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Director:
Writers:
Hiroshi Aramata (novel)
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Release Date:
6 August 2005 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Great Yokai War See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Tadashi Ino (as Ryuunosuke Kamiki)
Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Sata

Chiaki Kuriyama ... Agi
Bunta Sugawara ... Shuntaro Ino
Kaho Minami ... Youko Ino
Riko Narumi ... Tataru Ino
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Lord Yasunori Kato
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

Naoto Takenaka ... Lamp-Oil
Ken'ichi Endô ... Ou Tengu
Renji Ishibashi ... Ou Kubi
Toshie Negishi ... Sunakake Baba
Asumi Miwa ... Rokuro-Kubi
Hiroshi Aramata ... Demon Prince
Natsuhiko Kyôgoku ... Demon Prince
Shigeru Mizuki ... Demon King
Toshiya Nagasawa ... Abe no Seimei
Shirô Sano ... Sata's Editor
Akira Emoto ... Screaming Farmer
Minori Fujikura ... Bake-Neko
Mame Yamada ... Noderabô
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Ippon Tadara
Tokitoshi Shiota ... Mouryo / Gozu
Rei Yoshii ... Yuki Onna
Miyuki Miyabe ... School Teacher
Yu Tokui ... Police Officer
Kanji Tsuda ... Tadashi's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Alt ... Yokai Extra
Honkon
Tôru Hotohara
Itsuji Itao
Arimasa Ohsawa
Salmon Sakeyama (as Sakeyama Saamon)
Mao Sasaki ... Sune-kosuri (voice)
Yôji Tanaka ... Yoichi's father
Hiroko Yoda ... Frog yokai

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Hiroshi Aramata (novel)

Takashi Miike (screenplay) &
Mitsuhiko Sawamura (screenplay) &
Takehiko Itakura (screenplay)

Produced by
Fumio Inoue .... producer
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa .... executive producer: Kadokawa Eiga
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Production Design by
Hisashi Sasaki 
 
Art Direction by
Shinsuke Kojima 
 
Makeup Department
Kakusei Fujiwara .... special makeup effects artist
Tomo Hyakutake .... special makeup effects artist
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Peter 'Duck' McDonald .... sound mixer
Jun Nakamura .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
 
Stunts
Keiji Tsujii .... stunt coordinator
 
Casting Department
Natsuhiko Kyôgoku .... casting: monsters
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michiko Kitamura .... costumer
 
Other crew
Miyuki Miyabe .... production consultant
Shigeru Mizuki .... production consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yôkai daisensô" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and scary images
Runtime:
USA:124 min | UK:104 min (Leeds International Film Festival)
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Trivia:
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 »
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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Is this film based on the works of Shigeru Mizuki?
How is Yasunori Kato still alive in this film? Didn't he die at the end of DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Great Yokai War, 17 July 2007
Author: I_John_Barrymore_I from United Kingdom

One of director Miike Takashi's very best. It's so good it's difficult to put into words. At nearly fifteen years older than the target audience it thrilled me from beginning to end.

It recalls similar children's films from the 1980s in the sense that (unlike today) those films weren't afraid to scare - there's a lot of nasty detail here that I initially found jarring but soon realised it's nothing different to what I grew up on. The film is a compilation of '80s kid's films conventions. You name it, it's there: a young boy hero thrust from his own unhappy/dysfunctional world into another, inhabited by mythical and mystical goblins; a quest to save both worlds from an evil force; a beautiful heroine he has a crush on; a sadistic henchwoman (Go-Go Yubari from Kill Bill Vol. 1); a lead villain who draws his evil power from something everyone in the world can relate to. But all these genre conventions are given a fresh spin and added depth.

One of the IMDb reviews begins "Where was this film when I was a kid?" and it's a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. Even while watching it I lamented the fact that I hadn't grown up on it; that it wasn't a part of my childhood like Labyrinth, Masters Of The Universe and, to a much lesser extent, The Neverending Story. Those films, and others like The Goonies are recalled but never copied - Miike relentlessly offering us a new take on things.

Poor CGI is a staple of many of his films, sometimes due to budgetary limitations but just as frequently an artistic choice - a desire to present things in an outlandish way. Here the CGI is mostly average, solely due to budgetary limitations, but nevertheless he does a fantastic job of putting on a spectacle. The CG effects combine with traditional puppets, animatronics and truly extraordinary make-up to create a world filled with rich characters (and characterisation) that frequently borders on the visionary.

This ranks as one of the greatest children's films ever made. Not for younger or more sensitive kids though.

Just jaw-droppingly wonderful. See it for yourselves and if you think your kids can handle/appreciate it then show it to them. Let them grow up on The Great Yokai War as some small compensation for the fact you couldn't.

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