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Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger

(Sutorejia : mukô hadan)

by Mashiro Ando



Sword of the Stranger

Director: Masahiro Ando

Script: Fumihiko Takayama

Cinematographer: Yohei Miyahara

Animation Director: Yoshiyuki Ito

Art Director: Atsushi Morikawa

Music: Nahoki Sato

Voice Cast: Yûki Chinen, Tomoya Nagase, Akio Otsuka, Naoto Takenaka, Kôichi Yamadera

Production: Bones

Beez Entertainment
142 Bd Diderot
75012 Paris
Tel: 0033

Year: 2007

Screening: 2010

35 mm, Colour, 102 min, 
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

During the Senguku era, endless fights between warlords have bled Japan dry. A nameless “ronin” (former samurai) saves young orphan Katarô and his dog Tobimaru aggressed by mercenaries coming from China while finding shelter in a burned-out temple. This mysterious militia has been looking for Kotarô to perform an occult ritual in order to get eternal life. Among them is Luo-Lang, an outstanding swashbuckler hungry for fighting who serves under warlord Bai-Luan. Kotarô hires the nameless “ronin” as bodyguard in exchange for a precious stone given to him by a monk. They decide to travel together. Their destiny from now onwards is inexorably bound, and a moving friendship starts between two persons whose personal lives have been shuttered by a tragedy: a samurai with no master nor a name who has made the vow not to use a sword anymore, and a young boy who lost his parents.


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