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Mushi-Shi: The Movie (2009)

Joe Odagiri , Katsushiro Otomo  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Odagiri
  • Directors: Katsushiro Otomo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWD74G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mushi-Shi: The Movie" on IMDb

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A man, afflicted with the gift of seeing strange natural spirits called Mushi, travels the countryside ridding people of these ancient, troublesome forces. He is haunted by the childhood events that turned him into a Mushi-Shi or Mushi Master and struggles with the realization that the very same Mushi that changed him could now be controlling an old mentor and wrecking havoc on the natural world

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bugmaster June 9, 2009
Silver-haired and mysterious, he wanders through Japan helping people who are plagued with mushi -- mysterious supernatural creatures.

And while most live action movies adapted from anime/manga are tepid CGI-heavy affairs, "Mushi-Shi: The Movie" is an ethereal, atmosphere-soaked piece of work that shows the brilliant Katsushiro Otomo at his best. The storyline is kind of fragmented as it explains the protagonists' history, but the eerie plot and hauntingly lush backdrop of medieval Japan make this an exquisite piece of work, with a subtle tinge of horror.

A silver-haired wanderer -- a "mushi-shi" or "bugmaster" -- named Ginko (Joe Odagin) takes shelter in a small village, where the local matriarch asks him to help with some problems. One is that some of the villagers have gone deaf in one ear; the other is that her granddaughter is hearing bizarre things that aren't there, and grown a pair of strange horns from her forehead. With his know-how and an assortment of herbs, Ginko manages to deal with the problems.

While all this is going on, we see a silver-haired woman named Nui (Makiko Esumi) adopt a child whose mother died in a landslide. She urges him to go in case the local mushi affect him, but she grows fond of the boy -- leading to a magical and horrifying transformation for them both.

But new problems arise when Ginko travels to the Tanyuu household, home of a bizarre hereditary mushi and a vast store of mushi-related information. The mistress of the house (Yű Aoi) has become mysteriously ill, and information about a kind of mushi called the Tokoyami stirs old memories in Ginko. And as he tries to seal away the mushi that threaten to swarm through the mansion, he comes face-to-face with a tormented soul from his past...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Live-Action Incarnation of a Well Respected Franchise August 16, 2009
While Mushi-Shi The Movie cannot claim to have many ties to anime-giant Funimation (after all, it is a 2006 live action film that has cleaned up at movie festivals), the franchise itself is deeply rooted in the anime/ manga industry. Yuki Urushibara was the mastermind behind the original manga (which was awarded an Excellence Prize for manga at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003) and a rich 26-episode animated series followed shortly thereafter in 2005.

In 2006, amidst the successful run of the anime, Katsuhiro Otomo directed this live-action incarnation, which enjoyed its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. It then opened in Japanese theatres in March of 2007.

Released to North American markets at last, Funimation has acquired the exclusive rights to the motion picture, which occupies a single disc within a standard-sized DVD case. Runtime comes in at 131 minutes and language options follow the standard set in the anime business: Original Japanese dialog (in stereo) and an English dub option in Dolby 5.1 Surround. English subtitles are available with either voice choice.

The film wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to the slightly disturbing imagery though the film does a wonderful job of steering clear of sexual situations, foul language, or glorification of gore.

Extras on the release include a host of deleted & extended scenes (opposed to the theatrical release), Mushi-Shi premieres, original trailer, and a crop of coming attractions (which includes live-action features).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For a decade, manga writer/artist Yuki Urusihibara is known for the award winning series "Mushishi" which was publicized in Kodansha's "Afternoon" magazine (1999-2008). The manga was eventually adapted into a Japanese animated series and later adapted to a live film by "AKIRA" and "STEAMBOY" creator Katsuhiro Otomo.

The film would star Jo Odagiri ("Shinobi", "Azumi" and "Kamen Rider Cougar"), Makiko Esumi ("Shomuni" series, "Over Time" and "Love Revolution"), Yu Aoi ("Tokyo!", "Hachimitsu to Clover" and "Tekkon Kinkreet") and Nao Omori ("Tokyo!", "Tekkon Kinkreet" and "Prisoner").


"MUSHI-SHI THE MOVIE" definitely deserves high marks for its visual appeal. The positive aspects of the film are its breathtaking locations and just overall look. Traditional Japan is captured with its lush greenery and its hills along the countryside. The DVD captures the film's grainy appearance at times but the negative aspect is the amount of dust, scratches and film warping. There was not a tremendous amount of it but it was visible throughout the film.

The film tends to use lighting effectively. From the darkness of its deep blacks and blues to the aged and sometimes burned-like hues, the film seems to have its beautiful and incredible moments, its eery and dark moments and also its vibrant and colorful moments. Also, seasons are captured...with Ginko walking through the snow or through a village full of grass. But the cinematography by Takahide Shibanushi is absolutely beautiful.

As for audio, the film is presented in Japanese 5.1 Dolby Surround and English 5.1 Dolby Surround. I primarily watched the film in Japanese and for the most part, the film is a dialogue-driven film. Front and center channel speakers play the dominant role.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars what happened
movie did not play in my brand new mac
Published 11 days ago by James L. Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy. Unlike anything else
A spellbinding, breathtaking, and truly magical movie. The scenes with inspire awe and send your imagination running wild. A great fantasy. Unlike anything else.
Published 1 month ago by potzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Clarice Bookman
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
SO I got this cause I am a fan of the anime show and the movie was ok, I would recommend it to other people.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Mehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Mushi-Shi: The Movie
I like this Anime. Even though it show only 2 story and his early days. It be great if they did the rest series!
Published 3 months ago by rts8
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVDs
I was able to watch this about halfway through before playback started stuttering. Eventually it just stopped because the disc could not be read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by G. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the anime version, but the movie is worth a watch.
The movie had the same feel as the anime that I love so much - even the same voice actors. It was a conglomeration of the anime stories - altered for effect, but still well done. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D.E.Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try. Deep and Intense
My daughter and I have watched the entire animated series of Mushi-Shi so the next step was to purchase the live-action film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Shaw
The ANIME's individual volumes are as little as $0.42 (vol.1) at Amazon Marketplace. The animation, graphics from Japan, audio (English option) are bright, poignant and varied;... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roy Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
After seeing the Trailer, I thought this would be something very interesting, NOT!! Bored the hell out of me totally.
Published 19 months ago by Howler
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