Immortal Anime

Studio Bones unveils new samurai classic

Chances are, if you’re the type of person who might go see Sword of the Stranger, you’ve not only already decided to go, but you’ve downloaded a fansub of this modern-day anime masterpiece and know every line . . . in Japanese.

For those who could care less that the film was created by Studio Bones, the same studio that brought us Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and Rahxephon, consider the plot: It’s the warring-states period in Japan, and the fate of one boy hangs in the balance between a nameless ex-samurai who has vowed never to take up his sword again and an assassin from the West just looking for a fight.

Check it out when the movie plays for one night only at at AMC Westgate 20, 9400 West Hanna Drive in Glendale, and five other Valley cinemas. The making-of featurette Sword of the Stranger Revealed: A Look Behind the Scenes, featuring the movie’s English voice actors, follows. For more info on additional screenings, see

Thu., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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