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Amon Saga (2000)

Shunji Oga  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Shunji Oga
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BJXF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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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?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, tame but not the worst thing out there July 21, 2002
By Kevin
OK.. to give credit where credit is due. 80s animation has to be judged as such. Amon Saga is like watching Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman) fun if you were there and remember it. I enjoyed Amon Saga, but wouldn't rank it with even the lowest of my favourite Animes.
It is a typical good vs. evil, save the damsel in distress, meet unlikely allies along the way adventure story. The action scenes lack the gore and intensity of more modern anime, the dialogue is simple and the language clean. An updated story and some deeper development would make a decent remake.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 80s anime December 12, 2003
This is a nice anime of the 80s.The story is nice but remains average.The animation look great for an old anime and theres also a small scene with Vampire Hunter D in it.
i can say i like this anime but i cant say i love it or watch it frequently but if you like old 80s anime you might as well see it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Amano - Good, but not Grand April 24, 2004
The only thing that is problematic about Amon Saga is that it is a product of the mid-80's. Unless you are familiar with anime production in that era, it is tempting to dismiss the film because modern anime are done for an entirely different set of expectations. It's a bit like another Yoshitaka Amano product - Final Fantasy 7. Either you accept the fact that, for its time, it was a very fine animation effort and has value as a result, or you don't. Perfectionists, obviously, need not apply.
Amon Saga displays Amano's talents as a conceptual and character artist. Valhiss, an ominous emperor, who rules from a city set in the shell of a gigantic tortoise, seeks to discover the mysterious Valley of Gold, intending to use its wealth to conquer the world of Granmall. To accomplish this Valhiss has abducted Princess Lichia with the intention of trading her life for a secret map. Into the middle of this turmoil of deadly warriors and spies comes Amon, a brilliant swordsman who simply seeks revenge against Valhiss for killing Amon's mother.
Truthfully, the plot isn't exactly original. Boy meets girl, girl loves boy, losts of fighting and magic. The story is enjoyable, but not heartrending. The art, heavily influenced by Amano, is much better. This is his early, 'good guys can have white hair too' stage, and is reminiscent of Vampire Hunter D. If anything, Amon uses even less dialog than D. If you are interested in Amano, then you are going to have to own it. If you just like anime, you may prefer to hunt up a copy for rent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic October 8, 2009
I dont know why this movie has such bad reviews, its really one of the better animes out there. It consist of the main hero Amon, a great swordsman, on a journy of revenge.

Theres an evil empire whose recruiting new soldiers and Amon competes with others to become one of the soldiers. Theres tons of characters with unique traits and the movie takes several twists.

Its hard to describe the exact nature of the plot but what i will say is that if you dont give this movie a chance, your missing out!
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