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The Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Kamui no ken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 1988 (USA)
An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »

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Rintaro

Writers:

Tetsu Yano (novel), Mori Masaki (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Jirô (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Oyuki (voice)
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Tenkai / Saigô Takamori (voice) (as Gentarô Ishida)
Yuriko Yamamoto ... Chico / Julie Rochelle (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Andô Shouzan (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Shingo (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Sanpei (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Sam (voice)
Takashi Ebata Takashi Ebata ... Captain Drasnic (voice)
Takashi Toyama Takashi Toyama ... Tokachi Hanzô (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shirô Amakusa Shirô Amakusa ... Elder (voice)
Yoshie Asai Yoshie Asai ... Tsuyu (voice)
Lanny Broyles Lanny Broyles ... Fujibayashi Genjiro (voice)
Bill Calhoun Bill Calhoun ... Shingo (voice)
Jerry Davidson Jerry Davidson ... Indian Chief (voice)
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Storyline

An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's revenge attempts start off a trail of assassinations and ninja swords fights spanning from Hokaido, Alaska to California where Tien-Hei's secrets gradually unfold. The revenge road leads to a climactic battle with Tien-Hei on the fall of Japan's Shogun-era. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade of Kamui See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Ainu portrayed in the film are an indigenous people who primarily live in Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island. Up until the late 19th century, both the Ainu and Hokkaido were referred to as Ezo. See more »

Goofs

During the title shot, the title of the movie is shown first in English, and then in Japanese calligraphy. In the English title, the word "dagger" is misspelled as "daggar". See more »

Quotes

Jiro: Sam!
Sam: Yes, Master!
Jiro: Stop calling me "Master".
Sam: Yes, Master!
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Alternate Versions

Previously released in the U.S. in English dubbed format as Revenge of the Ninja Warrior (with over 40 minutes cut from the original film). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Megazone 23 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Kamui no Komoriuta
(Kamui's Lullaby)
Lyrics by Yôko Aki
Music by Ryûdô Uzaki
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Performed by Noriko Watanabe
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Flawed but highly entertaining.....
12 May 2012 | by CurtHerzstarkSee all my reviews

I haven't read the original manga series that this film is based on so I don't know how close the film is to its original source.

The story is simple, young Jirô gets his family killed, falsely accused of the murders and starts investigating into who and why his family was murdered.

He quickly realizes that he is a foundling and the people responsible for the killings has very dangerous agenda.

This film is basically a action melodrama where the director/screenwriter tries to fit in as much storyline as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Therefore the viewer served a very long, confusing, erratic storyline that sometimes doesn't make any sense at all. Political intrigues that hardly gets explained(yes I saw the 132 min with original audio), characters that comes and goes without explanation.

Something must have been edited out, is there a TV -series version somewhere? Who knows.....

But the action sequences are very visually striking and surreal, as if the animators wants to capture the fleeting moment of combat(or if they all were high on drugs which would explain the bad storyline) that split second when you enter a duel and only one can survive.

Personally I prefer Jûbê ninpûchô/Ninja Scroll (1993), Rurouni Kenshin (2000), Samurai chanpurû/Samurai Champloo(2004–2005) etc but this should be seen by future viewers because of the amazing fighting sequences.

Remember that this film was made in 1985, and the animation in some cases still holds up.


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