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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.


Masato Harada


Masako Bando (novel), Masato Harada
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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 ... 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:
Rie Ino'o


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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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Lots of threads
19 May 2008 | by threeJaneSee all my reviews

I can't really make a fair comment on this film as I wasn't giving it my full attention, and I gave up on it halfway through.

I liked the way it looked, the mystery, and the exploration of Japanese traditions, history and equivalent of karma. These are all rolled in quite nicely with the horror, in this movie.

Though it seemed like it had a lot of threads, I followed the main ones very easily. There were some threads which I couldn't follow at all, and that's probably why I gave up on it.

Again, I wasn't giving it my full attention, and I'm not a particular fan of horror, so it may not be the film's fault.

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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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