Title:Sword of the Stranger
Also Called:Stranger: Mukou Hadan | ストレンヂア -無皇刃譚-
Released on year:2019
During the tumultuous Sengoku period of Japan, a resilient young orphan named Kotarou and his loyal companion, Tobimaru, rely on cunning and stealth to sustain their meager existence. Unbeknownst to them, their lives take a dramatic turn when relentless assassins from China's Ming Dynasty set their sights on the innocent Kotarou, driven by enigmatic motives that surpass his mere petty crimes. Fortunately, amid the chaos, fate entwines their destinies with Nanashi, a stoic ronin who has sought refuge within the hallowed confines of a humble temple. Witnessing Kotarou's peril and Tobimaru's affliction, the honorable samurai intervenes, ensuring their survival and granting them a temporary respite. Though initially unmoved, Nanashi's resolve weakens when presented with an irresistible proposition: a precious gem, exchanged for his protection until Tobimaru regains vitality and the duo reaches their intended destination. With their pact forged, the three unlikely companions embark on an arduous odyssey, their path brimming with treacherous obstacles. Unbeknownst to them, the Ming Dynasty dispatches a spine-chilling swordsman, relentless in his mission to capture Kotarou and fulfill a profound prophecy. As danger lurks at every turn, their journey becomes an exhilarating dance with fate, where survival hinges upon their ability to navigate the intricate web of intrigues that binds them. Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure as the Sengoku era unfurls its secrets, weaving a tapestry of courage, survival, and enigmatic prophecies. Join Kotarou, Tobimaru, and Nanashi on a quest that will test their mettle and forge bonds that transcend the boundaries of time.
The acclaimed anime film, Mukou Hadan, achieved remarkable success in the international film circuit. This masterpiece triumphed as the recipient of the prestigious Best Animated Feature award at Brazil's International Fantastic Film Festival. Additionally, it garnered well-deserved nominations at the illustrious Asia Pacific Screen Awards, solidifying its status as an iconic animated film. Furthermore, the movie received esteemed recognition at Italy's Future Film Festival, earning the coveted "Menzione Speciale" distinction in 2009. Although not among the final nominees at the esteemed Oscars, Mukou Hadan stood out as one of the top 14 contenders for the highly sought-after Best Animated Feature Award, alongside acclaimed films such as WALL-E, Bolt, and Kung Fu Panda. Its enthralling narrative and exceptional animation captivated audiences worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the realm of animated cinema.