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The Great Yokai War (2005)
"Yôkai daisensô" (original title)

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A young boy is chosen as the defender of good and must team up with Japan's ancient spirits and creatures of lore to destroy the forces of evil.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Tadashi Ino (as Ryuunosuke Kamiki)
Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
Sata
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Agi
Bunta Sugawara ...
Shuntaro Ino
Kaho Minami ...
Youko Ino
Riko Narumi ...
Tataru Ino
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Kiyoshirô Imawano ...
General Nurarihyon
Mai Takahashi ...
Kawahime, the River Princess
Masaomi Kondô ...
Shojo, the Kirin Herald
Sadao Abe ...
Kawataro, the River Sprite
Takashi Okamura ...
Azuki-Bean Washer
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Lamp-Oil
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Ou Tengu
Renji Ishibashi ...
Ou Kubi
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Storyline

This is the story of a young boy who moves to a small town after the divorce of his parents. At a local festival, he becomes an unlikely hero when he is chosen as the "Kirin Rider," a protector of all things good. And he must lead Japan's ancient Yokai spirits in their apocalyptic war against the evil bizarre-looking monsters. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and scary images | See all certifications »
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6 August 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Hobgoblins & the Great War  »

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JPY 1,300,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The climax of Hiroshi Aramata's novel "Teito Monogatari" (where the character of Yasunori Kato originated from) is set in 1998. Hiroshi Aramata also wrote the novel for "The Great Yokai War" which is set in a contemporary time period, around 2005, and arguably a sequel to "Teito Monogatari". See more »

Quotes

Red-Hooded Yokai: Rejoice! It would seem we have won the war.
Youkai Daiou: Won the war? Don't be a fool! There is a limit even to foolishness. Wars must not happen. They only make you hungry.
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References Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988) See more »

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User Reviews

 
gorgeous and imaginative fun fantasy adventure!
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow! So much fun! Probably a bit much for normal American kids, and really it's a stretch to call this a kid's film, this movie reminded me a quite a bit of Time Bandits - very Terry Gilliam all the way through. While the overall narrative is pretty much straight forward, Miike still throws in A LOT of surreal and Bunuel-esquire moments. The whole first act violently juxtaposes from scene to scene the normal family life of the main kid/hero, with the spirit world and the evil than is ensuing therein. And while the ending does have a bit of an ambiguous aspect that are common of Miike's work, the layers of meaning and metaphor, particularly the anti-war / anti-revenge message of human folly, is pretty damn poignant. As manic and imaginatively fun as other great Miike films, only instead of over the top torture and gore, he gives us an endless amount of monsters and yokai from Japanese folk-lore creatively conceived via CG and puppetry wrapped into an imaginative multi-faceted adventure. F'n rad, and one of Miike's best!


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