Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wasteland Wednesday: Dagger of Kamui Laserdisc

The Dagger of Kamui on laserdisc from AnimEigo. This was the subtitled version. While it would have been nice for AnimEigo to include a dub, it's for the best they didn't since the English version (released only to VHS) was heavily edited with over 20 minutes cut out (and it was retitled Revenge of the Ninja Warrior). 

The LD cover is a gatefold, so there's a decent amount of informative liner notes included, along with the English lyrics to the songs featured in the film.

A fun film with great animation. It really had that 'epic' feel to it (watch for the Mark Twain cameo!) and the traditional cel animation is beautifully detailed. Also, fans of Japanese martial arts flicks will be interested to know that The Dagger of Kamui features the voice of Hiroyuki Sanada (Henry Sanada), who trained under Sonny Chiba's Japan Action Club and starred in numerous films in the '80s like Legend of the Eight Samurai (Satomi Hakkenden). He;s recently been in a bunch of American films like The Last Samurai, Speed Racer, Wolverine, and 47 Ronin.

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