Onmyoji (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

For Americans, accustomed to more polished effects and far more violent action, Onmyoji is bound to appear tame and a tiny bit precious.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The worst foreign film I have ever seen in the theater.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

Rarely solemn or dull, and Takita holds its disparate parts together fairly well.

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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

The tone is loose and jokey enough to stave off heaviness.

Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Should strike a strong chord among fans of Japanese period films, particularly those with a mythical, mystical bent like Ugetsu and Kwaidan.

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John Anderson

Crazier than a rat in a can, but certainly fun.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Goofy and campy and unabashedly old-fashioned, from the silent-era acting technique to the overwrought direction.

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