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 is 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?
Cast & Credits
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 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.
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.