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Inugami (2001)

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.

Director:

Masato Harada

Writers:

Masako Bando (novel), Masato Harada
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûki Amami ... Miki Bonomiya
Atsuro Watabe ... Akira Nutahara
Eugene Harada Eugene Harada ... Seiji Doi
Shiho Fujimura ... Tomie Bonomiya
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Takanao
Kanako Fukaura Kanako Fukaura ... Momoyo Bonomiya
Shion Machida Shion Machida ... Sonoko Bonomiya
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima ... Michio Bonomiya
Masato Irie Masato Irie ... Hirofumi Bonomiya
Makoto Togashi Makoto Togashi ... Hide Ishiyama - the Nurse
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada ... Old Man in Black
Miyû Watase Miyû Watase ... Rika Bonomiya
Keiko Awaji ... Katsuko Doi
Kôichi Satô ... Mimoto, the Hunter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Inugami - Die Verfluchten See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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OVERTURE
(from LA FORZA DEL DESTINO)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Fascinating drama of superstitions in the computer age
23 April 2004 | by samyanSee all my reviews

This is a drama-fantasy about two Bonomiya families in the computer age, shunned by villagers because of the legendary curse of the Inugami (wild dog deities), supposedly borne by the women. It focuses on gentle spinster Miki Bonomiya (Yuki Amami). Her mother Tomiè (Shiho Fujimura) quietly/firmly rules the 'lower home'. She and surly/Internet-wise brother Takanao (Kazuhiro Yamaji) are strong believers of the curse. Miki and her younger sister Rika (Myu Watase) refute the curse. Takanao's oft-battered wife Sonoko (Shion Machida) and their children are innocent bystanders. Seiji Doi (Eugene Harada), from the 'main home', firmly sides with Miki.

Dramatic changes occur after a new teacher Akira Nutahara (Atsuro Watabe) meets Miki. He is entranced by her skill in fine paper-making (for calligraphy) and her placid beauty. Miki becomes suddenly youthful and sensuous as they begin a passionate affair. Villagers begin to gossip about their affair. Then, tension mounts as tragedies in the village are blamed on the curse of Inugami and long-hidden secrets, involving Miki and Takanao, are slowly revealed. The culmination is the annual ancestral Shinto rites in which Takanao decides on Miki as the human sacrifice to appease the dog deities.

Yuki Amami played the male roles in the decades-famous all-women Takarazuka Revue.


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