The Great Yokai War

Takashi Miike
Japan, 2005, 124 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
www.yokai-movie.com

Roxie Cinema 2/12, 7p Buy


Ever wonder what it would be like if the most outrageous director on Earth made a fantasy film for children?

"In his most lavish production to date, Miike breathes new life into old spooks. Following last year's Zebraman, The Great Yokai War may be his most family-friendly film yet. The film's hallucinatory, deranged fantasy is reminiscent of H.R. Pufnstuf – but for the spurting bodily fluids and mechanized robots with chainsaw arms that threaten little children."
– Colin Geddes, Toronto International Film Festival

It's tough being ten year-old Tadashi. His mom just got a divorce and moved him and his Grandfather from Tokyo to a small town, where all the kids at his new school pick on him. But he has been chosen as the Kirin Rider, the defender of justice and peace, and he can see the Yokai – magical creatures from Japanese folklore. The next evening, Tadashi hears his Grandpa calling for help from the Goblin Mountain.

Meanwhile, a great evil has been re-awakened, threatening to devour humanity and busily turning the good Yokai into evil rusty bio-mechanical robot monsters. Aiding this monster is the evil spirit Kato and Agi (Chiaki Kuriyama, a.k.a. Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill Vol.1)., a traitor Yokai whose love for the evil Kato compels her to turn against the good spirits. Only Tadashi the Kirin Rider and his sword can save the world from this menace, with some help from his Yokai friends!

Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media.

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