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Horus: Prince of the Sun (Taiyō no Ōji: Horusu no Daibōken)

Hilal - ages 13+ - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2013

Isao Takahata / Feature Narrative / Japan / 1968 / 82 min / Colour / HDCAM / In Japanese / English subtitles / No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Special Screening - Focus on Anime

Inspired by an ancient Japanese legend but set in Scandinavia, ‘Horus: Prince of the Sun’ is considered one of the forerunners of contemporary anime.

To comply with a promise he made to his dying father, young Horus embarks on a dangerous mission to defeat the evil sorcerer Grunwald and restore peace in the region. His most powerful weapon turns out to be the magic sword that he manages to pull from the shoulder of a Rock Giant named Mogue. But before he can succeed in his quest, Horus will have to win over some mistrustful villagers, divert the devious trickery of a mysterious girl, and fight a pack of ferocious wolves…

In 2001, Japanese magazine ‘Animage’ elected ‘Horus’ the third-best anime production of all time – a bold statement, yet symptomatic of the huge influence this film has had in the history of anime. Released in 1968, it marks the first collaboration of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki (here credited as Chief Animator). Several years later, the two would found the legendary Studio Ghibli, but the hallmarks of their work, both stylistically and conceptually, already appear here in theirs earliest stages: ancient mythology, powerful magic, epic battles between good and evil, and themes like courage, love, honesty and friendship – in short, the entire fascinating universe of Japanese anime.

About the Director

Isao Takahata was born in 1935 and studied French Literature at the University of Tokyo. Considered one of the most important directors, screenwriters and producers of anime films, he became intrigued by animation after watching Paul Grimault’s animated feature ‘The King and the Mockingbird’ (1952). After ‘Horus: Prince of the Sun’ (1968), his feature-length debut, he directed several episodes of television series. In 1985, he co-founded Studio Ghibli with his long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki. His films include ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988), ‘Only Yesterday’ (1991), ‘Pom Poko’ (1994) and ‘My Neighbours the Yamadas’ (1999).


Isao Takahata
Kazuo Fukazawa
Hiroshi Okawa
Sales Company
Toei Company
Production Company
Toei Company
Hisako Okata, Etsuko Ichihara, Mikijiro Hira, Junko Hori, Eijiro Tono

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