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Yôkai daisensô (2005)

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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and scary images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

6 August 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Hobgoblins & the Great War  »

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Box Office


JPY 1,300,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film contains several direct references and homages to the work of Shigeru Mizuki, the manga artist who is generally credited with bringing the tradition of yokai tales into the modern day via the comic-book medium. The young hero researches yokai by traveling to Mizuki's birthplace of Sakaiminato and visiting the museum dedicated to his work there; the actual museum, and its bronze statues of his most famous characters, including GeGeGe no Kitaro, are shown in the film. Later in the plot, when the yokai Ittan Momen shows reluctance to fight, another scolds it by saying "You're always really brave in those comics with Kitaro!" See more »


Kawahime, the River Princess: People live in ignorance. Constantly turning a blind eye. Those that let go of their past, have no future.
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References Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988) See more »

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gorgeous and imaginative fun fantasy adventure!
12 March 2006 | by 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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