The Great Yokai War (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Yokai Daisenso

Japan, 2005.  Kadokawa Eiga K.K., Nippon Television Network.  Screenplay by Takashi Miike, , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Japanese anime fans and cult fanatics will probably enjoy this film, while others will appreciate its energetic start but soon be bothered by its tedious and repetitive events.  A young boy living in a Japanese suburb is chosen as the figurative warrior in an annual street festival and is soon surprised to find out that the folktales surrounding the festival are actually true. Running into the mountains to retrieve a strange furry pet that he found on a school bus, he is met by a group of Yokai (mythical forest creatures) with magic powers and odd physiognomies who help him destroy an evil villain and save the world from complete destruction. No one can deny the amount of imagination that has gone into the many characters and situations that our adorable little hero encounters, but the film could use a good twenty minute trim and a tighter plot line.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2005

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