Sword of the Stranger Review — B+

This is a movie that was recommended to me by my Secret Santa. So thank you to my Secret Santa for the great recommendation, and to Reverse Thieves for organizing the Secret Santa!

Sword of the Stranger is a movie about a stranger with a sword.

I’ve been hearing about Sword of the Stranger for years, but had never gotten around to watching it. From the premise, it just doesn’t sound particularly interesting. “The scary-looking swordsman with a heart of gold protects an innocent child from the meany-faces.” I feel like I’ve seen this movie before.

And, well, I probably have. The first half of the movie was very well done, but I wouldn’t call it remarkable. It’s simple but entertaining. It does one thing very well that made it keep my interest; namely, watching the little kid trying and failing to be a tough guy in front of the swordsman twice his size. This was consistently fun to watch.

But it was the second half of the movie that I found particularly memorable.

WARNING: SPOILERS In one beautiful, protracted battle scene, all the characters developed in the first half of the movie casually die pathetic, pointless deaths one after another. It was hilarious. A memorable illustration of the futility of war. END SPOILERS

In summary, it was a good movie that I would also recommend. Thanks again to my Secret Santa for the suggestion!

  • Storytelling – B – Loved the ending, the first half was decent.
  • Voice – B – Memorable, but not the most unique voice.
  • Characters – B – Liked the little kid, the rest were meh. Also nice doggie.
  • Attention Grab – A – Kept my attention throughout
  • Production – B – Looks good. Excellent fight scenes.
  • Overall – B+

Recommendations – Seirei no Moribito

4 thoughts on “Sword of the Stranger Review — B+

  1. yeah the last part was a lot of fun. I liked how most of the non-western “normal people” just died like flies for the most part without anybody giving a shit
    the rest was solid enough I guess but forgettable

  2. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    I was sweating bullets the whole season. After being my secret Santa in 2011 and recommending Noein, Figure 17, and Simoun to me – I was hoping that I could return the favor and pick something you’d like.

    1. I loved it, thanks! I have also wanted to watch Michiko to Hatchin for years, I need to find the time. Kurozuka looks like I’d like it too. 🙂

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