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Sword of the Stranger

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,164 ratings

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Set in the turbulent period of Japanese history known as the Sengoku period - or the era of Warring states - this feature length anime tells the story of a nameless ronin, robbed of identity and title when the second shogunate falls into chaos. Wandering the beligered countryside of his war torn nation, the former samurai happens across a boy named Kataro, who's become the target of Chinese assassins, who seem to want the boy for use in some kind of mystical ritual. The nameless ronin can't let them take an innocent child's life, and soon finds himself on the most important mission of his career - and that his life as a warrior is far from over. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

Masahiro Ando's Sword of the Stranger (2007) is a no-holds-barred samurai action film that happens to be animated. Accompanied by his faithful dog, Tobimaru, Kotaro is forced to flee when the troops of a feudal lord and their Chinese allies attack the temple where he's been living. Taking refuge in an abandoned shrine, Kotaro meets No Name, a sardonic but extremely able ronin. Kotaro needs a friend, as both Japanese and Chinese fighters are hunting him; They're planning to sacrifice the boy in an elaborate ritual and use his blood to prepare "Xian Medicine," an elixir that is supposed to guarantee the Emperor of China eternal life. Although Kotaro fusses and tries to bully No Name, a powerful bond forms between the designated victim and the warrior who bears the physical and psychological scars of his battles. Their bond proves stronger than the ties that bind lord to vassal and ally to ally. Like Kenshin Himura in Rurouni Kenshin, No Name has vowed not to use his sword in penance for the blood he shed as a warrior. But he breaks the knot that binds the blade to its sheath when he rescues Kotaro in a spectacular series of fight scenes. Voice actors Aidan Drummond (Kotaro) and Michael Adamthwaite (No Name) offer winning performances that match their Japanese counterparts, Yuri Chinen and Tomoya Nagase. Ando uses CG to give Sword of the Stranger a sense of epic scale without detracting from the drawn animation of the characters. Dynamically staged and animated, Sword of the Stranger will delight devotees of live-action samurai movies as well as anime fans. (Unrated, suitable for ages 14 and older: considerable violence, alcohol and drug use, minor toilet humor) --Charles Solomon

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  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3 Ounces
  • Media Format : AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
  • Release date : June 16, 2009
  • Actors : Sword of the Stranger
  • Dubbed: : English
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Language : Unqualified
  • Studio : Bandai
  • ASIN : B001W79MBI
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
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R. A. Caton
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like spaghetti westerns you'll love this full blooded animated actioner from the East
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Matt Q.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but lacking.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit pricey but wort it if you love the film.
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William Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Story starts and continues at a good slow pace with an explosive finale that mad my ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2019
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