Set in an unspecified northern kingdom, the film opens with the young Horus (Hisako Ookata (Japanese)/Billie Lou Watt (English)) attempting to fight off a pack of “silver wolves,” and accidentally waking up an ancient stone giant, named Mogue (or Rockoar in some editions of the film). Horus succeeds in pulling a splinter from the giant’s shoulder, which transpires to be a rusty and ancient sword. The giant proclaims this to be the “Sword of the Sun,” promising also that when the sword has been reforged, he will come to Horus, who will then be called “Prince of the Sun”.
Horus’ father, on his deathbed, reveals that their family came from a northern seaside village, which was devastated by the terrifying ice devil Grunwald, leaving them the only survivors. Before dying, Horus’ father urges his son to return to the land of his birth and avenge the village.
On his journey, Horus and his companion, a bear named Koro, are soon confronted by Grunwald, who plunges the boy from a cliff when Horus refuses to serve him. Hols survives the fall and is rescued by the inhabitants of a nearby village. Horus soon becomes a heroic figure when he kills an enormous pike which had been threatening the lives and livelihoods of this fishing community.
The pike was a ploy of Grunwald’s, who then sends the silver wolves to attack the village instead. In the battle that follows, Horus and Koro chase the wolves to a deserted village, where he meets a mysterious young girl named Hilda. Horus takes Hilda back to his village, where her beautiful singing is welcomed by the villagers, with the exception of the chief, who is increasingly resentful of Horus’ popularity, and his deputy, Drago. Hilda, who is actually Grunwald’s sister and under his evil influence, later collaborates with Drago and sends a swarm of rats to attack the village (in the original Japanese version, Grunwald wanted Horus to be his brother before he plunged Horus down the cliff; this ties in with Horus’ first encounter with Hilda and her comment on how they both share the same fate that they’re like twins). Drago frames Horus for his own failed attempt to assassinate the chief, and the villagers banish Horus.
Horus sets out in search of Grunwald, but is confronted by Hilda, and the owl who acts as messenger between Hilda and Grunwald. With her true identity revealed, Hilda reluctantly attack Horus, who falls into a chasm and becomes trapped in an enchanted wood, where he is haunted by visions of the villagers and his father. Grunwald then sends Hilda, against her wishes, to kill Horus, and makes his own attack on the village, together with his wolves and a giant ice mammoth.
Horus is able to escape from the enchanted forest when he realizes that the sword must be reforged as a collective effort and that the villagers must unite in order to defeat Grunwald. After a brief fight with Hilda, who is thoroughly remorseful about her involvement in Grunwald’s plan, Horus rejoins the villagers in their battle and uses the raging fires they ignited in their defense to reforge the sword. With the “Sword of the Sun” reforged, he is soon joined by the stone giant Mogue. Together they defeat and destroy Grunwald. Hilda, who had given her magical “Medal of Life” to aid Horus, finds that she is still alive without it, and rejoins Horus and the villagers.
Info & Credits
|Title||Horus, Prince of the Sun|
|Japanese Title||太陽の王子 ホルスの大冒険|
|Japanese Title (Romanized)||Taiyō no Ōji: Horusu no Daibōken|
|Duration||1 hr 21 min|
|Art Director||Mataji Urata|
|Scene Design||Hayao Miyazaki|
|Village Leader||???||Masao Mishima|
|Horus’ Father||???||Hisa Yakomori|
Horus: Prince of the Sun Trailer
Screenshots from the movie