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In a time when demons and ghosts threaten to bring total devastation to a powerful kingdom, betrayal from within the powerful ranks of the ruling emperor threatens to bring an entire civilization to its knees in this supernaturally charged martial arts epic from director Yojiro Takita. As dark forces hold a suffocating grip on a once powerful kingdom during the Heian period, the emperor employs the help of the Onmyoji in keeping the malevolent spirits at bay. Though the coming birth of the emperor's heir offers a glimmer of hope for the kingdom's future, an intimate betrayal leaves the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Certainly there are dueling wizards, torchlight swordfights and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon effects. But the moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow."
‑ C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
"For Americans, accustomed to more polished effects and far more violent action, Onmyoji is bound to appear tame and a tiny bit precious."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"The worst foreign film I have ever seen in the theater."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"What's missing is conviction, a sense that these are real people instead of actors in ornate costumes stepping gingerly through antique sets."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"Should strike a strong chord among fans of Japanese period films, particularly those with a mythical, mystical bent like Ugetsu and Kwaidan."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The quality of the CGI-heavy special effects is variable ... but the demon zombies and Doson's cackling familiar are crowd pleasers."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Goofy and campy and unabashedly old-fashioned, from the silent-era acting technique to the overwrought direction."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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