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 159523159,523 users)
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Ranked: #2852
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Popularity: #677
Members: 321,510
Favorites: 2,923

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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Mu Mao

Mizusawa, Fumie

Inui, Juurouta

Miyano, Mamoru

Itadori, Shougen

Ootsuka, Akio

Huo Chou

Houki, Katsuhisa

Yue Shen

Aizawa, Masaki


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


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May 5, 2008
Sword of the Stranger is both unusual and refreshing in the way that it seemed to come out of nowhere and prove to be a remarkable anime. It seems, lately, that anything warranting a large budget and a lot of effort from a studio is either a sequel, an adaptation based on a successful manga or novel, or the next dull addition to a creatively stagnant franchise. None of these things, Sword of the Stranger is an unexpected big-budget film, which leapt instantly to the forefront of my favoured anime movies with exhilarating action sequences, captivating visuals, raw, evocative music and simple but affective characterisation. ...
Apr 17, 2008
Wow. This movie has left me nearly speechless. There are scenes in it that are shocking, jaw-dropping, amazing...if you haven't seen this movie yet, and you like action movies, with a good plot, solid characters, and the best action sequences I've ever seen in an anime, then beg, borrow, stea---er, do whatever you can to get your hands on it. You won't regret it. Take my word for it.

I guess I could just say that and be done, but if you're not convinced yet, I'll pimp it some more.

Story - typical action stuff, set in historical Japan, but has twists enough in the plot to ...
Sep 5, 2009
Stranger is first and foremost an action movie. Because the meat and potatoes don’t lie primarily with the plot, its straightforward and very typical “unlikely hero” premise is forgivable. A wandering swordsman reluctantly agrees to protect a child from an elite Chinese expedition. The local feudal lord joins the pursuit, stacking the odds further against the protagonists.

By no means am I implying that the story is bland. The web of tangled motives creates conflicts between the feudal government and the Chinese, and also internal conflicts within each group. There’s plenty of plot movement here to justify a feature length film ...

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