Y’know when you see a sort of introduction for a film and you think “that sounds kinda cool”, and then you hear some more about the synopsis and you’re thinking “ok that’s pretty weird”, and then when you finally see some of the actual film it’s like “wow. That’s not what I was expecting.” But it’s too late and now you just have to see it? That’s like me and どろろ.
Dororo (どろろ) is a Japanese family film directed by Akihiko Shiota, adapted from a 1960s manga by Osamu Tezuka, the artist who created Astroboy. Dororo is a girl thief who was raised as a boy, and she meets Hyakkimaru, a young samurai who is searching for and destroying 48 demons. Why 48? Well! Because becasue before Hyakkimaru was born his father made a deal with the demons – trading 48 of his unborn son’s body parts for victory and power. Dororo travels with Hyakkimaru as he seeks out the demons, each time he vanquishes one of them he regains a part of his body.
I have a theory about why the scariest and craziest movies come from Japan – because as children they love weird freaky stories! While they’re watching heros fight giant spiders to regain their stolen limbs I was watching Winnie-the-Pooh! No wonder I turned out so soft. This one sounds really neat though and I’m looking forward to watching it. The DVD is being released here in New Zealand on July 10th, it’ll be in Japanese with English subtitles and I’m gunna get it out! Yay! (I’ll let you know what I think ^-~) Since I’ve already decided to watch it I don’t think I’ll watch any of the trailers, but if you would like to then you can do so at the film’s official website. For a longer synopsis see the New York Asian Film Festival page about Dororo here.