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The Great Yokai War

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Released 2005

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The Great Yokai War

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Director:
Takashi Miike
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
A young boy called Tadashi Ino (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is chosen to be a "Kirin Rider" -- one who protects virtuous things from evil spirits. He's immediately put to the test by Lord Kato Yasunori (Etsushi Toyokawa), a malevolent force who sows chaos and destruction in the countryside. As young children go missing and evil mechanical monsters attack, Tadashi must retrieve a mythical sword from the Great Goblin to save the populace. Standing in his way are mountain-dwelling ghouls.

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  • 75

    Boston Globe Wesley Morris

    A big, silly party.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Narrative coherence is perhaps not among the film's virtues, but its loopy, cluttered story is part of the fun. And a clearer, simpler plot might have required the sacrifice of som...

  • 60

    Variety

    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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