Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends a village from the attacks of Grundewald, a warlord/ice demon and befriends the enigmatic Hilda, a lonely and beautiful girl who sings haunting songs (and who hides a terrible secret).
Did You Know?
The script was based on a puppet theater drama written by scriptwriter Kazuo Fukazawa
, itself based on an ancient legend of the Ainu, the aboriginal people living in Northern Japan. The Scandinavian/Viking/Eastern Europe setting was an idea of the producers, worried that a movie too identified with a local culture wouldn't have had enough international appeal. See more
When the wolves attack the village, Horus runs out of the village to face them head-on and try to kill their leader, Silver Wolf. In his absence, Potom, the village chief's son, encourages everyone to tear the logs from his father's barn to build a barricade against the wolves. Afterwards, when Drago is trying to turn the Chief against Horus, the Chief recalls that Horus encouraged everyone to break up his barn, but it was his son Potom who did that, not Horus, who was outside the village at the time. The error is found in both the English subtitles and the English dubbed dialogue. See more
In the twilight red sky / a lonely star shines / Someone calls me, / "Come away, voiceless lark / Come away, wingless lark / From where did you come? And where will you go, now?"
The English-dubbed version from AIP-TV changed the location of the film from Northern Japan to Norway. See more