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Dororo

1 rating: 3.0
Art House & International movie directed by Akihiko Shiota

In an age of epic samurai battles, one warrior must hunt down and destroy powerful demonic forces to reclaim his humanity and uncover the secret of his father’s betrayal. Based on the classic story by legendary Japanese manga (comic book) pioneer … see full wiki

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Director: Akihiko Shiota
Genre: Foreign
1 review about Dororo

Bizarre but entertaining story depicting horrors of war - and of the demon-slaying monster who wants to become a real boy

  • Feb 17, 2010
Rating:
+3
A warlord on the brink of defeat pledges the life of his son to 48 demons, in exchange for the power to subdue his enemies. The scavenged boy, now a bare soul in a lump of flesh, is saved by a shaman, who constructs body parts for him from the bodies of young children destroyed in battle, and commits him to avenge their souls by struggling against war. He must also win back his body parts from the 48 demons who have taken them in order to become flesh and wreak havoc. Along the way he meets a nameless thief, a young woman who was also abandoned at childhood, when the warlord killed her parents. What follows is an unusual love story and revenge tale that turns into a quest for redemption, with a bunch of fun swordplay with inventive, if also a bit silly, Yokai-style demons. The bloody explosions that ensued when a demon was destroyed, combined with the sometimes hokey but always unusual costumes of the demons, reminded me a bit of old school horror like The Evil Dead, but with a major Japanese twist, and a bit of CGI thrown in there for some of the more unusual effects. It's unintentionally funny at times, and maybe takes itself too seriously, but it's fun to watch and has a number of intriguing twists in a storyline that is mostly successful in avoiding cliche. I wouldn't call this a masterpiece, but it was a lot of fun to watch.

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