Rating: 8 stars

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Japan sword fight dog ronin assassin samurai child Chinese poison ritual ritual sacrifice anime bloody dismemberment

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Seen on: 08/25/2019

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Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Directed by Masahiro Andou

Action | Animation | Eastern

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

Pursued by formidable Chinese assassins, young Kotaro and his dog run into No Name, a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving the dog from a poison attack, but chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and No Name must face his past before a horrible fate is met again.

Rated NR | Length 103 minutes

Actors

Akio Otsuka | Naoto Takenaka | Kouichi Yamadera | Yuri Chinen | Tomoya Nagase

Viewing Notes

Not sure how I stumbled onto this title but I didn’t know anything about it until recently. And it’s really fucking good.

Plays sorta like a western w/the hero called “No Name” a la Clint Eastwood in the Dollars Trilogy, which I really love. In this story “No Name” is a ronin who has lost his memory yet has nightmares about his past that crosses paths with a boy and his dog then becomes their protector. There’s a gang of elite assassins chasing them along w/Chinese warriors (neither get along).

The story boils down to the child being the one needed for a sacrifice to create some elixir that gives extended life kinda like a fountain of youth thing. So there’s a hunt for the child altho I didn’t quite grasp why it was this particular child and this child has this ronin protector No Name. The film is a full-on action thriller w/plenty of fighting and bloodshed. Super hyper violent with some nice animated sequences.

Wouldn’t mind owning this some day. Just a lot to absorb and enjoy. Really dig the animation style. There’s some nice extras on this Funimation release w/the two main voice actors discussing their roles along w/the pilot short film that sold the project, which is pretty cool to see. There’s probably not a sequel to this but I’d love to see one w/these characters.

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