Dororo (2007)

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The hero, Hyakkimaru is a wandering "demon hunter" whose extra body parts - 48 to be exact - were grafted onto his head and trunk by a herb doctor who discovered him as an infant, in a process that echoes "Frankenstein" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." His warlord father gave the originals to 48 demons in exchange for power. When Hyakkimaru kills a demon, he wins back a body part.
He read moreis spotted in one of these battles, with a giant spider demon, by Dororo, a scrappy female thief who is fascinated by not only Hyakkimaru's prowess with the sword blade poking out of his arm but the new leg he grows after dicing his opponent. Is he a man - or a monster? After hearing his story from an old minstrel, she decides to join him on his travels and find out for herself.
Dororo dresses, talks and swaggers like a guy, but she obviously has more than a matey interest in this strange, fearsome but good-looking bionic warrior. It is an interest that she hides with a bluster that makes the grim-visaged Hyakkimaru smile. What really bonds them, however, are their various battles with demons. Dororo proves herself a fearless ally - if one inclined to get into trouble at awkward moments. But Hyakkimaru decides he must go it alone when he finally encounters his most relentless enemy, his own father. Meanwhile, Dororo realizes that her pal is the son of the man who killed her father and left her an orphan. Is this end of a beautiful friendship?

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Jan 17, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
An action movie combinated with a starting relationship between two "lone wolves". I was really suprised by this film.

The setting is not to dark (no horror!) there also are some quite funny moments. The developing relationship between the two main protagonists is influenced by their unexperience in relation to living together with other persons.

The fighting scenes are well performed and exciting.

The music is in some scenes strange, if you read more see the film you will learn what I mean. But it's not bad.

Finally I have to say that Shibasaki Kou is awesome as Dororo and Tsumabuki Satoshi does a good job aswell. He shows the human side of a revenge thirsty killer and let the viewer feel the pain of his life very well.
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Apr 20, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Honestly, Dororo felt like fan-service carried over from Orange Days (hey look, Eita!). Storywise... there really wasn't much... For the most part we just follow our hero slaying monsters by day and acting emo by night. The CGI is also horrible and felt cheap to look at. But if you could look past the horrible CGI (and it took me two tries + immense love for both Satoshi and Kou) then what read more you will have is just pure zanny action fun.

The highlight for me was definitely seeing Satoshi and Kou working together again and this time having Kou running after him.

Overall probably best watched with a group of friends to laugh at the horrible special effects together, and remember to chuck your brain out the door first.
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both movies are an adaption from mangas and in the action / thriller genre
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From what I can tell It's from the same era, and the story/characters are somewhat similar to each other. Dororo might have a slight different genre, tipping more over to fantasy and may seem a bit ridicolus at times, but still has a great cast.
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    Revalina Mariana May 22, 2017


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    HAMEX Apr 26, 2017

    Sure the CG was very rough, but set aside it. As a fan of japanese youkai stories, i quite like it.

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    Taylor Jun 23, 2016

    Absolutely loved it when I watched it years ago<3
    Been waiting for a sequel for years :(
    *sigh* There probably won't be one .

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    peacewon Mar 18, 2016 - edited

    From being Manga based, I know how hard those special effects can be. Some were really perfect, others terribly cheesy, but overall the movie was worth a watch. Loved the Satoshi and Eita visuals. S Kou was also awesome in her portrayal. Best female portrayal I have seen in a really long time. Not a split personality, very steady throughout the movie.

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    Mei86 Nov 27, 2014

    If only the directing and the special effects were better, this movie would have got a 9\10 from me. I just like these quest stories with a great deal of fantasy. and I so much liked Dororo's character, Shibasaki Kou is really awesome!. what I also liked about the movie is seeing Tsumabuki Satoshi being badass and the unexpected reunion of Orange days cast. And it got me a nostalgic feeling for the 80s movies like Willow and Legend. But God, that thing about babies parts was the most creepy thing I witnessed in a movie, well I at least as much as I can remember. The special effects ruined the movie for me in some points, especially in the demons scenes, It's like they had the budget for the casting and the settings but they ran out of money when it came to the CGI parts. well, I guess it was meant to be like a tokusatsu movie from the nineties, maybe.

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    Cheer May 25, 2013

    Despite the fact that this movie had a stupid storyline and terrible special effect, I enjoyed it. It has action, historical elements and some gender bender moments so if you're looking for something different to watch then try this.

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    Betty20 Dec 20, 2012

    This movie was kind of silly and the special effects were sometimes really lame but nevertheless I really loved this movie lol

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    Weirdestone Jul 19, 2012 - edited

    Pretty good... Wonder if there with be a Dororo 2 or even a 3?


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    Jan 6, 2007
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    2 hr. 19 min.


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