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Taro the Dragon Boy
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However, there is a catch: he may only summon this power when he is helping others. Taro soon learns that his long lost mother was transformed into a dragon as punishment for her greediness. He sets forth with a sense of purpose to locate his mother and free her from the spell. All the while trying to help the peasants of his village, as well as other colorful creatures that inhabit the mountain. Inspired by an ancient Japanese folklore, Taro the Dragon Boy is an enchanting animated masterpiece!
Available for the first time ever on DVD. Contains the rare English dubbed version, and the original Japanese language version completely uncut and unedited.
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Japanese, English
- Chapter Selection
- Motion Menu
- Translation notes
Top Customer Reviews
I remembered the intense story so much and loved
the animation in comparison to cheesy cartoons that I had
to break down and look for this movie.
It is a animated movie from the early 80's derived from
an Oriental Fable. A young boy separated from his mother
at birth (she turned into a dragon) He looks to reunite with
his mother and learns to help people along his journey.
He makes many friends and each event somehow ties into the
next part of his journey. Its story is very touching.
Anyhow, the moral of the story is: You can help yourself by helping others. (A sound piece of business advice I might add)
The story first introduces us to Taro, a young, seemingly magical, but also somewhat lazy and inconsiderate young boy, that lives with his grandmother in a mountain farming village. Taro isn't a mean kid --- he's just oblivious in a very simple, even dumb sort of way, and is content with spending his time playing with the animals of the forest, when he ought to be helping his tired Grandmother with the farming. His village (and many others throughout the film) are suffering from bad crops and farming conditions, sometimes because of the gods, sometimes because of demons, sometimes from the greed of other people, and sometimes just because of circumstance and the conditions of the environment. One day when Taro is playing in the woods, a Tengu spirit gives him a 'magic potion' (although it's more like magical saké), which gives Taro the strength of 100 men. The Tengu tells Taro to use his new-found strength to help others, to which Taro thankfully agrees.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent anime film that predates the Miyazaki greats. I wish it was re-released to Blu Ray.Published 24 days ago by AlanV
Definitely for those who love anime and story telling. It is an older animation and not "Ghibli" quality as some of the thumbnail shots may suggest, but a good story... Read morePublished 15 months ago by K.
Not a fan of this movie, couldn't finish it.
The product was in good shape and the seller was good as well.
This is a blast from my son's childhood. His favorite movie for years so I was excited to get it for him, and it was in excellent condition. Received quickly. Thanks!Published on March 6, 2014 by Sharmin
The animation quality is nice enough. It seems a bit pornographic at times, especially in the beginning. Honestly it's so aged that my generation can barely appreciate it. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by John B. Ames
I remember watching this as a kid in the 80's. I bought the DVD version and it delivers. The story is great and now my kids can watch it with me. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Mike
I bought this DVD because I enjoyed this movie as a child. It was just as good as I remember, but the picture quality is leaves something to be desired. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Tran C. Huynh