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 emperor's heir offers a glimmer of hope for the kingdom's future, an intimate betrayal leaves the fate of the kingdom in the hands of Seimei (Mansai Nomura) -- the most powerful of the Onmyoji. As Seimei prepares to do battle with his former master Doson (Hiroyuki Sanada), the powers of lightness and dark come together for a battle that will determine the fate for generations to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Onmyoji

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

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 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.

May 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
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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.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.

Apr 24, 2003

An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.

Apr 24, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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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