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Kai Doh Maru
A brief (43 minute) drama set in 894 A.D., Kai Doh Maru is an eerie mixture of history and supernatural fantasy. After her uncle usurped the family domain, Princess Kintoki was raised as a boy-warrior under the tutelage of the elegant Lord Raiko and the other stalwart Knights of Kyo. Pitted against the Knights is the Oheyama gang, led by the icy Princess Ohni and her crazed assassin Ibaragi. Ohni retains her childhood love for Kintoki, apparently unaware of her gender. American audiences unfamiliar with the intrigues of the Heian Court and the rise of the Fujiwara clan will find the story puzzling, just as many Japanese viewers would be lost at a stylized production of The Crucible. Kai Doh Maru is a strikingly handsome film that uses computer graphics to suggest the look of antique Japanese art filmed through gauze. (Unrated: suitable for ages 15 and older: considerable violence) --Charles Solomon
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So, somewhat disapointed by a studio that was aiming at a great initial start with Blood, but failed to carry on their innovative edge.
Why was this dvd awful? The same people that created Kai Dah Maru created Blood The Last Vampire. That movie was too short. The storyline was very simple so that its brevity didn't interfere with the enjoyment of it that much. The same does not hold true for this movie. You have all these complex intrigues and assasinations and backstory and presentstory and you're cramming it into 45 minutes. Think of any anime series ending after its second episode and you'll understand the problem here. I am not ignorant of Japanese history but I really never understood what was going on in this story. You really can't even figure out who is who character-wise until the show is over. It's like they were trying to do Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the space of 20 minutes. Truly awful. No development.
In addition to the shortness of the feature, the animation was sorry. I know by reading the cover that the palette was supposed to be influenced by the art of the time period and all this seasonal blah blah blah. What you get is the effect of watching the entire anime through a fog.Read more ›
The style of animation that they used was truly amazing, this is the thing I liked most about this movie. I think that IG Plus / Production IG team did a great job of capturing the look and feel of the Japan's Heian era. Though I was obviously not around during these times, I really think they really captured how things would have looked during that time period. I loved how everything appeared to have a foggy-haze sourounding it and how the characters would sort of glow in the moonlight. The animations reminded me a of a old style painting, which I believe is what the production team was aiming for.
The story, though historical and interesting, was just missing something at the end. The story just all the sudden ended, and I still am pondering what could have been. Truly, though the story lines were completly different, this movie reminded me alot of another IG Plus / Production IG realese, "Blood, The Last Vampire". Both are visual masterpieces in their own unique way, and that both have great potential story lines that just end in the middle of the story!! It kind of upsets me that this is the second time that this production team has done this because of the fact that the story lines had potential.Read more ›
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The animation... is there animation? I made the mistake of buying it in store. We watched 10 minutes of it ... 10 minutes of stomach churning terrible animation. Read morePublished on April 11 2009 by Hiraeth
I bought this DVD as a set with Wrath of the Ninja, and I was not disappointed at all. The story, concerning a girl who is kidnaped and raised to become a ninja, is touching,... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Henrik Harbin
Kai Doh Maru had a very great story line but I found that it had no real ending. My first thought was "This must be a series! Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Lys Takahashi
I have long been interested in Japanese history, and so when I found this for a good price in Media Play I made the decision to buy it. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Amber
Kai Doh Maru, while having the makings of a great film, failed horribly in its endevor. While the film boasts highly stylized animation, computer constructed environments and... Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Sora
After Kintoki's uncle murders her parents, she is rescued from certain death by the captian of the 'Four Knights.' The 'Four Knights' are the defenders of the Capital city of Kyo. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Amazon Customer
A 45 minute film done by Production I.G. No plot. No animation. No anything. This film was AWFUL. I wasted my money on it, that is why I am warning you not to buy this. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Osaka
I am a long time anime fan. This movie was one of the biggest disapointments that I have ever seen. The story line had no foundation and no structure. The climax was weak. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003
The movie starts out confusing and has an abrupt, yet sad ending. I love it. Berevity is the soul of wit. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Thomas J. Webb