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Dororo
     

Dororo

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Director: Akihiko Shiota

Cast: Kou Shibasaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mieko Harada

 
A fierce woman warrior joins a wandering demon hunter on his quest to recover the missing body parts and regain his natural form in director Akihiko Shiota's adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's popular manga of the same name. Years ago, malevolent ruler Daigo Kagemitsu promised to deliver his unborn son to the forty-eight devils of the underworld in exchange for the power to

Overview

A fierce woman warrior joins a wandering demon hunter on his quest to recover the missing body parts and regain his natural form in director Akihiko Shiota's adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's popular manga of the same name. Years ago, malevolent ruler Daigo Kagemitsu promised to deliver his unborn son to the forty-eight devils of the underworld in exchange for the power to conquer his country. When his son was born with forty-eight body parts missing, Daigo knew he had gotten his wish and cast the infant child into the river. Rescued from certain death and given the name Hyakkimaru (Satoshi Tsumabuki) by a poor herb doctor, the boy was outfitted with a glass eye, fitted with artificial limbs, and raised amidst the confusion of war. Now, every time Hyakkimaru slays a demon, he regains another one of his missing body parts. One day, as Hyakkimaru does battle with a particularly fierce spider demon, a scrappy female thief named Dororo (Kou Shibasaki) takes notice and comes to his aid. Fascinated by the strange sword affixed to Hyakkimaru's artificial arm and awestruck by the fact that he somehow managed to grow a new leg after defeating the giant spider, Dororo agrees to follow Hyakkimaru on his journey after learning of his story from an ageing minstrel. But while Dororo is a fearless ally indeed, she has a troublesome habit of getting into mischief at the most awkward times. Later, as Hyakkimaru prepares to face off against his powerful father - he leaves his new friend behind in order to face his fate alone.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
UPC:
0025195041164
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:19:00
Sales rank:
60,723

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kou Shibasaki Dororo
Satoshi Tsumabuki Hyakkimaru
Mieko Harada Yuri
Anna Tsuchiya Sabame's Wife
Kiichi Nakai Daigo Kagemitsu
Eita Tahomaru
Tetta Sugimoto Sabame
Kumiko Aso Dororo's Mother
Gekidan Hitori Gangster
Katsuo Nakamura Traveling Musician
Yoshio Harada Shaman

Technical Credits
Akihiko Shiota Director,Screenwriter
Hiroyuki Akune Production Manager
Siu-Tung Ching Action Director
Toshihide Fukano Editor
Takashi Hirajo Producer
Makio Ika Sound/Sound Designer
Kazuko Kurosawa Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomoyuki Maruo Production Designer
Naka Masamura Screenwriter
Arimasa Okada Associate Producer
Takahide Shibanushi Cinematographer
Atsuyuki Shimoda Co-producer
Osamu Tezuka Original Story
Tamako Tsujimoto Associate Producer
Shuji Yamashita Production Manager
Goro Yasukawa Score Composer
Yenchang Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dororo
1. Pact With Demons [7:41]
2. Street Thief [6:07]
3. Man or Monster [5:56]
4. "Pitiful Human" [5:03]
5. Blade of Vengeance [8:35]
6. Stolen Flesh [8:00]
7. Children's Spirit [8:29]
8. Feeding Ground [8:47]
9. No Mere Human [7:18]
10. Feeling Murderous [4:30]
11. Personal Vendetta [4:44]
12. Return Home [8:32]
13. Sworn Enemy [6:54]
14. Abandoned Hatred [7:41]
15. Danger Lurks [6:30]
16. Only Room For One [3:10]
17. No Regret [4:35]
18. Don't Be Fooled [6:30]
19. Foloow Your Path [9:40]
20. End Titles [6:09]

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Dororo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much of the first 90 minutes of this movie plays like the adult equivalent of "The Great Yokai War", in the utter weirdness of its depiction of Japanese demons. If you haven't seen that movie, think of Miyazaki's animation "Spirited Away". However, "Dororo" is not a children's movie, as there are a lot of body parts involved. Body parts actually figure heavily in the plot. Meanwhile, there are several tips of the cap to Akira Kurosawa. The thief Dororo reminded me of Toshiro Mifune's character in "The Seven Samurai". The evil ruler who sacrifices his child to demons to ensure a long rule, and the family conflicts that dominate the last hour of the film are reminiscent of "Ran" and "Throne of Blood". The movie bogs down a bit in the last act, and the trippy weirdness of the special effects isn't for everyone. But there's an audience out there for a movie like this, and I hope that audience can find its way to "Dororo".