Onmyoji (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
R (for violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Mansai Nomura
as Seimei
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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

April 25, 2003
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
New York Times
Top Critic

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

April 24, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Onmyoji

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Strange but very entertaining.


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.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

Something is missing beyond the variable quality of the CGI-effects. What's missing is conviction, a sense that these are real people instead of actors in ornate costumes stepping gingerly through antique sets.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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