Y˘kai daisens˘ (The Great Yokai War)
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A group of grotesque supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore enlist the aid of a young boy recently bestowed with the title of Kirin Rider in defeating a powerful dark overlord who preys on humans and monsters alike in this kid-friendly fantasy from Takashi Miike. As a series of bizarre supernatural incidents plague the Japanese countryside and scores of children go missing, a mysterious series of mechanical monster attacks led by a dark mistress (Chiaki Kuriyama) sends the country into a panicked frenzy. In the midst of the otherworldly chaos, a young boy named Takashi (Ryunosuke… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This noisy, effects-crazed PG-13 adventure might work for 10 year-olds who are beyond Nickelodeon piffle and ready for Japanese splatter."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Takashi Miike's excursion into extravagant and demented fantasy combines folkloric elements with images from contemporary Japanese popular culture."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The Yokai War, when it finally comes, is pretty near an unmitigated disaster, filled with silly special effects and sillier action."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Its warmth and silliness are distracting enough, even when the plot fails."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The end product packs enough punch to please both children and Miike fans alike. That in itself is a great achievment."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"With its scenes of mass destruction in Tokyo and its climactic mushroom cloud, the movie owes a psychic debt to the atomic-monster movies of the 50s and 60s, but its overriding tone is one of endless, giddy invention."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The film makes no more or less sense than Ridley Scott's Legend or Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and in fact has a creaky, blue-gel '80s-ness to it, but for many, keeping up with Miike's cranked output is an end in itself."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It's just twisted enough to be worth a look."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Imagine Kwaidan cross-bred with The NeverEnding Story and directed by Terry Gilliam."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"A fable of childhood's end with monsters, Miike's goofy, gallant, action-packed fantasy deserves to become a classic family film."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... Miike's epic undertaking is probably best appreciated as the first stab at a live-action version of a Hayao Miyazaki ecologically minded extravaganza like Princess Mononoke."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Odd blend of the truly cheesy with a few genuine f/x makes for a cutesy if not exactly thrilling spectacle."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"At just over two slow-moving hours, this picture might well outlast the narrow audience at which it's aimed-very young kids who can read subtitles quickly."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"This is a wild adventure that is not always easy to follow, but it is a font of comedy and macabre imagination with a wonderful Japanese flavor."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A children's film--with a difference."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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