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Inugami (2001)

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Akira, the young new schoolteacher in town falls for secretive Miki, an older woman who takes care of her family's urn that supposedly holds a forest wolf-spirit, inugami. People soon start disappearing and the town blames Akira.

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Yûki Amami ...
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Atsuro Watabe ...
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Eugene Harada ...
Seiji Doi
Shiho Fujimura ...
Tomie Bonomiya
Kazuhiro Yamaji ...
Takanao
Kanako Fukaura ...
Momoyo Bonomiya
Shion Machida ...
Sonoko Bonomiya
Ken'ichi Yajima ...
Michio Bonomiya
Masato Irie ...
Hirofumi Bonomiya
Makoto Togashi ...
Hide Ishiyama - the Nurse
Torahiko Hamada ...
Old Man in Black
Miyû Watase ...
Rika Bonomiya
Keiko Awaji ...
Katsuko Doi
Kôichi Satô ...
Mimoto, the Hunter
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Akira, a teacher from Tokyo, has just arrived in a small rural town to begin his new job. Soon after arriving, he meets, and begins to fall for, Miki, a papermaker and part of a large and unusual family. When he learns of an ancient legend that the family carries the curse of the Inugami, or Dog God, he brushes it off as silly superstition. After a series of mysterious deaths, however, the townspeople begin to grow restless, and Akira must confront the truth about Miki and her family. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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It's Buffy meets Eastenders, full of Eastend mystery
8 March 2004 | by (Portsmouth Hampshire) – See all my reviews



This is not the sort of film to watch when your in a pop corn kind of a mood. It's Beautifully shot strange slightly disturbing film. Not quite a horror film not quite a thriller more like a dark family slightly supernatural Saga. It's Buffy meets Eastenders

Set in a sleepy village one of the Japanese Islands Inugami is the story of the Boymaina Family headed by a feckless drunken womanizing hereditary Shinto priest Takanao, Miki Takanao quiet Spinster from the start you can see there is some dark dynamic between brother an sister. there the family burdened by guilt and honor to there shine and long and dark history as guardians of Inugami "Dog gods", it's slowly killing them. As in all sleepy villages the appearance of stranger the teacher Akira is the catalyst for sinister deaths and unnatural occurrences like miki suddenly looks 20 years younger. Miki & Akira are strongly attracted to each other things go bad.

Family secrets are revealed dark and unpleasant as is the nasty superstitions of the villages. each revelation adding to the plot and twisting it. It also ask's questions about morality, honor, tradition good & evil all are twisted. There confusing too like what do the dreams mean? what does the ending mean. It does give you enough clues to work out your own explanations. Personally I love oblique endings give you a chance to exercise your imagination.

There are some great characters Tomie Bonomia miki's mother watch her closely say no more, Takanao torn by his desires & Honor you can see he loose the will to live little by little as he becomes more and more detached. And Fusa the delivery girl who looks just like Sandy from Monkey.


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