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Director:
Writers:
Hiroshi Aramata (novel)
Takashi Miike (screenplay) ...
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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:
Not one of my favorite Miike films, but even mediocre Miike still makes a good film 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:
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:
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 Daikaijû Gamera (1965)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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not one of my favorite Miike films, but even mediocre Miike still makes a good film, 30 October 2006
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Miike makes a children's adventure film, not unlike The Neverending Story. It's actually one of my least favorite of the director's films. Even the worst Miike is better than a good many films, though, and The Great Yokai War has a lot in it that's worth recommending. It's at least as loud and obnoxious as most American kiddie flicks. I might think kids themselves would find a lot to like in it (the DVD includes an English dub), but, like all of Miike's films, it can tend to move very slowly. That means you've got kind of a weird unevenness, where sometimes there's a loud action sequence and the next scene will drag on forever as characters converse. The story itself isn't very good, either, and Miike's perpetual flaw of incoherency rears its ugly head. Most of what I liked came from the technical side of things. This has to be Miike's most expensive movie, and it looks fantastic. "Yokai" are Japanese spirits, and they come in all different, fantastical forms, and the costume designers, special effects crew, and everyone else involved in the designs just did an outstanding job. I've seen the 1968 film this one is supposedly based on (Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare), and the cheesy rubber-suit monsters you can find there have been transformed into more believable entities using state-of-the-art makeup and special effects. I especially liked the look of one of the bad guys (or girls, in this case), Agi, who sports dark eye shadow, a tight, white outfit, a white beehive hairdo and a whip. She's played, incidentally, by Chiaki Kuriyama, whom you might remember as Lucy Liu's teenage henchgirl in Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The hero of the film is played by Ryunosuke Kamiki, who provided voices for Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.

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