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The first film in a series that inspired the recent Great Yokai War.
Directed by a veteran of the Zatoichi series and the excellent
samurai/horror/kaiju film, Daimajin, this film is ably done and moves
along at a good pace. The plot isn't much as it's a rather typical
samurai and upper classes oppress the poor story. It's the yokai
element that gives the film something to watch.
The yokai are all clearly rubber marionette puppets or actors in suits so you have to watch with different expectations, sort of a stage show with puppets. It's the design and spooky atmosphere that makes this fun. The final dance of the yokai as they go off into the sunrise is a great scene and made the movie for me.
Not a great film but fun.
This is one of the three great Japanese Yokai movies that ADV has released. All the monsters in it are based on Japanese folklore and traditional art. It isn't as silly as "Spook Warfare" (Yôkai daisensô), which was more of a kids comedy, but it is still a lot of fun and has some genuinely creepy moments. The plot is about a wicked developer who is brutally trying to drive people out of an apartment building and destroy a nearby shrine. Of course this makes the the Yokai monsters angry and they retaliate. Movies like this are almost as much about the monsters though as the plot. Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters has some funny monsters and great costumes for a 60's Japanese monster flick. I recommend it.
THE HUNDRED MONSTERS is a very bizarre little Japanese film and the
first part of a 'YOKAI MONSTERS' trilogy. These films were remembered
in the new millennium when none other than Takashi Miike directed his
own version of the story (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR). Like other period
monster flicks from Japan in the 1960s such as DAIMAJIN, THE HUNDRED
MONSTERS feels very much like a traditional samurai movie with added
The story is a simple and familiar one about some ruthless property developers kicking a bunch of worthwhiles out of their homes. Even worse, they destroy a sacred shrine in the process. This storyline could be told in any country or era, but at least the characters are sufficiently interesting to keep viewers watching. And then we have the monsters, which are among the most bizarre ever filmed. I can't really describe them here, but there's stuff that'll have your jaw dropping, particularly the umbrella monster. A mix of practical and visual effects combine very well to create some fantastic scenes that certainly stick in the mind.
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