The Great Yokai War

2005

The Great Yokai War

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A group of grotesque supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore enlist the aid of a young boy recently bestowed with the title of Kirin Rider in defeating a powerful dark overlord who preys on humans and monsters alike in this kid-friendly fantasy from Takashi Miike. As a series of bizarre supernatural incidents plague the Japanese countryside and scores of children go missing, a mysterious series of mechanical monster attacks led by a dark mistress (Chiaki Kuriyama) sends the country into a panicked frenzy. In the midst of the otherworldly chaos, a young boy named Takashi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is named Kirin Rider at a rural shrine festival and sent into the hills to claim his sword from the Great Goblin as local legend dictates. Arriving at his destination to find that the mountain is populated by a variety of ghoulish inhabitants visible only to his eye, Takashi pledges to save his new Yokai friends and put an end to the apocalyptic plot set into motion by an evil entity determined to destroy mankind.

Cast

Ryûnosuke Kamiki
as Tadashi Ino
Bunta Sugawara
as Shuntaro Ino
Etsushi Toyokawa
as Tasunori Kato
Kiyoshiro Imawano
as Gen. Nurarihyon
Mai Takahashi
as Kawahime
Takashi Okamura
as Azuki-Bean Washer
Sadao Abe
as Kawataro
Kenichi Endo
as Ou Tengu
Toshie Negishi
as Sunakake Baba
Asumi Miwa
as Rokuro-Kubi
Hiroshi Aramata
as Demon Prince
Natsuhiko Kyougoku
as Demon Prince
Shigeru Mizuki
as Demon King
Toshiya Nagasawa
as Abe no Seimei
Shiro Sano
as Sata's Editor
Akira Emoto
as Screaming Farmer
Minori Fujikura
as Bake-Neko
Mame Yamada
as Noderabô
Hiromasa Taguchi
as Ippon Tadara
Tokitoshi Shiota
as Mouryo/Gozu
Rei Yoshii
as Yuki Onna
Miyuki Miyabe
as School Teacher
Yu Tokui
as Police Officer
Kanji Tsuda
as Tadashi's Father
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

  • This noisy, effects-crazed PG-13 adventure might work for 10 year-olds who are beyond Nickelodeon piffle and ready for Japanese splatter.

    Aug 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • With its scenes of mass destruction in Tokyo and its climactic mushroom cloud, the movie owes a psychic debt to the atomic-monster movies of the 50s and 60s, but its overriding tone is one of endless, giddy invention.

    Aug 12, 2006 | Full Review…
  • ... Miike's epic undertaking is probably best appreciated as the first stab at a live-action version of a Hayao Miyazaki ecologically minded extravaganza like Princess Mononoke.

    Jul 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Takashi Miike's excursion into extravagant and demented fantasy combines folkloric elements with images from contemporary Japanese popular culture.

    Jun 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • The film makes no more or less sense than Ridley Scott's Legend or Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and in fact has a creaky, blue-gel '80s-ness to it, but for many, keeping up with Miike's cranked output is an end in itself.

    Jun 27, 2006
  • Odd blend of the truly cheesy with a few genuine f/x makes for a cutesy if not exactly thrilling spectacle.

    Sep 22, 2005 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Great Yokai War

  • Sep 04, 2011
    Very imaginative and fun.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2011
    My god how did he go from Making Ichi the Killer "Takashi Miike" to making a children's (Kids) fantasy movie with such bizarre horror yet fantastically photography and elements to do with it. By horror I mean some of the creatures are just so freighting and some are so colourful and alive. I would also like to thank Jesse P for reminding me about this I can easily forget this after watching Spirited Away (because the two films are alike). I must say for the first time we see Miike creative detail come right out of him when he is no dreaming up the most disgusting way to die, these creatures no doubt came from Japanese's mythology (I myself am Korean) to bring this spectacular that no doubt can prove that Miyazaki isn't the only one around with talent. A young boy is moving because of his parents divorce and they stop at a festival where for some reason he is chosen to be a "Kirin Rider" to protect all things that are good. And he himself must lead this war in the spirited world against all things that are evil even though he himself wants nothing to do with it. It is like something Miyazaki would make with all the detail and designs on creatures though its not animated. And I think Miike himself drew all this himself which proves he doesn't have that much of a messed up mind. The creatures them selves are frighting yet some are really amazing looking "but still can be strange" The prove they can act I admit but it isn't always strong most times. The visuals are breathtaking but it always proves that a film doesn't always have to be on CGI. This movie does something different when it comes to that. The last thing I will see is the music really good and I think that's it. Where the hell was this movie when I was young? Come to a close and I say see it if you love this stuff. Still one of the trippiest things i have seen, An acid trip you would fuck you up while watching this.
    Ariuza k Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2010
    It was interesting to see the "live versions" of the Yokai's which I have been fascinated with. I really enjoyed the beginning of the film, in fact all three beginnings were nice, cool and strange, but the ending was lame. The pacing was off, some parts were rushed others dragged by. This film was aimed towards children which is strange that the most cool part happens right at the beginning. In fact what made the ending so lame was that it wasn't even a yokai war, it was one rogue yokai vs. the child Kirin Rider. That can hardly be called war. I really wanted to like this, but it was just meh.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2008
    Aided by friendly Yokai (spirits), a cowardly boy must overcome his fears to avert the destruction of Tokyo. Fun and visually impressive family fantasy from "extreme" Japanese director Takashi Miike; the best part are the dozens upon dozens of Yokai, each unique, from a turtle man to a woman with an infinitely extensible neck to a living umbrella. Amereican kids would love it, except for the subtitles.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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