Stranger: Mukou Hadan

Sword of the Stranger

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ストレンヂア -無皇刃譚-
English: Sword of the Stranger
German: Sword of the Stranger
Spanish: Sword of the Stranger: El Samurai sin Nombre
French: Sword of the Stranger
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2007
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.261 (scored by 162454162,454 users)
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Ranked: #2962
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Popularity: #693
Members: 328,258
Favorites: 2,975

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In the Sengoku period of Japan, a young orphan named Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru steal from unsuspecting villagers in order to make ends meet. However, Kotarou is forced to remain on the run when he finds himself being hunted down by assassins sent by China's Ming Dynasty for mysterious reasons not involving his petty crimes.

Fortunately, the duo run into Nanashi, a ronin who has taken refuge in a small temple, when Kotarou is attacked and Tobimaru poisoned. Although the samurai saves the helpless pair from their pursuers, he feels that there is no need to help them further; but when offered a gem in exchange for his services as a bodyguard, he reluctantly accepts Kotarou's offer of employment—just until Tobimaru is healed and the two reach their destination. As the three set out on a perilous journey, it soon becomes evident that their path is riddled with danger, as the Ming Dynasty has now sent a terrifying swordsman after them to capture Kotarou and fulfill a certain prophecy.

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Stranger: Mukou Hadan won the award for Best Animated Feature at Brazil's International Fantastic Film Festival and was nominated for the same categories at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. It also won the 2009 "Menzione Speciale" recognition at Italy's Future Film Festival.

The film wasn't nominated to the Oscars, but it was amongst the 14 finalists for consideration to the Best Animated Feature Award; however, the final nominees were WALL-E, Bolt and Kung Fu Panda.

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Houki, Katsuhisa

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Tasaka, Hidemasa
Assistant Producer
Andou, Masahiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


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Nov 29, 2023
Title: Sword of the Stranger - A Masterclass in Action Anime Cinema

Rating: 10/10

Sword of the Stranger, directed by Masahiro Ando and produced by Studio BONES, is an anime film that excels on multiple fronts, delivering a thrilling narrative, stunning animation, and memorable characters. Released in 2007, this movie stands as a testament to the prowess of Japanese animation in the action genre.

Storyline (10/10):
Set in feudal Japan during the Sengoku period, Sword of the Stranger follows Kotaro, a young boy on the run, and Nanashi, a ronin with a mysterious past, as they become unlikely companions. The narrative unfolds against a backdrop of political intrigue and ...
Aug 11, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Decent story, decent animation. It was a decent watch. Nothing special. I have seen other reviews and they talked about the big budget this movie had. My main complaint as a chinese/mandarin speaker was the subpar translation, throwing me off many times. The voice actors seemed to have decided that getting the right tonation and words for the film was too much of an effort so they just threw in gibberish. Given the large budget of the film, I had hoped that they would have at least done some research into the chinese language and culture. Other than that, it was a fine movie.
Sep 8, 2023
Story (4/10): The problem with a lot of Samurai stories in anime is encapsulated here in my opinion.
Always adding an unnecessary part of weird fiction, constant style over essence and such — I would recommend watching the much better Kenshin OAV that is so far the most interesting samurai animated movie we’ve had and it is much older.

Voice Acting(1/10): As a Chinese speaker, albeit not an expert one, the voice acting for mandarin was beyond subpar — not even talking about tones it just sounded wrong and the Blu-Ray has a warning before the start of the movie saying that the author purposely pushed the ...

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