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 165132165,132 users)
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Ranked: #3072
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Popularity: #708
Members: 334,242
Favorites: 3,002

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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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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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Feb 19, 2024
In "Sword of the Stranger," a lone ronin, Nanashi, finds himself drawn into a perilous journey when he agrees to protect a young boy named Kotarou pursued by mysterious enemies. As their bond deepens amidst breathtaking sword fights and intricate plots, they must confront their pasts and fight for their futures in a stunning tale of honor and sacrifice.
Or one of those movies are forgotten gold.

Story 8/10
The storyline has a good flow and strong structure. It follows both characters in a good manner and helps understand them and get to know them well despite the short period of a hour and a ...
Mar 26, 2024
Mixed Feelings
A solid movie, it's not bad but it's not great either. It's a decent piece of work that entertains enough for you to enjoy the film. The animation and music are the best things about the film.
The characters do not fully develop, they are rather flat and the pace of the story is too slow for my taste.

The plot is good, several political actors involved, several interests at stake, but its potential is wasted, the interactions between the main characters are weak, the princess/queen does not appear.
For the rest, the duels and fights we want to see are there.
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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