yokaipedia (2022)

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yokaipedia
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Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png GHOSTBOOK: Ghost Book (2022)
See alternate titles
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki
Producer Hiroyasu Matsuoka, et al.
Written by Takashi Yamazaki;
Hiroshi Saito (source material)
Music by Naoki Sato
Presenter "GHOSTBOOK" Film Partners
Production company ROBOT
Distributor TohoJP
Rating GJP[1]
Running time 113 minutes
(1 hour, 53 minutes)[1]
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Don't open this book... (その本を開いてはいけない――)
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— Tagline

yokaipedia (GHOSTBOOK (ゴーストブック) おばけずかん,   Gōsutobukku: Obake Zukan, lit. GHOSTBOOK: Ghost Book) is a 2022 Japanese fantasy film written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki based loosely on the Ghost Book picture book series written by Hiroshi Saito. It is presented by the "GHOSTBOOK" Film Partners—consisting of Toho, Kodansha, Shirogumi Inc., ROBOT, and Abe Shuji, Inc.—and produced by ROBOT. The film stars Kairi Jo, Fuga Shibazaki, Sonny McClendon, Ayaka Yoshimura, Ryunosuke Kamiki, and Yui Aragaki. Toho released it to Japanese theaters on July 22, 2022.

Description[edit | edit source]

Sixth grade elementary school students Kazuki, Taichi, and Sunny have a "wish" they really want to make it come true. The boys pray earnestly with their hands at the shrine. Then, suddenly, the wish-granting "Ghost Book" resonates with them and gives them a test. Guided by the magic of the Ghost Book, the boys and their homeroom teacher, Ms. Yohko, wander into a different world where ghosts live. The five try to escape from the world through trial and error. It seems that by catching the ghosts and completing the Ghost Book, their wishes will come true and they will be able to escape from this world. Thus, the five work together to challenge the scary ghosts. What are the boys' wish that they really want to make it come true?[2]

Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Takashi Yamazaki
  • Written by   Takashi Yamazaki
  • Based on the Ghost Book picture book series
    • Written by   Hiroshi Saito
    • Illustrated by   Etsuyoshi Miyamoto
  • Chief executive producer   Hiroyasu Matsuoka
  • Executive producers   Satoshi Matsumoto, Tatsuo Shimamura, Takaaki Kabuto, Takashi Honma, Nobuhiro Chiba
  • Co-executive producers   Hisashi Usui, Shuji Abe
  • Produced by   Kenji Yamada, Kazuaki Kishida, Go Abe, Keiichiro Moriya
  • Music by   Naoki Saito
  • Theme song "I Wanna Be Your Ghost"
    • Performed by   Gen Hoshino feat. Ghosts
    • Written, composed, and arranged by   Gen Hoshino
  • Cinematography by   Kozo Shibasaki
  • Edited by   Ryuji Miyajima
  • Production design by   Anri Jojo
  • 1st assistant director   Kohei Adachi
  • Visual effects supervisor   Takashi Yamazaki
  • Visual effects directed by   Kiyoko Shibuya

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Kairi Jo   as   Kazuki Sakamoto, 6th grader
  • Fuga Shibazaki   as   Taichi Kudo, Kazuki's classmate
  • Sonny McClendon   as   Sosuke Sunny Ida, Kazuki's classmate
  • Ayaka Yoshimura   as   Minato Tachibana, Kazuki's classmate
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki   as   owner of mysterious bookstore
  • Yui Aragaki   as   Yoko Hayama, substitute teacher
  • Anne Suzuki   as   Kazuki's mother[3]
  • Yuya Endo   as   Kazuki's father[3]
  • Rie Kugimiya   as   Zukanbo (voice)
  • Tomokazu Sugita   as   Yamabiko (voice)
  • Hiro Shimono   as   Ittan Momen (voice)
  • Akio Otsuka   as   Hyakume (voice)
  • Min Tanaka   as   Jizuri (voice)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

