Kai Doh Maru
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Top Customer Reviews
So, somewhat disapointed by a studio that was aiming at a great initial start with Blood, but failed to carry on their innovative edge.
The story is set in the late 9th Century in the Heian capital of Kyoto. Action revolves around Kintoki Sakata, the Kai Doh Maru. When an envious uncle wiped out her branch of the Sakata clan, Kintoki escaped and was finally rescued by Lord Raiko Minamoto who is the captain of the Four Knights of the defense ministry. Kintoki has always been a tomboy, and now she sets out to be a warrior, one of Raiko's right hand 'men.'
The overt theme is the political conflict already brewing between the Minamoto and the Taira. Doji Ibaragi is a mad swordsman who serves Kintoki's cousin, Hime Ohni. He uses Hime's own compulsive desire for Kintoki to manipulate events into a crisis. The true theme, amidst the whirl of fighting and betrayal, is Kintoki's fatal effects on the lives of those that love her.
This is all told with the terse minimalism that the Japanese often seem to relish. The ending is sudden, and difficult to grasp. I found it jarring in its sudden tragedy, and I expect that many watchers will feel that 'Kai Doh Maru' is much too short. The film cries out for more detail and character development.
Yet, as an art piece, this film is outstanding. Colors and graphic style have been chosen to recall Heian artistic forms. The images of the capital and characters will stay with you for some time. And the fight chorography is nothing short of remarkable.Read more ›
"Kai Doh Maru" is beautiful. That much is certain. Production IG is not afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of raw animation, playing with muting filters, color pallets, pencil techniques and various other technologies that create a unique look for their films. With "Kai Doh Maru," they have sought to capture the look of antique Japanese art, with an emphasis on browns and other neutral tones. The CG blending with Cel animation is somewhat less artfully done, and stands out in each scene. Still, it is nice to see Heian era Japan so fully dimensional.
The story, such as it is, is just a skeleton of plot to stitch together the visuals. As with "Blood: The Last Vampire," one has the distinct sense that the character designs came first, and then a plot was constructed to bring them together. A female warrior, Kintoki, is on the run from a power-mad Uncle. Rescued by Raiko of "The Four Knights," she begins to question her masculine nature. From there, incomprehensible villains appear and are defeated, and a strange semi-supernatural woman seeks Kintoki to be her lover. It is a confusing mess, and hardly able to be realized in the 45 minutes allotted to the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definetely a movie I enjoyed. very well done. Very underrated. Beautiful art, animation, story, voice acting, etc. what else could you want?Published 22 months ago by K.A.
This film is fantastic. The first time I watched it, at the end I said to myself, "that was stupid". Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by bloodiaper
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"Kai Doh Maru" is probably unique in that not only do you need to review the back of the box before the movie in order to understand what's... Read more
Whenever I come away from animé or any foreign film scratching my head, I am always suspicious if my perplexity is due to cultural barriers. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Sniff Code
Forget K. Jones A.V.O. that person is a sissy punk! The animation is very good, though a bit pale in places. Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
Basically whoever watches this movie most likely won't be able to take the first 10 minutes. The movie is boring and it takes forever to find out what's going on. Read morePublished on December 31, 2005 by Keith A. Jones
Do me a favor. Visualize those two spoon-fulls of baked beans sitting next to the porkchops and mashed potatos on your dinner plate. Read morePublished on October 10, 2005 by Antonio D. Paolucci
I'm a big anime fan and bought this with high hopes... they were shattered! This movie is made by the same people who made "Blood: The Last Vampire" and they make the same terrible... Read morePublished on July 4, 2005 by David Carden