Onmyoji (2001)




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In a time when demons and ghosts threaten to bring total devastation to a powerful kingdom, betrayal from within the powerful ranks of the ruling emperor threatens to bring an entire civilization to its knees in this supernaturally charged martial arts epic from director Yojiro Takita. As dark forces hold a suffocating grip on a once powerful kingdom during the Heian period, the emperor employs the help of the Onmyoji in keeping the malevolent spirits at bay. Though the coming birth of the … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Aug 12, 2003
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as Seimei

as Minamoto no Hiromasa

as Mitsumushi

as Sukehime

as Fujiwarano Morosuke

as Fujiwarano Motokata

as Prince Sawara

as Ghost Woman
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Critic Reviews for Onmyoji

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Certainly there are dueling wizards, torchlight swordfights and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon effects. But the moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.

Full Review… | May 1, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
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For Americans, accustomed to more polished effects and far more violent action, Onmyoji is bound to appear tame and a tiny bit precious.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
New York Times
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The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
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An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Onmyoji


A.K.A. The Yin Yang Master, which sounds a bit rubbish. However, my wish to see this did not lead in me being disappointed. The effects and acting aren't always great, but they more than get the job done. In places it is slow paced, but I found the storyline interesting enough to overcome that, and the sets and costumes were really rather special. For me, the highlight was the appearance of a hannya, for which the make up was actually rather good.

Kylie B

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mostly plodding along, with too many plot elements that were lost on me on a tired evening. a pity they cast sanada as a villain, however ito stole the show as a pure, upright man.


A very interesting historical fantasy! There are a few problems with the film though...such as transitions from one scene to another. Regardless, the story is interesting and the scenery and costumes are mesmerizing!

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