Tatsu no ko Tarô (1979, JAP) C-75m. SCOPE ** D: Kiriro Uruyama, Peter Fernandez. Starring (the voices of) Junya Kato, Katsuo Kitamura, Sayuri Yoshinaga. Animated feature based on a novel by Miyoko Matsutani. The title character, Taro the Dragon Boy, goes in search of his mother, who has been changed into a dragon. On his way he defeats two demons and helps farmers. Simple animated tale, with roots in Japanese mythology, a bit too hard to access. Worth a look for anime buffs. English title: TARO THE DRAGON BOY.

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