Mushishi the movie

It seems like I’m always too late. I missed Mushishi’s release in Japan (2007-03-24). Anyway I did my research and here it is. Carineswan, why haven’t you talked about it?

“[ This film also called “Bugmaster” was directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo (Akira, Steamboy) is a live-action movie. Fittingly, it is an adaptation of the “Mushishi” manga.

“Bugmaster” is a multi-layered film that tells the story of a young boy as he grows from an orphan into a “bugmaster” (mushishi), a sort of doctor/alchemist who treats problems caused by “bugs”, or spirits. He travels from village to village in turn-of-the-centry Japan, diagnosing symptoms and then selling remedies from a sort of combination backpack/chest of drawers that he carries around on his back. He doesn’t deal in martial arts, which I quite frankly expected him to bust into at any moment. He’s a bit like Caine from Kung Fu, except without the butt-kicking. His first such encounter finds him forced off the road by snow, and seeking shelter in house of the matron who overlooks a small village. Once inside, the lady of the house calls for him to help him with the villagers ; they have all lost hearing in their left ear. He identifies a certain type of bug that eats sounds, and has taken up residence in their ears.

Through multiple flashbacks and non-linear storytelling, we come to find out that this bugmaster, Ginko, was orphaned while he was very young ; he and his mother were caught in a landslide while traveling through the mountains. The boy, then named Yoki, was taken in by a female bugmaster named Nui. Nui wears her long silver/white hair over one eye, just like Ginko will later do. I won’t divulge why this is, since it is the result of something that later becomes pivotal to the plot, but it explains why the pupil later becomes the master.

Ginko encounters pieces of his forgotten past while traveling through Japan, and he also acquires a sidekick along the way a bumbling peasant who is traveling with a large iron pot on his back, determined to catch a rainbow. He joins Ginko, and becomes a sort of de facto assistant to him. They eventually travel to a record-house that contains thousands of scrolls detailing all of the known bugs that have been encountered, and later serves as the setting for one of the films more dramatic, and special effects-filled scenes. Giant iron chopsticks, swirling 3D characters, and bloodletting all together. Sign me up.

“Bugmaster” has a dense storyline that requires your full attention. Add in the fact that you’re reading subtitles, as well as trying to absorb an unusual type of mythology and storytelling, and it makes this a film not for everyone. But if you like Japanese cinema, fantasy storytelling, and interesting characters, you’ll love this film. ]”

from Sundance review, thanks for this critic!

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9 Comments on “Mushishi the movie”

  1. carineswan Says:

    Ah…why didn’t I know about this!!! hehe. Thanks berowl!
    Now let’s see if we can grab hold of it… But Ginko in reality looks a bit scary with white hair…

  2. berowl Says:

    I thought you were aware of this… Anyway I found this while I was searching mushishi anime wallpapers, so…

    And yes, let’s see it! 🙂
    Edit: can’t find it… 😦

  3. goldlilys Says:

    Know where we can find subtitles for this. Softsubs needed, please help. Thanks.

  4. Safetypin Says:

    Wow, I’m in search of them too… they’re nowhere to be found!

  5. recca Says:

    wow , subs nowhere to be found . the english title is bugmaster tried searching for tem and only ended up with korean subs

  6. chikalin Says:

    i cant find them either :/

  7. rikki Says:

    I watched this movie just tonight…I did like it quite a bit. The effects were quite nice… and the scene in the room with the iron chopsticks and writing was awesome.
    One thing though… I did NOT understand the ending at all. The last fifteen minutes or so seemed as though they were building into a climactic ending…. but nothing ever actually happened. It was very very confusing…. Still, overall it was quite a nice film.. very beautiful and with some nice creepy bits thrown in here and there.


  8. Very cool, thanks! Had a little hiccup with it, didn’t put the “functions.php” code between the php tags in my file at first.


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