The Great Yokai War
The Great Yokai War (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 6, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This noisy, effects-crazed PG-13 adventure might work for 10 year-olds who are beyond Nickelodeon piffle and ready for Japanese splatter.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Takashi Miike's excursion into extravagant and demented fantasy combines folkloric elements with images from contemporary Japanese popular culture.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A fanciful dramatisation of children's scary fantasies in impressive puppetry.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

Steve Biodrowski

The Yokai War, when it finally comes, is pretty near an unmitigated disaster, filled with silly special effects and sillier action.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

... 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.

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Jay Weissberg

Odd blend of the truly cheesy with a few genuine f/x makes for a cutesy if not exactly thrilling spectacle.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's just twisted enough to be worth a look.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Takashi Miike goes spirit overload with <i>The Great Yokai War</i>.<p>2 hours of slow to mid pacing and a few segments of choppy storytelling… More
Greg S
Aided by friendly Yokai (spirits), a cowardly boy must overcome his fears to avert the destruction of Tokyo. Fun and visually impressive family fantasy from… More
Ariuza koraw
My god how did he go from Making Ichi the Killer "Takashi Miike" to making a children's (Kids) fantasy movie with such bizarre horror yet… More
Dean McKenna
Good Japanese kid-friendly fantasy and these grotesque supernatural creatures are funny.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Don't let the cover fool you, or even the source material, this is far from being the usual family friendly flick. It' s far more rewarding from what… More
Marion Ravenwood
It was interesting to see the "live versions" of the Yokai's which I have been fascinated with. I really enjoyed the beginning of the film, in… More