Sword of the Stranger

Alt titles: Blade of the Stranger, Stranger -Mukou Hadan-

Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
4.447 out of 5 from 7,695 votes
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Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?

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VivisQueen's avatar by VivisQueen on Aug 28, 2008
Score: 6.5/10

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It's a real shame that Stranger - Mukou Hadan is regularly compared to Seirei no Moribito; it means that, all the while I was watching, I couldn't help noticing how deficient Stranger is in comparison. Although it starts off fairly strong with an action-packed opening sequence and a character dynamic that is full of promise, it fails to keep that level of quality and becomes progressively weaker... read more

RoyalOss's avatar by RoyalOss on Aug 10, 2014
Score: 9.9/10

This is the first movie Ive watched which isnt connected to some anime series.
The movies I watched were never as good as the series itself while I didnt even find of the series even top notch. The movies were usually additions to the series or some filler material. So I found this movie really enjoying, it contained a beginning, ending and wasnt just some filler material. Story/Characters
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