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Set in a barbarous world of magic and mysticism, this action-packed tale of intrigue and adventure follows the exploits of Amon - a young man on a desperate quest to avenge the death of his mother. When his hunt leads him to the castle of the Emperor Valhiss, Amon must endure the perils of initiation and join the ranks of the Imperial army in order to gain an opportunity to take his revenge. But once within the heart of the fortified city, Amon unexpectedly encounters the princess Lichia - the sultry daughter of King Sem Darai. It seems the Emperor hopes to exchange the princess for a map in the King's possession. But what is the Emperor's ultimate goal?
This sword-and-sorcery epic was originally released in 1986, when the look of Japanese animation still displayed a pronounced Western influence. Although the characters were designed by Yoshitaka Amano, who was already well known for his work on Vampire Hunter D, Amon Saga suggests a mixture of Conan the Barbarian, Prince Valiant, and American Saturday morning TV shows. Having been trained by the "wandering poet and master swordsman" Ekuna, young Amon is a warrior of exceptional skill. He has devoted his life to avenging his mother, who was murdered by the bestial Emperor Valhiss. To fulfill his plan, he joins a ragtag group of mercenaries in Valhiss's service. In addition to dispensing any foe foolish enough to cross swords with him, Amon rescues the Princess Lichia, slays his quota of werewolves and monsters, and forges an alliance with two fellow warriors, gigantic Gaius and crafty Alcan. Their adventures are fairly standard for the genre, and the battle with the dragon kept by the emperor's sorcerer is shamelessly lifted from The Return of the Jedi. The violence seems very tame by contemporary standards, and the pacing of the film is much slower. However, Amon Saga offers one genuinely striking visual: the capitol-fortress of Valhiss, built on the back of a monstrous tortoise. "Parental discretion advised": suitable for ages 14 and up for violence, grotesque imagery, and minor nudity. --Charles Solomon
This is one of the greatest anime feature i ever saw. From the man that created Vampire Hunter D, this is a title that belong's to your collection. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by StreetFighterFan
Oh my goodness!!! If you are reading this review b/c you are considering buying this movie, PLEASE stop! Save yourself! Read morePublished on August 18, 2003 by "just_a_canadian_girl"
It's best left up to reviewing with a nostalgic mind...
The Pros: This movie fits perfectly into the genre of the 80's, the HeMan, the "save the princess. Read more