Shot in New Zealand, action directed by Hong Kong. An unconventional, globally-created historical action fantasy epic.
Kagemitsu Daigo offers his soon-to-be-born son to devils in exchange for power to rule the war-torn world. 20 years later, thief Dororo meets young man Hyakkimaru in a desert town. With bewitched swords implanted in both arms, Hyakkimaru was the baby that Kagemitsu abandoned. The manga masterpiece by Osamu Tezuka was materialized as an epic entertainment film with Tony Ching Siu-Tung "Shaolin Soccer" as action choreographer and shooting on location in New Zealand. Starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Ko Shibasaki, the film became a massive hit in the box office. With globally minded storytelling and characters, Dororo stands out amongst its competition as a history film from the 2000s.
Director Akihiko Shiota
Actor Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Eita, Tetta Sugimoto, Kumiko Aso, Anna Tsuchiya, Gekidan Hitori, Mieko Harada, Katsuo Nakamura, Yoshio Harada, Kiichi Nakai
Japan｜ 2007｜ 138min｜ ｜
Akihiko Shiota [Film Director]
Shiota was born in 1961 in Kyoto. In 1998, he made his theatrical debut with Moonlight Whispers and Don’t Look Back which were both officially selected for Locarno International Film Festival. His 2001 film Harmful Insect starring Aoi Miyazaki was screened at the Venice International Film Festival and later won the Special Jury Award and Best Actress at Festival des 3 Continents. Yomigaeri (2003) and Dororo (2007) became huge hits, both earning more than 3 billion yen at the box office. Recent works of his include Farewell Song (2019) and The World with Maki (2022). He is also the author of Eigajutsu: Sono Enshutsuwa Naze Hitono Kokorowo Tsukamunoka (East Press).
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