Funimation Picks Up Otomo's Live-Action Mushi-shi Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Akira director based film on same manga as Hiroshi Nagahama's TV anime

Funimation has announced on Friday that it has acquired Katsuhiro Otomo's live-action film version of Yuki Urushibara's Mushi-shi supernatural drama manga. The titular "Mushi-shi" ("Bug Master") character is a doctor who travels a mystical version of Japan to cure people affected by Mushi, the supernatural creatures that he is investigating. This film is the latest from the director of Akira and Memories. The manga also inspired the 2005 animated Mushi-shi television series by Hiroshi Nagahama (Fruits Basket assistant director, Detroit Metal City video) and Artland (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Macross).

Funimation is planning theatrical showings via Funimation Films and a DVD release in 2009. Coincidentally, The Barbican performing arts center in London will be holding a October 28 double-billing of both the anime version and the live-action version.

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