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GeGeGe no Kitarō (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎) is a live action film based on Shigeru Mizuki's manga of the same name. It was released on April 28, 2007.

It starred singer Eiji Wentz as Kitarō and comedian Yō Ōizumi as Nezumi-Otoko, as well as Isamu Tanonaka reprising his regular role of Medama-Oyaji from the anime adaptations. There are many differences from the original series, such as Kitarō being depicted as a young man rather than a boy.


The story is original but contains elements from the classic stories The Great Yōkai Trial, Tenko and Ghost Train.

Plans for a live-action GeGeGe no Kitarō were announced by Shochiku in 2005. At this time, a 2006 release was planned with Yukihiko Tsutsumi slated to direct while Tsuyoshi Domoto was to play Kitarō.[2]

Shooting took place over two months in May and June 2006. While most yōkai were played by actors in costume or suits, the less-human characters like Medama-Oyaji and Ittan-Momen were created with computer effects and given celebrity voice actors. In particular, Medama-Oyaji was voiced by his long-time anime voice actor Isamu Tanonaka, who had been playing the role since the first anime adaptation.



Kitarō Family





Theme Songs


Production notes


  1. 2007 Box Office Takings of 1 Billion or More (PDF) - Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan
  2. "First GeGeGe no Kitarō live-action film to be released 2006", (Japanese) January 27, 2005
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