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Strings (2004)

A Prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father, not aware his father wasn't murdered, and in reality, committed suicide, and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman.
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Credited cast:
James McAvoy ... Hal (voice)
Catherine McCormack ... Zita (voice)
Julian Glover ... Kahro (voice)
Derek Jacobi ... Nezo (voice)
Ian Hart ... Ghrak (voice)
Claire Skinner ... Jhinna (voice)
David Harewood ... Erito (voice)
Samantha Bond ... Eike (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Bouras ... Jhinna (voice)
Pernille Højmark Pernille Højmark ... Eike (voice)
Paul Hüttel Paul Hüttel ... Agra (voice)
Jonas Karlsson ... Hal (voice)
Melinda Kinnaman ... Zita (voice)
Jesper Langberg Jesper Langberg ... Nezo (voice)
Henning Moritzen ... Kahro (voice)
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Hal Tara is the son of The Kahro of the city of Hebalon and heir to the throne. When The Kahro kills himself, Hal is chosen to taken his place to rule Hebalon. But the discovery of The Kahro's suicide letter, that his father's death was no suicide, and was conducted by rivals of the city known as The Zeriths, Hal disguising himself as a commoner leaves the city and sets out to find the Zeriths and avenge his father. But Nezo, The Kahro's evil advisor who discovered the Kahro's body sends a warrior known as Erito to join Hal and to kill him. Entering the Zerith's camp, unaware of his identity, Hal falls in love with Zita, a Zerith female warrior, unaware Nezo has evil schemes to take over ruler ship of the city and Erito's wife Eike and Hal's sister Jhinna have uncovered his evil plot. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Tied by hate - Bound by love See more »


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Denmark | Sweden | Norway | UK

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English | Danish | Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilos See more »

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EUR3,400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Kahro: [Writing his goodbye letter to Hal Tara] Hal, my son. When you read this letter, I shall be dead. I leave you the throne of Hebalom. You have not yet been to war and been part of the evil that has darkened our lives for centuries. The ancient hatred between ourselves and the Zeriths. In which myself played myself such a large part. I cannot forgive myself, I wish to die, Hal. Do what I could not, create peace and justice between ourselves and the Zeriths. But beware of Nezo, my wicked brother ...
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Behind the scenes of the film is showing during the opening credits and the crew is seen setting up the sets and preparing the puppets for filming and the title of the film appears 6 minutes into the film, after the first scene. See more »

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Technically original stunning; a shame the story isn't…
19 September 2005 | by Malte006See all my reviews

Strings Directed by Anders Rønnow-Klarlund (2004) The young prince Hal seeks to avenge his father, the king, for the murder made against him. This means travelling in disguise to infiltrate the enemy camp. But his journey brings him another truth than the one he original was seeking after.

This is one of the most original Danish movies made in a long time. Never has there been a Danish movie featuring only puppets as the actors of the movie. The technical element of the movie is great. Brilliantly cinematography means that this movie is captured as another "live action movie" in its genre. The art-direction is beautiful and fits the puppets very well. The sound effects-/monologue editing is superb and helps create a great atmosphere, along together with the above-mentioned aspects.

This means that it is a pity the story isn't nearly as original as the technical aspects. It is a very typical fantasy/adventure bringing no big surprises. It is shaped very dramatically, leaving no form for humour or funny sidekicks in the movie. This serious take at the story can be pretty linear at times, but if you have the patience to watch through this it can be interpreted as a good sign. Another shame is that there are no facial expression on the puppets, unlike other puppet movies like Team America: World Police. The puppets have the same expression on their faces through the whole movie; which doesn't help the emotional part of the movie.

The movie has some weak points, but even though it is still a good movie, and a very original and refreshingly technical take on the puppet movie genre.

7/10


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