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Gegege no Kitarô (2007)

Kitaro is half-human and half-yokai (a general term for creatures and supernatural beings), orphaned as a child and dedicated to keeping the peace between the human and yokai worlds. Kitaro... See full summary »

Director:

Katsuhide Motoki

Writers:

Shigeru Mizuki (comic), Daisuke Habara (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eiji Wentz Eiji Wentz ... Kitarô
Mao Inoue Mao Inoue ... Mika Miura
Rena Tanaka ... Nekomusume
Yô Ôizumi ... Nezumi Otoko
Kanpei Hazama Kanpei Hazama ... Konaki Jiji
Gô Rijû Gô Rijû ... Mr. Haruhiko Miura
Ruka Uchida Ruka Uchida ... Kenta Miura
Satoshi Hashimoto Satoshi Hashimoto ... Kuko (Uncle Goro)
Kazuyuki Matsuzawa Kazuyuki Matsuzawa ... Mr. Tanaka
Yuriko Hirooka Yuriko Hirooka ... Mrs. Tanaka
Kasumi Suzuki Kasumi Suzuki ... Tanaka Daughter
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Pawn Shop Owner
Kogan Ashiya Kogan Ashiya ... Kanri'nin
Takashi Taniguchi ... Officer Inoue
Manabu Ino Manabu Ino ... Officer Maeda
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Storyline

Kitaro is half-human and half-yokai (a general term for creatures and supernatural beings), orphaned as a child and dedicated to keeping the peace between the human and yokai worlds. Kitaro tries to save a high school girl named Yumeko and stop a stone with the power to control both worlds from falling into the wrong hands. Written by Doodle210

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Fantasy

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kitaro See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku Eizo Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The green train that the human girl Mika Miura uses near the start is the Enoden train. It is an old fashioned/nostalgic train that runs along the coast near Kamakura's Big Buddha. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits begin while Kitaro dances with Nekomusume (cat girl) and the other yokai (japanese monsters). The text look a little distorted and Medama Oyaji (eyeball father) is seen either bathing in his little bowl on the text or hanging on to them as the text scroll and the yokai continue to dance. At one point, Nekomusume kicks one of the text while dancing and it shakes up Medama Oyaji a bit See more »

Connections

Followed by Gegege no Kitarô: Sennen noroi uta (2008) See more »

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Yokai for teeny-boppers
11 November 2007 | by Chung MoSee all my reviews

Coming in on the heels of Miike's "Great Yokai War" there's nothing this Yokai themed film can do but be compared to it. Unfortunately that's a tough hurdle but since Miike couldn't keep all of his adult perversity out of a kid-friendly film maybe the producers thought there was a chance for them with this one.

The art direction is fine and the whole production is decent looking. Unfortunately a few mistakes really pull this movie down. First is the casting of Pop TV star Eiji Wentz for the main role. He seems like a nice guy but brings very little inspiration to the role of Kitaro. Later in the film when he's supposed to be falling in love with the sister, we need the other Yokai to verbally inform us that this has occurred since Wentz is unable to convey the emotion at all. However it's probable that the young teen girls who are fans of his couldn't care less how blandly he acts. It falls to the other actors (and CG animation) to fill in the personality of the film. The film moves along well into the last half where is loses it's pacing and gets boring.

Hard to recommend to anyone but Eiji Wentz fans and those familiar with the Kitaro manga.


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