Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dororo the Movie

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Dororo has been made into a live-action film starring Kou Shibasaki and Satoshi Tsumabuki and directed by Akihiko Shiota. It was filmed in New Zealand and is currently available on DVD in Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom. Universal Pictures picked up the US rights, while MVM Films have the UK rights. The film's storyline has some major differences from that of the manga, most notably Dororo being a young woman, as envisioned in the video game, assuming the identity of a man. In spite of others seeing through her brash and often violent exterior, Dororo rarely concedes to her true emotions and refuses to be a "proper" woman. Hyakkimaru is also younger than his namesake in the manga, and less bitter about his circumstances, as well.
When her father was killed by Daigo when he attempted to call the warlord out, a girl and her mother escaped into the wilderness. At her mother's dying request, in order to carry on her father's insurmountable vendatta against Daigo, the girl takes on a man's identity and grows up without a permanent home or any friends. As a result, she become a thief to make a living. Throughout her life, she'd denied any name, citing that the best thieves never revealed their names as doing so meant they could be hunted and arrested. Only after travelling with Hyakkimaru did she decide to take on the name "Dororo", as that name had been one of many that Hyakkimaru had acquired during his previous travels. Although Hyakkimaru explained it as meaning "Little Monster," she felt that it suited her better while Hyakkimaru suited him.

Satoshi Tsumabuki as Hyakkimaru Kô Shibasaki as Dororo
Kiichi Nakai as Kagemitsu Daigo Yoshio Harada as Jukai



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