Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger

Bandai Entertainment
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Original Name  ストレンヂア 無皇刃譚
Official Release Date Jun 16, 2009
Director Masahiro Ando
Audio Dolby TrueHD 5.1 ch Dialogue
Language Japanese, English
Subtitles English
Running Time 102 Minutes
Genre Animation
Version  US
  MPAA PG-13
Parents strongly cautioned - Some material might be inappropriate for children under 13 years of age.
PAX-Code PAX0002628030
Item Code  0669198200106


  • Screened nationwide in 360 theaters in collaboration with NCM Fathom Events
  • Marketing efforts generated nearly 10 million impressions
  • Submitted to A.M.P.A.S. for Oscar® Nomination Consideration
  • Directorial Debut of Masahiro Ando (Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door)
  • From Studio BONES (Eureka Seven, Full Metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Ouran Host High School Club, Angelic Layer, Ghost Slayers Ayashi, Wolf’s Rain)


What qualifies a man as good or evil? Is it the amount of political power one attains, the quality of his swordsmanship or how well he serves his lord? With the fall of the second shogunate Japan has sunk into a state of disarray historians now call the Sengoku period, or the era of Warring States. Civil wars rage on throughout the many feudal holdings, where a man may raise his station in life simply by killing his superior.

Whilst wandering this war torn country side a nameless ronin stumbles upon a young boy by the name of Kotaro, his dog and the many Chinese assassins dispatched to claim the boy in some strange ritual for immortality. Seeing something of his own past within the child, the nameless swordsman chooses to act as his bodyguard but can he truly keep Kotaro from the clutches of the Ming and their bloodthirsty blonde mercenary, Luo-Lang?


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thumbs (6) on 05, Oct. 2009 03:10 (HKT)
Excellent film
Wasn't too sure what to expect of this but it turned out to be an excellent piece of entertainment.
All aspects of the animation are top notch, the characters are well rounded and the action is visceral.
Highly recommended for all you anime fans.
Oh and the quality on bluray is stunning, I highly recommend this film.
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