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Great Yokai War, The
Great Yokai War, The

Yokai Daisenso
Sponsored by: Metro
Montreal Premiere

Japan
2005 | 124 min | 35mm
Japanese language, English subtitles

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Screening Times

July 22nd, 2006
7:30 pm
Hall Theatre
July 23rd, 2006
9:25 pm
J.A. De Seve

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Description

Yokai are major figures of Japanese folklore, spirits that occupy virtually everything in the world around us. Some, such as the turtle-like Kappa, are relatively well known, but there are hundreds of others, maybe even thousands. They are the spiritual element of everything in the world around us, and as such they deserve to be treated with respect. But humanity isn’t much good at respect. We consume, destroy, wear out and discard with no thought to anything but ourselves, a situation very distressing to the yokai, so distressing that the villainous Kato – accompanied by his deadly assistant Agi, played by Battle Royale and Kill Bill’s Chiaki Kuriyama – has concocted an extreme response. Kato is gathering up yokai of all sorts, preying upon the harmless and the weak, and forcibly fusing them with discarded metallic junk to create vicious killing machines that he plans to unleash on humanity. And who must stop Kato’s evil plot? Young Tadashi, a pre-teen boy gone to live in the country following his parents’ divorce. Tadashi is crowned the Kirin Rider at a local festival, a title everyone assumes is honourary until it turns out no, it falls to Tadashi to travel to find the Great Goblin and retrieve the magical sword that is the only hope of defeating Kato.

Give Japanese shock master Takeshi Miike a big budget to make an epic kid’s film and what happens? The Great Yokai War, that’s what happens! Wildly inventive, very funny, rather alarming by local children’s-film standards and layered with a surprising amount of subtext, The Great Yokai War is a Miike film through and through. This is the sort of thing that could come from nowhere other than Miike’s fertile mind. The beautiful thing about giving Miike a film like this is that it gives him opportunity to fully indulge his endlessly creative imagination, and he does not fail. Tadashi may be the hero of the piece, but it is the endless array of yokai that are the true stars. From fearsome goblins, to a neck-extending woman, to a wall that sprouts arms and legs, to a surprisingly heartfelt creature that’s little more than a sock puppet, yokai are everywhere. Miike uses every trick in the book to bring his creatures to life and they never fail to impress, to amuse, to entertain. This is Miike indulging his inner child, and that child is very much alive and well.

—Todd Brown

"Takashi Miike returns with a nominally kiddie-oriented flick that's even likelier to damage malleable psyches than last year’s ZEBRAMAN" – Jason Anderson, EYE WEEKLY

"…Like a Miyazaki tableau reimagined by Sid & Marty Krofft" – Noel Murray, ONION AV CLUB

"THE GREAT YOKAI WAR joins HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS, ICHI THE KILLER and AUDITION as the Miike movies I’ll always love" – Grady Hendrix, KAIJU SHAKEDOWN

Website

http://www.yokai-movie.com

Credits

Director: Takashi Miike
Screenplay: Hiroshi Aramata, Takashi Miike
Cast: Ryuunosuke Kamiki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Bunta Sugawara, Sadao Abe, Etsushi Toyokawa
Producers: Fumio Inoue, Tsuguhiki Kadokawa
Distributor: Media Blasters

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