Movie (1 ep x 9 min)
2.936 out of 5 from 200 votes
Rank #3,231

A wandering samurai, in his travels through the forest, runs across a straw man with a majestic sword stuck into it. He takes the sword and feels within him a surge of great power – a power that soon begins to distort his mind and soul. The samurai continues to wander, striking down straw men in his wake; but what is really going on, and what will happen to the samurai?

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sothis's avatar by sothis on May 11, 2008
Score: 7/10

Osamu Tezuka's short film Muramasa seems like nothing special at first glance. The animation is overly simplistic and grainy, the audio is a bit underwhelming, and the premise seems ordinary; however, the outstanding twist that follows makes Muramasa an absolute must-see.At only nine minutes in length, it's nearly impossible to go into details when discussing Muramasa's story. Let's... read more

Theta's avatar by Theta on Apr 6, 2012
Score: 9.5/10

The short film format is perhaps the most difficult.  To create a world, convey a story and to leave the user wanting more while at the same time giving them a sense of the story being resolved is a difficult proposition in 90 minutes, much less 8 minutes (the run time of Muramasa.)  That is precisely what Muramasa does.   Story: 10 There isn't much story you can fit in 8... read more



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