Running time: 75
Distributor: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 2003-07-29
Pre date: 2003-05-27
Suggested retail price: $24.95
Age rating: 17+
The battle for the Capital city of Kyo rages as warring political factions vie for power against hereditary rulers. After the murder of her parents at the hands of her seditious uncle, a young girl named Kintoki flees to the mountains to lead a harsh life; she is renamed Kai Doh Maru by the local villagers. Rescued by Raiko, the Captain of 'The Four Knights' - honorable defenders who protect the peace of the city, she is raised within their group as a boy. Living among the Knights, she learns the practices of martial arts and develops into a skillful samurai, becoming a permanent member of their team. Now, as a young woman of seventeen, she begins to discover new feelings of passion and love for Raiko... but she also discovers that these new emotions cause a storm of jealousy and rage in another woman linked to her past.
Set in the political intrigue of Japan's Heian era, explosive action intertwined with a complex human drama are both brought to life in this atypical story of love, honor, jealousy and betrayal. Produced by the incomparable animation team at IG Plus / Production IG (BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE / GHOST IN THE SHELL) and featuring fully digital animation with elaborately drawn 3D backgrounds showcasing unique colorization, Kai Doh Maru takes you into a new and uncharted dimension of anime.
Bonus program includes the Kai Doh Maru - Production Report, detailing the intricate and articulate creation of this remarkable film.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
*1:85 Letterboxed * 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound in English & Japanese * 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo in English & Japanese * English Subtitles * Original Japanese Trailer * Free Poster * Manga Previews, Fan Club Info & DVD Catalog
BONUS PRODUCTION PROGRAM
*Character Design Boards *Character Biographies *Photo Gallery * Director & Crew Interviews
Total DVD Running time is 75 minutees, Kai Doh Maru itself is 50 minutes.
(added on 2003-03-19, modified on 2003-05-01)
- Encyclopedia information about Kai Doh Maru (OAV)