The film's title, director, primary cast, and release date were announced on November 29, 2021.[4] Rie Kugimiya was announced to have joined the cast as a voice actress on February 24, 2022,[5] followed by Anne Suzuki and Yuya Endo that June 22.[3]

Production[edit | edit source]

Principal photography on yokaipedia had wrapped by the time of its announcement on November 29, 2021.[4]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

An advertisement for the film was placed outside the under-construction Hibiya Promenade Building, depicting the characters reacting to the nearby Shin Godzilla statue with the caption "There's Godzilla!"[6]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: yokaipedia/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: yokaipedia (Original Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • GHOSTBOOK: Ghost Book (literal Japanese title)
  • GHOST BOOK (alternate English title)[2]

Foreign releases[edit | edit source]

Though yokaipedia has not yet been released in North America, an English-subtitled version of the film is available on All Nippon Airways' in-flight entertainment.[7]

Reception[edit | edit source]

James Hadfield of The Japan Times gave yokaipedia 3.5 stars out of 5, praising its monster design and Yui Aragaki's performance, but commenting that the film "doesn't pack much emotional punch."[8]

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Toho DVD (December 21, 2022)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • MSRP: ¥3,800 + 380
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Special features: Trailers

Toho Blu-ray (December 21, 2022)

  • Region: B
  • Discs: 2
  • MSRP: ¥5,800 + 580
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Special features: Trailers, behind-the-scenes featurette, live event recordings, editorial meeting special, Shirogumi tour featurette, stickers
  • Notes: All video special features except trailers are on a separate DVD.

Novelization[edit | edit source]

Main article: Novel: yokaipedia.

A novelization of yokaipedia was written by director Takashi Yamazaki and published by Kodansha on June 23, 2022.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Trailer
Theme song trailer
Teaser trailer
Teaser trailer #2

Commercials[edit | edit source]

"Event" TV spot
"Zukanbo" web spot
"Rules of the Book" web spot

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

"I Wanna Be Your Ghost" music video
"I Wanna Be Your Ghost" movie music video

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • yokaipedia contains multiple connections to Takashi Yamazaki's directorial debut, Juvenile.
    • Both of the movies' protagonists are preteen boys with the surname Sakamoto.
    • The parents of both movies' protagonists are played by Anne Suzuki and Yuya Endo.
    • Tetra, the alien robot who stars in Juvenile, makes a cameo appearance in yokaipedia.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Yokaipedia. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 ゴーストブック おばけずかん. Eiga.com. Retrieved on 13 July 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 GHOST BOOK. Japanese Film Database. Retrieved on 11 November 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 鈴木杏×遠藤雄弥「ジュブナイル」から22年越しの再共演! 「ゴーストブック おばけずかん」城桧吏の両親役. Eiga.com (22 June 2022).
  4. 4.0 4.1 山崎貴監督「おばけずかん」を映画化! 新垣結衣×神木隆之介×城桧吏らが参戦. Eiga.com (29 November 2021).
  5. 新垣結衣&神木隆之介、城桧吏ら子役たちに熱いメッセージ! 「GHOSTBOOK」新予告が完成. Eiga.com (24 February 2022). Retrieved on 21 July 2022.
  6. @godzilla_jp (1 July 2022). 【お知らせ】 建設中の日比谷プロムナードビル(仮称)の2Fに、映画『#ゴーストブックおばけずかん』とゴジラのコラボ広告を展開中!映画『ゴーストブック おばけずかん』は7/22(金)公開。#城桧吏 #神木隆之介 #新垣結衣 #星野源 #山崎貴. Twitter.
  7. ANA Sky Channel (PDF) (inflight program). All Nippon Airways. November 2022. pp. 24–25.
  8. Hadfield, James (28 July 2022). ‘Yokaipedia’: Fantasy flick takes a page out of ‘Harry Potter’. The Japan Times.

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