Asura (2012 film)

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Japanese アシュラ
Hepburn Ashura
Literally Asura
Directed by Keiichi Sato
Produced by Inochi Akiyama
Yoshi Ikezawa
Yoshiyuki Ikezawa
Kôzô Morishita
Based on Ashura 
by George Akiyama
Starring Masako Nozawa
Megumi Hayashibara
Kinya Kitaōji
Kappei Yamaguchi
Tesshō Genda
Music by Yorihiro Ike
Yoshihiro Ike
Norihito Sumitomo
Susumu Ueda
Distributed by Toei Company
Release dates
  • September 29, 2012 (2012-09-29) (Japan)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Asura (Japanese: アシュラ Hepburn: Ashura?) is a 2012 Japanese anime film directed by Keiichi Sato and based on a manga of the same name by George Akiyama.[1][2] Asura tied for the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.[3]


Mid 15th-century Japan. Flood, drought and famine have transformed the landscape of Kyoto into a barren wasteland. More than 80,000 people perished between 1459 and 1461. This desolate state serves as the backdrop to the beginning of the country's greatest civil war. In this era, a boy is born a beast - Asura. Abandoned as an infant, Asura is forced to learn the means of surviving in the wild. In time, he learns to kill humans as well. Asura's lost soul is saved by a young girl, Wakasa. Through love, she tames Asura's beastly heart and teaches him the lessons of humanity. Nevertheless, as Asura attempts to assimilate himself into village life, the poverty-stricken villagers are unwilling to accept the strange outsider and retaliate. Though he was taught kindness, love and empathy, it is jealousy and prejudice that drives him and Wakasa.



  1. ^ "Tiger & Bunny's Satou Directs Toei's Ashura Film". Anime News Network. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Toei's Dark Anime Film Asura Previewed in Video Clips". Anime News Network. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Asura". BCDB. 2012-08-13. 

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