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|Anna Tsuchiya||Sabame's Wife|
|Kiichi Nakai||Daigo Kagemitsu|
|Kumiko Aso||Dororo's Mother|
|Katsuo Nakamura||Traveling Musician|
|Akihiko Shiota||Director, Screenwriter|
|Hiroyuki Akune||Production Manager|
|Siu-Tung Ching||Action Director|
|Makio Ika||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Kazuko Kurosawa||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tomoyuki Maruo||Production Designer|
|Arimasa Okada||Associate Producer|
|Osamu Tezuka||Original Story|
|Tamako Tsujimoto||Associate Producer|
|Shuji Yamashita||Production Manager|
|Goro Yasukawa||Score Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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".