Sword of the Stranger

Dir: Masahiro Ando
Cast: Tomoya Nagase, Yuri Chinen, Naoto Takenaka, Koichi Yamadera
102mins   2007   Japan   15   Japanese    Subtitled   

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 anime 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.


Screened as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema.

Programme includes:

Sing My Life (Ayashi kanojo) UK première

Japan Now Special Strand: Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga son na wo shiranai toritachi) UK première

Where I Belong (Shabondama) UK première

Joy of Man’s Desiring (Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo) UK première

Sword of the Stranger (Stranger mukohadan)


Please note: Screen time has changed from previously advertised


Sat 3 March