Mushi-shi, Bug Master


Some time between Meiji and Taisho period… A mother and son walk through heavy rain.

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Katsuhiro Otomo

Bug Master

Sceneggiatura Script
Katsuhiro Otomo
Sadayuki Murai
Dal manga From the manga comic
Mushi-shi di/by Yuki Urusibara  
Fotografia Photography
Takahide Shibanushi
Suono Sound
Yoshiya Obara
Scenografia Set Design
Noriyoshi Ikeya
Costumi Costume Designer
Keisuke Chiyoda
Montaggio Editing
Soichi Ueno
Musica Music
Kuniaki Haishima
Interpreti Main Cast
Joe Odagiri
Makiko Esumi
Nao Omori
Yu Aoi
Produttore Producer
Satoru Ogura
Produzione Production
Ogura Jimusyo
Distribuzione internazionale World Sales

Giappone Japan
35 mm, Colore Colour
Durata Length
Lingua Language
Giapponese Japan


Sinossi Synopsis
Some time between Meiji and Taisho period… A mother and son walk through heavy rain. The son, Yoki, sees strange, iridescent creatures float from the mountainside and then disappear. He does not yet know such creatures are called “Mushi” and can not be seen by ordinary men. Suddenly, there is a landslide and Yoki’s mother is swallowed by the flood. A Mushi-shi woman named Nui finds the child, who miraculously survived, and takes him home with her…
Some years later, we meet Yoki again as an adult. Having lost his memory in an incident he can not recall, he is now called “Ginko”. He is a “Mushi-Shi,” one who studies the Mushi he could see as a child and protects ordinary men from the illnesses that they inflict. He travels alone through the thick mountain snow, looking for a night’s lodging. We see that his hair is white like the snow and one of his eyes is now missing...
Ginko makes his way to a house where a young woman named Tanyu has fallen ill. Born to a family with a strong connection to Mushi, Tanyu records the ancient stories of the Mushi onto scrolls. She fell ill after she heard a tale from a blind Mushi-Shi woman. The woman told her about how she had fought off a powerful Mushi called “Tokoyami”, which lived at the bottom of a pond, and about an eyeless fish which lived at the bottom of the Tokoyami called “Ginko”. Her extended exposure to the pond turned her hair white and took both of her eyes…
In the basement library of Tanyu’s house, Ginko reads the scroll containing the tale of the blind Mush-shi woman. It sounds strangely familiar to him, as if he has heard the story before… the story of a boy named “Yoki,” the sole survivor of a landslide…


Commento del regista Director’s notes
Japan. A century ago. Modernization had begun in cities, but traces of medieval ways were still scattered in rural and mountain areas – where outcasts must have wandered in the dark.
Their appearance was ethereal and yet chillingly beautiful – the faces of which no one could look straight into. It seemed as though we had been left standing still without any change, in the same darkness from a century ago.
I wanted to create such a world in my own way.

Biografia Biography
Katsuhiro Otomo was born on April 14, 1954, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
The 1988 release of the animated feature Akira marked a new genre in Science Fiction films, beyond conventional animation.
He took a nine year break from directing before announcing Steamboy, which was shown as the Closing Film at the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004.
He was awarded with Chevalier by the French order of Chivalry in 2005 for his highly respected work.

Filmografia Filmography
1982 Jiyû o warera ni / Give Me a Gun Give Me Freedom; 1987 Robotto kânibaru / Robot Carnival; Meikyû monogatari / Manie-Manie: Labyrinth Tales (Manie manie: i racconti del labirinto); 1988 Akira (Akira); 1991 Warudo apaatoment hora / World Apartment Horror; 1995 Cannon Fodder episodio di/segment of Memorîzu / Memories; 2004 Suchîmubôi / Steamboy (Steamboy).