Sword of the Stranger

Alt title: Stranger -Mukou Hadan-

Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
4.441 of 5 from 10,273 votes
Rank #114

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

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

randoface's avatar by randoface on Sep 5, 2014
Score 10/10

I wish you could put a value over 10 for the animation in this movie because DAYUM. Some of the best fighting sequences I have EVER seen, and hands down the highest quality consistent animation I've seen in a while. Definitely one of my top favourite movies of all time, animation or not. Also I appreciated the unique integration of Chinese and Japanese with the voice acting. Amazing!!! read more



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