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Kitaro

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Original title: Gegege No Kitaro
Country: Japan
Year: 2007
IMDB Rating: 5.4 177 votes
Plot: Mizuki Shigeru's beloved manga series Gegege no Kitaro has seen numerous small and big screen adaptations since the 1960s, but this latest 2007 film is without a doubt the most visually stunning effort yet. Directed by Motoki Katsuhide (Drugstore Girl) with a screenplay from Habara Daisuke (Hula Girls), Gegege no Kitaro is set in a delightful world populated by Japanese folklore creatures called yokai, demon spirits with supernatural powers. Yokai come in many shapes and forms and the film brings them to life in a fanciful fusion of CG, animation, and live-action, with everything from cat spirits to walking eyeballs roaming through ancient forests and modern Japan. The special effects were handled by Centro Digital Pictures, whose previous credentials include Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and Shaolin Soccer. Equally impressive is the cast, with Wentz Eiji of WaT, who proved his acting chops in Captain Tokio and Lovely Complex, stepping into the title role of Kitaro and Inoue Mao (Hana Yori Dango) playing his human love interest, a new role written especially for the film. They appear alongside an all-star line-up that includes Oizumi Yo, Tanaka Rena (Waiting in the Dark), Nakamura Shido (Be With You), You, and Koyuki (The Last Samurai).

In modern-day Japan, the worlds of the human and the yokai often collide, and usually not in the most pleasant of manners. Half-human and half-yokai, one-eyed Kitaro (Wentz Eiji) lives in Gegege Forest with his bickering friends Nezumi Otoko (Oizumi Yo) and Neko Musume (Tanaka Rena) and his eyeball father, and he dedicates his time to maintaining peace between humans and yokai. When a magical ball of power ends up in the wrong hands, Kitaro must recover it or both worlds could fall into grave danger.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color

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Filmmakers

Motoki, KatsuhideMOTOKI Katsuhide
director
MIZUKI Shigeru
writer
HABARA Daisuke
writer
Gegege No Kitaro Film Partners
studio
Shochiku Eizo Company
studio
Persons

Cast

Wentz, EijiWENTZ Eiji
as Kitaro
Inoue, MaoINOUE Mao
as Mika Miura
Tanaka, RenaTANAKA Rena
as Nekomusume
Oizumi, YoOIZUMI Yo
as Nezumi Otoko
Hashimoto, SatoshiHASHIMOTO Satoshi
as Kuko
HAZAMA Kanpei
as Konaki Jiji
ISHII Kazuhisa
as Beto beto san (voice)
IJÛIN Hikaru
as Nurikabe (voice)
KoyukiKOYUKI
as Tenko
Muroi, ShigeruMUROI Shigeru
as Sunakake Baba
Nakamura, ShidoNAKAMURA Shido
as O-tengu
Nishida, ToshiyukiNISHIDA Toshiyuki
as Wanyudo
Rijû, GôRIJÛ Gô
as Haruhiko Miura
Tani, KeiTANI Kei
as Monowasure
UCHIDA Ruka
as Kenta Miura
ROPPONGI Yasuhiro
as Police
YouYOU
as Rokurokkubi
Yanagisawa, ShingoYANAGISAWA Shingo
as Ittan Momen



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