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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.


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Credited cast:
Yûki Amami Yûki Amami ... Miki Bonomiya
Atsuro Watabe Atsuro Watabe ... Akira Nutahara
Eugene Harada Eugene Harada ... Seiji Doi
Shiho Fujimura 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 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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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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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Slow Movie + Terrible Soundtrack = This Review
5 January 2002 | by ManjiSee all my reviews

INUGAMI is an interesting yet drawn out film. Though there are many wonderful aspects to the film (location, cinematography, directing) they just don't save the film from many bouts of tedium. The most overdone aspect being the Tomie character. However, for those who do give this film a chance they will surely be treated to an above par thriller set in a quiet village virtually disconnected from the rest of the world. Here, not only does everyone know each other's name but they know their secrets as well. This concept alone is easily fun to play with and we are treated to it quite nicely as we (the viewer) learn the secrets of the village along with Akira (a school teacher, and outsider) who has just arrived in the town.

Personally, I felt the film should have omitted a few of the middle scenes of the movie involving Takanao. He had a certain mystique about him near the beginning, but with each additional scene involving him I felt a lack of interest growing. Also, I couldn't help but feel bored around every group meeting which took place in the film (of which, there are many). For some reason, it just didn't feel like they were getting anything accomplished asides from re-stating the basic purpose of the Bonomiya. These scenes were just so disinteresting, especially nearing the end.

Also, from a western point of view, the whole idea of loyalty to a certain job, no matter what the cost, seems trying at times. This is basically a problem most westerners have with many Asian films. The sense of honour and commitment seems to also be a foreign thing to North American audiences. I have watched other Asian films, less engaging than this one. While watching the other films, I found myself very interested and downright intrigued by the "honour" aspect. But here, in INUGAMI, honour is certainly not essential. Even morality is utterly useless as the depraved truth is revealed.

I really wanted to love this film, as I mentioned before there were good things going for it. However, I'm to conflicted by so many other things about the movie. This film is definitely not for everyone especially those who are attracted to the film due to it's underlying "horror" theme.

You don't see any ugly demons strolling the streets, you only see the ugliness of human beings who have steeped themselves in tradition and the past. The two things which have been responsible for the downfall of so many organizations, societies, and people.

Oh, and the music was rank!

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