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Release Date:
6 August 2005 (Japan) See more »
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 »
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  (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
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
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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Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and scary images
USA:124 min | UK:104 min (Leeds International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Zebraman (2004)See more »


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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Great Fantasy Movie from Japan, 12 May 2014
Author: ebiros2 from United States

The original concept of this story is based on 1968 movie that was created by comic artist Shigeru Mizuki who single handedly started the genre of Yokai (Japanese folk lore monsters) based stories. In this version, along with Mizuki, writers Miyuki Miyabe, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, and Hiroshi Aramata contributed their creative talent to the story.

Tadashi Ino (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a wimp of a kid, but on the night of the town festival, he gets chosen to be the Kirin Rider. Kirin Rider has obligation to get the sword of Great Goblin from the mountain, and Tadashi embarks on a journey to the mountain where the Great Goblin resides. In the mountain Tadashi is met by Yokai monsters who were waiting for him. Covertly they chose him as Kirin Rider to battle the dark army of Yasunori Kato who is an embodiment of the grudge of ancient Japanese people. Together with Yokai, Tadashi faces the deadly army of Kato.

The movie was a big budget movie ( approx. 14M USD ) for a Japanese movie, and uses effective balance between CG and live performers that helps to maintain the realistic looks throughout the story. Ryunosuke Kamiki puts in a great performance as the main character despite his age (of 10). The cast reads like who's who of popular Japanese actors, and writers Mizuki, Kyogoku, Aramata, and Miyabe all makes cameo appearance in this movie.

This is probably the best movie Takashi Miike has directed, helped by solid script written by the aforementioned team of writers.

This is one of the best fantasy movie to come out of Asia, and is entertaining to both children and adults.

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