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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

Cast

Hideaki Ito
as Minamoto no Hiromasa
Eriko Imai
as Mitsumushi
Yui Natsukawa
as Sukehime
Kenichi Yajima
as Fujiwarano Morosuke
Akira Emoto
as Fujiwarano Motokata
Masato Hagiwara
as Prince Sawara
Mai Hosho
as Ghost Woman
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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…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.

May 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
Newsday
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
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The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.

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.

April 24, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Onmyoji

½

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
Kylie B

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