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Dororo

4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZIRWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By trashcanman VINE VOICE on September 28, 2008
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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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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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'Dororo' is a fast-paced fun and colorfully-imaginative film with kinetic (though sometimes brutal) Samurai-action + Fantasy-mystical elements tossed-in this highly-entertaining whirlpool-mix.

The original concept behind the film 'Dororo' came from the hyper-brilliant creative-mind of Legendary Osamu Tezuka (who of course was the father of modern Japanese manga & anime first in the 1950's and early 1960's 'Astro-Boy' 'Kimba the white Lion' 'Princess Knight' et al) Tezuka's original manga & TV-anime 'Dororo' was also popular in the late-1960's telling the tale of 'Hyakkimaru' (little-monster) who must reclaim his individual genuine body-parts (e.g. his real eyes, ears, heart, etc.) stolen by 48 Demons (when he was first-born due to an unholy alliance-deal-pact his father-warlord Daigo Kagemitsu made with the 48 warrior-demons, to gain brutal-power used to wage endlessly-bloody battle on the hapless citizenry during the relentlessly brutal Sengoku Jidai 'Warring-States' period in Japan, circa1400-1600)

It was quite an endeavor for director Akihiko Shiota to attempt to film (and recreate thru CGI) Tezuka's army of bizarrely-colorful (though still quite terrifying, and in many cases eccentric) Demons!
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