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Mushi-Shi: The Movie

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWD74G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mushi-Shi: The Movie" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

Mushi are a different form of life that not everyone can see.
The acting is great, the visuals are beautiful, and it is overall very entertaining, though it does drag here and there.
Shane D. Mcpherson
This film is worth seeing, but please do yourself a favor and see the Anime & read the Manga first.
Dee Katauskas

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2009
Format: DVD
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 (Yû 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 24 people found the following review helpful By ONENEO VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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