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A young boy called Tadashi Ino (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is chosen to be a "Kirin Rider" -- one who protects virtuous things from evil spirits. He's immediately put to the test by Lord Kato Yasunori (Etsushi Toyokawa), a malevolent force who sows chaos and destruction in the countryside. As young children go missing and evil mechanical monsters attack, Tadashi must retrieve a mythical sword from the Great Goblin to save the populace. Standing in his way are mountain-dwelling ghouls.

Cast & Crew

Ryûnosuke Kamiki
Tadashi Ino
Bunta Sugawara
Shuntaro Ino
Etsushi Toyokawa
Lord Kato Yasunori
Kiyoshirô Imawano
General Nurarihyon
Seiko Iwaido
Kawahime, the River Princess
Masaomi Kondô
Shojo, the Kirin Herald
Takashi Okamura
Azuki-Bean Washer
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
Executive Producer
Hideo Yamamoto
Cinematographer
Kôji Endô
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (5)

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

    August 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.

    August 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.

    July 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.

    June 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.

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

    September 22, 2005 | Full Review…

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  • 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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