The Dagger of Kamui
Directed by Rintaro
1985, PG, 132 min.
Set in pre-Meiji era Japan, this epic by anime master Rintaro (Metropolis, Galaxy Express 999) tells the life story of Jiro, a young boy who becomes a suspect in the murder of his adoptive family. In possession of a mysterious dagger found at the crime scene, Jiro flees his village and trains as a ninja under a Buddhist monk named Tenkai, who assists him in avenging the murders. Jiro then sets out on an international journey that leads him to the complicated truth about his family history.
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image ©1985 Kadokawa Shoten
Anime at The Revue
The Japan Foundation, in conjunction with community partners, will hold four free screenings of Japanese animated films at the historic Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue.
The titles include cult classics Cyborg 009 (1980) and The Dagger of Kamui (1985) and the children’s film Mai Mai Miracle (2009). The series will conclude with a screening of Akira (1988), one anime’s most influential and beloved films.
All four films will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles, using 35mm film prints.
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International – TAAFI celebrates the many forms of animation from around the world, while supporting and nurturing the community that creates them.
The Revue Cinema has operated almost continuously for 102 years in historic Roncesvalles Village, and in 2007 began operating as a not-for-profit community centre and theatre with a mandate to promote cultural enrichment through film and educational events. In 2013, The Revue underwent a complete upgrade to digital film projection while retaining the ability to screen 35mm prints, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This fall, The Revue was awarded a second Trillium grant for aesthetic improvements and repairs.