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Kitaro (2008)

Eiji Wentz , Yo Oizumi , Katsuhide Motoki  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eiji Wentz, Yo Oizumi, Mao Inoue, Renna Tanaka, Kanpei Hazama
  • Directors: Katsuhide Motoki
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019D3DD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In modern-day Japan, the worlds of the humans 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 with his eyeball father and his bickering friends, Nezumi Otoko (Oizumi Yo) and Neko Musume (Tanaka Rena), in Gegege Forest where he dedicates his time to maintaining peace between humans and yokai.

But when a magical ball of power ends up in the wrong hands, Kitaro must recover it or both worlds could fall into grave danger.

Mizuki Shigeru's beloved manga series, KITARO (Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro), has seen numerous small and big screen adaptations since the 1960s, but this 2007 film is without a doubt the most visually stunning effort yet. Directed by Katsuhide Motoki (Drugstore Girl) with a screenplay from Habara Daisuke (Hula Girls), 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 with the film bringing 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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All-out monster battle! June 5, 2008
"Ge ge ge no Kitaro" is one of those Japanese mega-hits that never really seems to find an audience in the US. In fact, calling it a mega-hit is something of an understatement. Kitaro is a national icon on the same terms as Hello Kitty! or Mickey Mouse. The creator, Mizuki Shigeru, has his own museum and a road lined with bronze statues of his famous creations, most famous of which is Kitaro.

This 2007 is the latest adaptation of the popular character, using modern CG effects to bring to life the bizarre cast of characters, almost all of whom are traditional Japanese monsters called yokai. These monsters are as familiar to every Japanese person as goblins, trolls and elves are to Western audiences, and have appeared in a multitude of other films such as the Mizuki-inspired and Miike Takeshi-directed The Great Yokai War

The story is typical of a Kitaro adventure. Greedy developers want to buy an old apartment building so they can kick everyone out and build a supermarket. The developers are having a tough time, so they hire Nezumi otoko to get some yokai and help them scare everyone away. After some scary events, one of the spunky kids who live in the apartment calls up Kitaro to help them in their fight and save the apartment. Kitaro recruits his old allies Neko Musume and the gang, and get to work saving the day.

As far as an adaptation goes, they did a decent job. The various yokai look the best they every have, and Kitaro's father, a small eyeball who walks around and takes baths in tea cups, is spot-on perfect. It's definitely a kid's flick, so don't expect too much in terms of story and depth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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A classic manga series in Japan, "Gegege no Kitaro" has spawned many television series, animated series, films and video games but this time, the popular series gets a modern adaption which stars pop singer Eiji Wentz (of the group WaT) as the main character KITARO, popular Japanese actress Lena Tanaka as Neko Musume, KOYUKI (The Last Samurai) and many others for this 2007 Japanese summer blockbuster.

The film is in essence a Japanese family film about the Miura family. Young Kenta has had a tough life. His mother has passed away, his father is worried about finances that he is considering of taking his wife's wedding ring to the pawn shop, he lives with his sister and there are monsters trying to kick the tenants out of the apartment complex? Who are you gonna call? KITARO.

Eventually, things start to get more serious when a special rock is introduced to the picture and Kenta's father steals it and tells Kenta to hide it. This rock has thrown the human and spirit worl to an awry place as the yokai of the spirit world look for the rock, even some spirits who want it to destroy humankind. Will KITARO be able to protect Kenta and will he be able to stop the yokai who are after the rock?


The picture quality for "KITARO" is featured in 1080p (1080p High Definition Anamorphic Widescreen) and the Blu-ray transfer was nice but not eye-popping spectacular. I didn't see any artifacting or dust or scratches. As for the audio, audio is featured in 6.1 Dolby EX and 6.1 DTS ES. Although not provided in TrueHD, for those with a home theater receiver that can play DTS will get a good output in their speakers during the action scenes and also during the musical segments of the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very strange kid's film October 21, 2009
Let's get the basics sorted out right now. The target audience is approximately 9-14 years old, though it can also be enjoyed by older age groups and I certainly liked it. I would be very wary, however, of showing it to younger children without the presence of an adult. Apart from the scary aspects of which there are many and I'll mention them later, it deals directly with the death of a parent and could be upsetting on that level alone. Also it's immediately preceded by what may be a trailer for a sequel and is far scarier than anything in the film.

Okay, on with the show. Kitaro is a character who has been around in Japanese culture, in one form or another, since the 1930's and is half-human, half-yokai. The yokai are essentially forest spirits who appear in a variety of forms and with a variety of natures. In appearance they can be cute, human-like, spooky, hideous, and downright pants-wettingly scary. Their natures are friendly, mischievous, selfish, nasty, or downright malevolent and all shades in between.

The movie opens with a protest against a development which infringes on the forest and also involves destroying peoples' homes. A young boy writes to Kitaro (in whom his sister doesn't believe) for help. Kitaro turns up in time to save people from yokai employed by the selfish Ratman who is in turn employed by the developer. But this is only to set the scene for the real story which involves an evil stone falling into the hands of the boy's unemployed father with disastrous consequences such as being hunted by wolfman-like foxe spirits. I won't say more as it would only spoil what follows which involves a lot of action, some scary yokai, humour, a little tentative romance, and tragedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong choice
didn't realize this was a cartoon or whatever it is, made a mistake thought I was ordering a dvd concert of the musician Kitaro, what can I do
Published 18 months ago by Susan - venetian-champagne flutes
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was enjoyable
My kids love the movie very much and the video quality was great we watch the movie on Thanksgiving we love it and thanh you.
Published 21 months ago by chefchuki
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I have only seen a few of the anime episodes that this movie is base on. Like the few episodes I have seen, this movie is a good. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by RockManX
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
Even with the English sub titles, this is a very family friendly movie. At first I thought it was too much for kiddies but after a few minutes I enjoyed the story. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by George Manoogian
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitaro
I liked this film. My wife found it difficult to understand, but if you have a concept of the Japanese religions, then the plot should be pretty straight-forward. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by D. Erasmus
4.0 out of 5 stars For Enthusiasts: The Ever-Remade Classic as a Live Film
If you're not into Japanese anime, culture, manga, or history you're probably going to have no interest in this film whatsoever except as a curiosity at best. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Steven Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitaro
My Favorite show when I was little. Definitely made me happy while watching it. Love it!!!
Published on October 7, 2009 by Kenneth Soderlund
4.0 out of 5 stars GeGeGe no Kitaro - Ha ha ha!
I can't believe they made the originally a classic anime, or TV animation, from the early 70s into an actual film!! Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by Marco Rossini
4.0 out of 5 stars GeGeGe no Kitaro - Ha ha ha!
I can't believe they made the originally a classic anime, or TV animation, from the early 70s into an actual film!! Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by Marco Rossini
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation of the anime
If you've never seen the anime this series might not be for you. There are simply too many references and easter eggs that will go unnoticed or seem pointless. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by W. Mason
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