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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 ... Miki Bonomiya
Atsuro Watabe ... Akira Nutahara
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
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)  »

Also Known As:

Inugami - Die Verfluchten  »

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Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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...Not-Old Old Maid...
26 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A mini-festival spared me the bother of buying this, and gave the opportunity of seeing it on a large screen. "Inugami" opens with an aerial shot of a two-lane following the low winding juncture of two lushly forested mountains. It's the kind of landscape that inspires Hayao Miyazaki. At the end of the line, find a small, insular, modern-day village, on whose outskirts a not-old old-maid follows generations-old traditions making very fine paper.

Our out-of-town protagonist falls in love with the paper-maker. Small town tensions, based both in the present and in the past, simmer, boil, explode.

Not great, but worth seeing for the scenery and paper-making alone. Put's me in mind of Mitsuo Yanagimachi's 1985 "Himatsuri."

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