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Director:
Writers:
Yuki Urushibara (comic) and
Sadayuki Murai (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 March 2007 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
A wandering mystical doctor passes through remote regions of Japan uncovering supernatural creatures called the Mushi and curing people of their effects. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A Nutshell Review: The Bugmaster (Mushishi) See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jô Odagiri ... Ginko
Nao Ômori ... Nijirou

Yû Aoi ... Tanyu
Lily ... Inn owner
Makiko Kuno ... Maho's mother
Reia Moriyama ... Maho
Hideyuki Inada ... Yoki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Dismuke ... Yoki / Young Ginko (voice: English version)
Greg Dulcie ... (voice: English version)

Juli Erickson ... Tama (voice: English version)
Makiko Esumi ... Nui

Todd Haberkorn ... Inagu (voice: English version)

Grant James ... (voice: English version)
Mike McFarland ... Koro (voice: English version)
Rô Naruse
Baku Numata ... Nui's Husband
Reisen Ri ... Tanyu's nanny
Christopher Sabat ... (voice: English version)
Jennifer Seman ... Nui (voice: English version)

Stephanie Sheh ... Tanyu (voice: English version)

Mark Stoddard ... (voice: English version)
Alison Viktorin ... Maho (voice: English version)

Travis Willingham ... Ginko (voice: English version)
Stephanie Young ... Yoki's Mom (voice: English version)

Directed by
Katsuhiro Ôtomo  (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
 
Writing credits
Yuki Urushibara (comic)

Sadayuki Murai  screenplay
Katsuhiro Ôtomo  screenplay (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)

Produced by
Kiyoshi Inoue .... co-producer
Sunmin Park .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kuniaki Haishima 
 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
 
Film Editing by
Soichi Ueno 
 
Casting by
Sawako Ohzu 
 
Art Direction by
Noriyoshi Ikeya 
 
Costume Design by
Keisuke Chiyoda 
 
Makeup Department
Akiteru Nakada .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Masaya Kitada .... sound effects
Yoshiya Obara .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Nobuaki Koga .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Yuetsu Murakami .... vfx assistant supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mushishi" - Japan (original title)
"Bugmaster" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
Japan:131 min
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Certification:
South Korea:12 | Taiwan:PG-12 (original rating) | UK:15

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Katsuhiro Ôtomo decided to adapt "Mushishi" as he saw it as "an opportunity to mix live action and computer graphics, to create a hybrid of the natural and the virtual."See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Mushi-Shi" (2005)See more »

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8 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Bugmaster (Mushishi), 23 March 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I was expecting Mushishi to be a wild fantastical ride full of snazzy special effects and martial arts. I was sorely disappointed with the latter, and more so when the movie had decided to jump right into the plot of things, with little explanation of what's going on.

Based on the Japanese manga written by Yuki Urushibara, Mushishi, or The "Bugmaster" follows the trials and tribulations of a young mystical shaman Ginko, who travels from location to location, healing people who are infected by the "mushi" creatures, spreading like the plague. However, the filmmakers decided to have made this for fan boys, and doesn't dwell too long with the backstories or relationship details between characters.

Started off quite impressively with a special effects shot of a huge landslide, the movie thereafter degenerated into a series of incomprehensible events that signals that the movie isn't really for non-fans. I was confused by the lack of explanation, either through dialogue or visuals, of what's happening. Imagine watching Star Wars with little or no explanation of "The Force" - things just happen, and you move on.

Come to think of it, it must resembles Star Wars in many ways. You have a manipulator of mystical energy, and have various practitioners belonging to various factions, and you have lineage issues with the lead. You even have a character with horns on the face, like Darth Maul.

For its length, I was hoping for something more epic., with the potential of being a classic. But sadly that was not to be.

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