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Director:
Writers:
Hiroshi Aramata (novel)
Takashi Miike (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 August 2005 (Japan) See more »
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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:
Miike unleashes his imagination in less deviant lands 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shigeru Mizuki himself appears briefly in the film as the Demon King.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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Movie Connections:
References Zebraman (2004)See more »

FAQ

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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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Miike unleashes his imagination in less deviant lands, 13 November 2005
Author: Simon Booth from UK

Billed as Takashi Miike's "first family film" - by people who haven't seen Zebraman, presumably. YOKAI DAISENSO takes things even further in the direction of family-friendliness, diluting the darkness and cynicism to create a grand fantasy fairy tale. A young boy is chosen by fate to save the world from monsters and horrors of which they remain largely unaware. The film is evidently bigger budget than anything else Miike has done, with lots of CGI to create fantasy world populated by odd creatures (the YOKAI). Perhaps the lack of extreme content is a consequence of more nervous investors, but I think it's probably just that he wanted to do something different. He's really never been a one-trick pony, but often gets accused of it - perhaps YOKAI is designed to silence those critics. Regardless, it's a great project for Miike to channel his boundless imagination and invention into.

There's a very cartoonish feel to the production, evoking thoughts of Miyazaki in places. The Yokai are based on an old series of comics that were in turned based on Japanese folk tales, which certainly influenced Miyazaki as well (particularly SPIRITED AWAY). It must remembered that Miike has nothing like the budget of a Harry Potter film to work with, so the special effects aren't going to be seamless Hollywood style work - some blue-screening is especially obvious. Some of the special effects are great though, with some very well animated creatures (a mix of CG, stop-motion and puppetry). I think the little sock-puppet that follows the hero around for much of the film was *meant* to look really cheap, and is all the cuter for it :) The young lad who plays the hero of the film does a really good job - it's so hard to find a pre-teen who actually understands the concept of acting, but 9 year old Ryunosuke Kamiki is a genuine talent (I see he did voices in the last 2 Miyazaki films!). Chiaki Kuriyama is delicious as the villainess of the piece, though Mai Takahashi made an even greater impression as the pixie-eared River Princess - yum yum! Those looking for another violent, perverted gangster film aren't going to find what they're looking for in YOKAI, but if you're a fan of Miike because of his imagination and wit, there's plenty to satisfy here. And it has the added bonus that you can happily put it on whatever company you've got :)

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