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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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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.Read more ›
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?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Loved this movie. It reminded me of my childhood growing up in Japan and watching this cartoon. Great memories.Published 13 months ago by Brenda G dePriest
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 doPublished on March 6, 2013 by Susan - venetian-champagne flutes
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 on December 5, 2012 by chefchuki
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 morePublished on January 27, 2012 by RockManX
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 morePublished on January 24, 2012 by George Manoogian
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 morePublished on February 6, 2010 by D. Erasmus
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 morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Steven Savage
My Favorite show when I was little. Definitely made me happy while watching it. Love it!!!Published on October 7, 2009 by Kenneth Soderlund
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