|In modern-day Japan, the worlds of the humans and the yokai often collide, and usually not in the most pleasant of manners.|
Half-human and half-yokai, one-eyed Kitaro (Eiji Wentz) lives with his eyeball father and his bickering friends, Nezumi Otoko (Yo Oizumi) and Neko Musume (Rena Tanaka), in Gegege Forest where he dedicates his time to maintaining peace between humans and yokai.
But when a magical ball of power ends up in the wrong hands, Kitaro must recover it or both worlds could fall into grave danger.
Shigeru Mizuki's beloved manga series, Kitaro (Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro), has seen numerous small and big screen adaptations since the 1960s, but this 2007 film is without a doubt the most visually stunning effort yet. Directed by Katsuhide Motoki (Drugstore Girl) with a screenplay from Daisuke Habara (Hula Girls), Kitaro is set in a delightful world populated by Japanese folklore creatures called yokai, demon spirits with supernatural powers. Yokai come in many shapes and forms with the film bringing them to life in a fanciful fusion of CG, animation, and live-action, with everything from cat spirits to walking eyeballs roaming through ancient forests and modern Japan.
"...a fun movie...[that] works as a general introduction to the Gegege no Kitaro world... Nippon Cinema