director Otomo Katsuhiro presents his first live-action film in 15 years. Based on Urushibara Yuki's award-winning manga, Mushishi
, a.k.a. Bugmaster
, is a mellow, atmospheric, and enchanting period fantasy that smartly avoids the excesses of the genre. Set in a world of mystic forests, wandering ascetics, and magical creatures, the film still manages to be subtle and organic, thanks to the beautiful natural scenery and selective use of CGI. Otomo approaches Mushishi
with minimalist direction and metaphysical moodiness, giving this manga adaptation unexpected weight. Odagiri Joe (Yureru
) is perfectly cast in the leading role, embodying his mysterious character with subdued charisma and inner life, along with the equally impressive Aoi Yu (Hula Girls
) and Esumi Makiko (Inochi
Mushishi revolves around silver-haired bugmaster Ginko (Odagiri Joe), who roams the country curing people of mushi, mystical creatures that cause sickness in human beings. Mushi, or bugs, come in many species and do not have any set form; nor are they evil, as their supernatural powers stem from nature, and the resultant ills are more the symptoms of imbalance between mushi and humans. Nevertheless, mushi can cause great harm to people, and Ginko is both gifted and cursed with the ability to find them. His travels bring him to a village of deafs, a little girl with horns, and longtime friend Tanyu (Aoi Yu), whose mushi is too strong to rid. As Ginko struggles to cure Tanyu, the mushi that lies deep within him is awakened.
This release comes with the following special features: Special Discussion with Otomo Katsuhiro VFX Featurette Making Of Interview with Cast & Director Japan Premiere & Venice Film Festival Aoi Yu in Venice