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The Dagger of Kamui (1985) (called Kamui no Ken in Japan) is a movie based on the novel series by author Tetsu Yano. The film is animated by Japan's Madhouse Production, Ltd and Toei Animation Co. Ltd. and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999, Genma Taisen, Neo-Tokyo, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Metropolis). It is written by Mamoru Mazaki with character designs by Moriyoshi Murano. Takuo Noda (Great Space Dragon Gaiking, Arrow Emblem: Hawk of the Grand Prix) directed the animation, and the music was composed by Ryuudoh Uzaki and Eitetsu Hayashi. It has been released on VHS and DVD by Animeigo. See also: 1984 in film, other events of 1985, 1986 in film, list of years in film. Events Top grossing films Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple... Yano Tetsu (Japanese 矢野徹; December 10, 1923–October 13, 2004) was a Japanese science-fiction translator and writer. ... Madhouse Production is a Japanese animation studio. ... Toei Animation (東映アニメーション Tōei Animēshon) is a Japanese Animation (anime) studio owned by the Toei Company. ... Rintaro is the pseudonym of Hayashi Shigeyuki (January 22, 1941 - ), a director of anime. ... Viz Communications North American editions of the second Galaxy Express 999 manga. ... Akira DVD cover Akira (Japanese アキラ) is a manga and 1988 anime movie by Katsuhiro Otomo. ... Top view VHS cassette with US Quarter for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, better known by its acronym VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some of its critical technology under lucrative... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... AnimEigo is an American licensor and distributor, within the United States and Canada, of Japanese anime such as Urusei Yatsura, Oh My Goddess! and Kimagure Orange Road. ...


Plot

The movie follows the life of Jiro, a young foundling boy raised by a kindly inn-keeper and her daughter in the town of Sai on the Shimokita Peninsula during the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate, several years before the start of Japan's Meiji Restoration. One evening, a lone shinobi (or ninja) appears out of the darkness and kills Jiro's adoptive mother and sister while the boy was away. When he returns home, he finds their dead bodies, a strange dagger and a whole host of angry villagers who blame him for killing his family. Jiro escapes into the night with the dagger and meets with a buddhist monk called Tenkai who works for the Shogunate as an Oniwaban (or Guardian). Knowing full well what happened and filling Jiro's head with lies about the incident, Tenkai takes the boy face-to-face with the man who supposedly killed his family — a man who recognizes the boy as his son, though Jiro has no recollection of the man. Tenkai's subordinates, a powerful group of Shinobi had the man, Tarouza, surrounded, missing an arm and severely wounded when Tenkai tells Jiro to settle the score and deliver the killing blow. Afterwards, his entire village is set ablaze and the villagers slaughtered to cover up the incident. Tenkai then takes Jiro in and has his subordinate Shingo train him in the ways of Ninja so that one day, he may learn of his father. Tenkai quickly dispatches Shingo to follow Jiro and make sure he stays to the same path as Tarouza, Jiro's late father. Child abandonment or the practice of abandoning ones offspring outside of legal adoption is a long standing social ill. ... A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ... The Meiji Restoration (明治維新; Meiji Ishin), also known as the Meiji Ishin, Revolution or Renewal, was a chain of events that led to a change in Japans political and social structure. ... In feudal Japan, ninja or shinobi (literally, one who is concealed, or one that endures) were sometimes assassins and agents of espionage. ... Statues of Buddha such as this, the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong, remind followers to practice right living. ... This page is about the Japanese ruler and military rank. ...


As Jiro travels in search of answers to the mystery of his family line, he comes across a group of men beating up an old Ainu man. The old man's son, Uraka implores Jiro's help and he quickly dispatches the punks. Unable to save the old man, Jiro and Uraka escape to Uraka's home village of Shinopirika-Kotan. The village elder recognizes the dagger as the Dagger of Kamui and that it was originally the family treasure of the village chief but, was given to a japanese ninja who married an Ainu woman. The Elder tells Jiro that they had a son who was sent away down the river. The woman no longer lives in the village and has moved up river. Jiro, still in his quest for answers comes to find that this woman is his true mother and while talking with her, he comes to learn that his father had indeed been a Shinobi under the command of Tenkai. Tenkai manipulated Tarouza into trying to find a treasure large enough to bolster the Shogunate in its failing years, enough so that they could keep themselves in power. Tarouza was unwilling to cooperate and fled to Shinopirika-Kotan where he met Jiro's mother, Oyaruru, daughter of the village chief. They had a son together, Jiro, and when Tenkai and his men caught up with them, Jiro was sent away down river to protect him from Tenkai and Tarouza was thought killed while Oyaruru looked on. During their evening meal, without ever noticing, both Jiro and Oyaruru take in a paralysis potion through the food and Oyaruru is killed with the Dagger of Kamui, implicating Jiro in her murder. Imprisoned according to village law, Uraka returns to help Jiro who finally understands that Tenkai has been manipulating him and the time for revenge is at hand. Revelation after revelation is revealed until the final climax: a bloody showdown between Tenkai and Jiro. The movie is very accurate in its depictions of pre-Meiji Japan, Russia, and America and deals directly with historical events such as the Boushin War, and historical figures such as Saigou Takamori and Mark Twain. For Ainu in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Arda, see Ainur. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has news related to this article: United States United States government Official website of the United States government - Gateway to governmental sites White House - Official site of the US President Senate. ... Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a famous and popular American humorist, writer and lecturer. ...


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AAW: The Dagger of Kamui Review (1725 words)
Left with nothing but the dagger he found by the body of his foster mother--the Dagger of Kamui--Jiro is taken in by Tenkai, the head of a powerful ninja clan and a an evil Buddhist monk.
The Dagger of Kamui is a true anime classic, a historical epic full of action, intertwined fates, interesting characters, and subtle mysticism.
I would go so far as to say the Dagger of Kamui is the ultimate ninja movie, not because of its spectacular violence or the protagonists' feats of stealth (though it has some of both), but because of its combination of grand scale, artistry, and down-to-earth human connection.
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