Japan Week Film Season: Sword of the Stranger
The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme returns in 2018 with an enlightening showcase of Japanese cinema through the narrative framework of “secrets and lies”, a theme both universal and prevalent in world cinema.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
Sword of the Stranger
In feudal era Japan, young Kotaro is pursued by the royal army of China’s Ming Dynasty. When his loyal dog Tobimaru is injured in an ambush, Kotaru reluctantly recruits a mysterious, nameless samurai as his bodyguard. However, “No-name” has a guilty past and his own inner demons to battle.
A classic animation which celebrates its tenth anniversary, this breath-taking and thrilling action anime features stunningly animated fight scenes and is produced by Studio Bones, the legendary animators behind Fullmetal Alchemist and Cowboy Bebop.
Directed by Masahiro Ando, 2007, 102 min, English subtitles
For tickets, please contact the Macrobert Arts Centre Box Office.
The University of Stirling thanks The Japan Foundation for its support of Japan Week 2018.