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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a kid-level adventure, silly at times, awful cgi demons but otherwise all right if you're not expecting too much.Published 25 days ago by parhelion
Ultra cool, very hip. This is the type of film that Quentin Tarantino wishes he could make (and fails.) Not one frame of film is wasted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. mays
I really like this story of the demon slayer in his quest to redeem his missing body parts. This film has a fun blend of action, humor, and a bit of horror. Read morePublished 4 months ago by IceWingedWolf
If you like Japanese movies this one will not disappoint you. Quite crazy at the moments with some ridicolous music at some moments but again hard to stop watching. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marek Maj
Very entertaining, action/fantasy movie. Will definitely purchase future sequels.Published 7 months ago by Glenn
Great action fantasy film. End of story leaves you hanging anticipating another chapter, but none can be found.Published 8 months ago by Papio
Love this quirky Japanese Manga turned into film. Loved the Actors, Wish that the film took it further, but from what I understand the author went to other writings and never... Read morePublished 10 months ago by cindy stock
I really enjoyed this tale and the characters left me feeling happy.Published 11 months ago by David C. Harris
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