Tom Russo
November 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

EW PICK

After contracting ”Monmow Disease,” which turns people into werewolf-like beasts, a doctor travels from decadent Japanese palaces to South African slums seeking a cure in Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito.

For Fans of…
Medical thrillers and gekiga-style art.

Does It Deliver?
This dark epic with oddball elements (a dancer performs something called ”the human tempura”) is a smart, redemptive, and nicely bizarre study of human nature.

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