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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.
For Americans, accustomed to more polished effects and far more violent action, Onmyoji is bound to appear tame and a tiny bit precious.
| Original Score: 2/5
The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.
An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A ghostly and gorgeous tale.
Unless one is Japanese or seriously devoted to its culture, history and lore, a viewer will get immediately lost in this tale of supernatural phenomena.
Succeeds in visual splendor (it was shot on location in Kyoto) but falls flat on characterization.