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Dororo (2007)

Tsumabuki Satoshi , Shibasaki Kou , Akihiko Shiota  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tsumabuki Satoshi, Shibasaki Kou
  • Directors: Akihiko Shiota
  • Writers: Akihiko Shiota, Masa Nakamura
  • Producers: Takashi Hirano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In an age of epic samurai battles, one warrior must hunt down and destroy powerful demonic forces to reclaim his humanity and uncover the secret of his father’s betrayal. Based on the classic story by legendary Japanese manga (comic book) pioneer Osamu Tezuka, Dororo is a fantastical adventure filled with thrilling action and unrivalled imagination!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An imaginitive Japanese fantasy romp September 28, 2008
This story of outcasts, demons, and a power-mongering warlord takes place during Japan's storied Warring States period and has been through manga and anime adaptations in the late 60's (now THAT is old school) but has just now gotten the big screen live-action treatment. 'Bout time. Two sequels are on the way as well so lovers of Asian and fantasy cinema must rejoice! This movie is a lot of fun to watch and although it is uneven at times -especially the special effects- it is highly recommended to fans of the genre.

"Dororo" is the story of a child whose body was sold to demons in exchange for power before his very birth. The monsters divided him up into 48 parts, one for each of them, and left him a featureless stump of a newborn. Unwilling to allow her powermad husband to kill the wretched child, his mother sent him down the river in a basket, Moses-style. He's found by a supernaturally gifted aspiring doctor who has been studying the science of regrowing limbs. He gifts the baby with replacements for all of his missing bodyparts adn raises him as his own. How a newborn survived that long with no heart, liver, or the like is not explained. As a grown man, the nameless outcast hunts down the demons who stole his body. Each time he slays one, his original body part grows back in. Along the way, he meets a similarly nameless female thief played by super-charming pop idol Kou Shibasaki. The uncultured and obnoxious girl happens upon the hero slaying a demon in a bar and decides to follow him, hoping to take his blade -which was forged for vengeance- for her own quest. She takes a liking to the name "Dororo" (little monster) and takes it as her own and the two are all set for adventure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Adventure: Full of Emotional Complexity August 12, 2009
I had no idea when I selected "Dororo" from the Comcast-on-Demand "Free Movie" section that it would become an obsession. It's a very clever combination of elements from the Biblical story of Moses, the Pinocchio fairytale, the classical Frankenstein novel and the Highlander movies. The premise is that Hyakkimaru's father, a powerful warlord, sold 48 of his body parts to 48 demons for power over his enemies before he was even born. A young man now, Hyakkimaru must kill each demon to retrieve his true body. I can truly say that I've never seen a film as bizarre as this and yet with so many emotional layers. This film upon the first viewing will leave you gaping and you'll become mesmerized by the concepts used in the movie.

The director's vision is chock full of issues surrounding abandonment, and the effect of warmongering on children, most specifically our two main characters. In the prelude to the first battle Hyakkimaru has in the movie with a demon, several caged sad-eyed children roll by in wagon. Later, we see the remains of an orphanage consumed by a fire that killed all the children. At the orphanage, Dororo berates a couple who abandoned their child to the orphanage.

The two lead characters are fully formed characters, and their personalities evolve plausibly in this highly implausible movie as their relationship morphs and changes. The interaction between the two lead characters, Hyakkimaru and Dororo is fascinating to watch. We learn as an old storyteller tells the brash and inquisitive Dororo, who claims status as a master thief, how Hyakkimaru has "lost heart" after his 3rd demon kill. Of course, as I suspect the old storyteller knew, with Dororo as his companion, his depressive state could not continue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise February 5, 2009
Let me start off by saying I have never read the original manga this movie is based on so if you are looking to see how accurate this movie is to its source material this review might not be for you.

To put it simply, if you're in the mood for a fantasy film with swords, demons, and a decent storyline look no further than Dororo.

the GOOD:
1. Storyline is entertaining.
2. the acting is solid, slightly campy but, still fun.
3. the last half of the movie (without giving away anything) is where the story really seems to come to life.

the BAD:
1. the special effects are hit and miss. Sometimes they look great and other times they look, well, just bad.
2. some of the monster costumes look like they came straight out of a Power Rangers episode.

Since you're reading this review I assume you're interested in this title anyway so do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SciFi/Samurai Movie!!! January 7, 2012
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Without going into a dissertation, I really liked the movie and the story line. Some might find it hokey or stupid, but it's only for entertainment purposes!!! I hope that they continue the story line and make more movies!! I would definitely buy them!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monster child September 16, 2008
For the record, I've never read the original "Dororo" manga by Osamu Tezuka, and I probably won't. Not any time soon, anyway.

But for some reason I ended up snaring a copy of the horror/fantasy story "Dororo," a bizarre Japanese fantasy story about a stoic young man who wanders through an unnamed Asian land trying to regain his body parts. It's a strange, dark story with lots of macabre humour and a raucous sidekick, and director Akihiko Shiota keeps the story chugging along to the end.

Years ago a brutal warlord traded forty-eight of his unborn son's body parts to a slew of demons, in exchange for power to dominate the whole world.

The baby was sent adrift on a nearby river, and a kindly old spellcaster gave him artificial limbs and organs. Now the young man (Satoshi Tsumabuki) roams around killing the demons to regain his body parts. A young thief (Kou Shibasaki) learns his story and starts following him around, after dubbing herself by his nickname "Dororo" (or "Monster Child") and him Hyakkimaru after the sword inside his artificial left arm.

The two of them succeed in slaying several demons -- including voracious caterpillars and an armless dinosaur -- and regain a few more of Hyakkimaru's body parts. But when he kills one demon, it hints at the identity of the man who ruined Hyakkimaru's life. And he inadvertently learns that the cruel warlord who murdered Dororo's family is none other than Daddy Dearest.

"Dororo" is one of those truly bizarre movies that you usually only find in Asian countries -- they seem a bit more secure with the macabre, bizarre, and totally unbelievable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Bizarre And Fun!
The Japanese have always been known for their quirkyness in film. As other reviewers have stated, this is one bizarre movie! But, very entertaining. Read more
Published 23 days ago by The Wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing one of Japanese SAMURAI movies .
This is amazing story , comes from the comics of Osamu Tezuka Japanese most famous Manga writer .
And now that became live action movie ! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taku Sugano
4.0 out of 5 stars 24 to go
A VERY creepy story.

I like it very much.
Published 1 month ago by Steve J
5.0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Dororo
This is a great Asian Fantasy tale full of creatures, demons, and fighting - it is very Frankenstein in the resurrection and growth of the main hero, as well as a tale of vengeance... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
Very happy to find this movie and for a very reasonable price. Thanks again, I look forward to future purchases.
Published 4 months ago by mark macias
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cute and funny sidekick
Wow, I was kind of ready to be disappointed in this, but it was absolutely a blast. The typecast demons were so classicly "theatrical" and the interplay between the hero... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Harlen Henegar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy and overcoming evil!!
I love this movie!! Asian movies are different in the most interesting ways. The use of light and contrast, sound, the natural elements, and in this movie fantasy in abundance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cyndi Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars DORORO is an amazing, beautiful, grotesque, scary, sometimes funny...
Dororo offers beautiful cinematography which will seize and enthrall you, plot/concept/dialogue you either get right away or soon in a Eureka! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roy Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars good one
enjoyable. actually much better than most movies based on comic books. on dvd is good but could use more audio tracks?
Published 14 months ago by Neodude86
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolness with an edge
Cinematography that compliments the story line, off-beat characters and quirky plot that you can invest in, and martial arts action coupled with oriental mysticism sufficient to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jonathan
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