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Onmyoji

Onmyoji (2001)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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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

Aug 12, 2003

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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.

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

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

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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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.

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

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: 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.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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The worst foreign film I have ever seen in the theater.

May 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Should strike a strong chord among fans of Japanese period films, particularly those with a mythical, mystical bent like Ugetsu and Kwaidan.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Goofy and campy and unabashedly old-fashioned, from the silent-era acting technique to the overwrought direction.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

What's missing is conviction, a sense that these are real people instead of actors in ornate costumes stepping gingerly through antique sets.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The quality of the CGI-heavy special effects is variable ... but the demon zombies and Doson's cackling familiar are crowd pleasers.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.
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