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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
THE GREAT YOKAI WAR
"When does Takashi Miike sleep?" -Boston Globe
½ "The film is terrific --
action-packed, full of weird creatures...scary in the manner of good fairy tales and jam-packed with complex emotions." -TV Guide
"This is the first time Miike, a master of absurd cinema, has tried his hand at a kids
movie. The result is the type of creepy, low-fi, live-action fantasy that hasn't been
made since the '80s...So preposterously strange is this movie that it manages to be both
incredibly new and nostalgic at the same time." -Time Out Chicago
Critics Choice! "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." -Chicago Reader
Strange things are happening in Japan. A calf is born with a human head that bellows,
"Evil is coming!" Children are disappearing and terrifying beasts made of rusty machine
parts are attacking people under the direction of a sinister mistress (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. At a rural shrine festival in the
middle of this chaos, young Tadashi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is picked to assume the role of
the Kirin Rider, a mythic figure meant to claim a legendary sword guarded by the Great
Goblin, who dwells in the local mountain. Proving his courage, Tadashi ventures up the
mountain and discovers that it is the home of the Yokai, who are only visible to the
young man, thanks to his new status. It turns out that the wave of villainy is not the
work of the Yokai, but of a dark overlord who preys on the ghosts and goblins themselves.
Only Tadashi the Kirin Rider and his sword can save the world from this demonic
apocalypse, with some help from his Yokai friends!
Directed by Takashi Miike, Japan ,
2005, 35mm, 124 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.