Sasuke is a young boy living in a forest with his sister. Surrounded by friendly wild animals, one day one of them is captured and devoured by a sorceress. Set on defeating this evil magician, Sasuke leaves his home and begins a journey in order to acquire ninja skills powerful enough to confront her.
Historically-wise, Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke is the first exported Japanese animated film and you immediately see how the west rushed to make changes in order to hide some oriental features. They changed the hero’s profession from a ninja to a samurai, because back then a ninja in the west was just a ruthless assassin and not fit for a children’s movie protagonist. Then they changed the title of the... read more
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