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Teased by his classmates, Takashi feels miserable and alone, that is, until one fateful evening when his life is changed forever. While attending a local festival, he is chosen to be a Kirin Rider, a champion of justice and peace. But little does Takashi know that this isn't all just make believe; it's actually real! Before he knows it, Takashi has embarked on a mission to scale a mountain in the hopes of reclaiming a magical sword from a creature known only as the Great Goblin! And if that epic quest weren't enough, the wizard Kato (Toyokawa Etsushi) is transforming nice little yokai (goblin-type creatures) into unrelenting killing machines, looking to take over the world! Even scarier, the insidious Kato is joined in his nefarious plan by the golden-haired, whip-wielding villainess Aki (Chiaki Kuriyama, from Kill Bill and Last Quarter)!
But Takashi won't have to face these monsters alone; he gets some help from a plethora of yokai pals, including the cunning Shojo (Kondo Masaomi), a kappa named Kawataro (Abe Sadao) and the water princess, Kawahime (Takahashi Mai) just to name a few. Will the evil Kato be successful in his villainous plan or will Takashi and his goblin friends win the day? Valuable lessons about bravery and friendship await in Yokai Daishensho, a winning fantasy spectacle that fans of The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series won't want to miss!
|Product Title:||The Great Yokai War (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version) 妖怪大戰爭 (DTS版) (香港版) 妖怪大战争 (DTS版) (香港版) 妖怪大戦争 （香港版） The Great Yokai War (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Kuriyama Chiaki (Actor) | Okamura Takashi (Actor) | Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Takahashi Mai (Actor) | Miyasako Hiroyuki (Actor) 豐川悅司 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | 岡村隆史 (Actor) | 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 高橋真唯 (Actor) | 宮迫博之 (Actor) 丰川悦司 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | 冈村隆史 (Actor) | 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 高桥真唯 (Actor) | 宫迫博之 (Actor) 豊川悦司 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | 岡村隆史 (Actor) | 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 高橋真唯 (Actor) | 宮迫博之 (Actor) Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Kuriyama Chiaki (Actor) | Okamura Takashi (Actor) | Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Takahashi Mai (Actor) | Miyasako Hiroyuki (Actor)|
|Director:||Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi|
|Subtitles:||Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Universe Laser (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004107767|
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonese: Dolby EX
- Japanese: Dolby EX, DTS ES
* DVD Type: DVD-9
Director: Takashi Mike
Now, all over Japan, children begin to disappear, and terrifying monsters start attacking people. This is the work of evil spirits antipathetic to the realm of human existence. Their villainy also extends to the ancient sprits of Japan, who begin one by one to fall victim. This is following the story of one of the Japanese Tales.
The country’s ancient spirits, Shojo, the Kirin Herald, Kawahime, the River Princess, Kawataro, the Kappa River Sprite, the Azuki-Bean Washer and the others, join with Tadashi, the Kirin Rider in a battle to the finish with the Yomotsumono, the cursed evil army.
Tadashi’s adventure promises to be full of surprises! This journey is more exciting and modern than the Legend Japanese Cartoon "Gegege no Kitarou".
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Ah, Miike. Always unpredictable, (almost) always entertaining. A new Miike film is an event these days and his big budget kids film The Great Yokai War is no exception. It's a film that we've been following around here for quite a while now and judging by the packed house at the Toronto International Film Festival screenings, we weren't the only ones anticipating this one. The verdict? It's not quite the all round success that last years Zebraman was, but it's still an awful lot of fun.
The film revolves around the titular yokai and a young boy named Tadashi. The yokai are major figures of Japanese folklore, spirits that inhabit virtually everything. Some are friendly, some are not, but they are all around us. The villainous Kato, who was once human but has become a demon, is incensed at the way humans use and discard everyday items - in effect using and discarding the yokai who live within those items with no regard for the yokai's feelings - and is determined to bring retribution. With the help of the beautiful and menacing Agi - played by the fantastic Kuriyama Chiaki of Kill Bill and Battle Royale fame - Kato rounds up as many of the yokai as he can and forcibly joins them to discarded pieces of machinery, a process that transforms them into hideous killing machines that he plans to unleash on humanity.
Who can stop Kato's abuse of the yokai and prevent the destruction of humanity? That task falls to Tadashi. A young boy of ten or eleven, Tadashi has moved into rural Japan with his mother following his parents' divorce, with his sister and father staying behind in Tokyo. He is a quiet, sensitive boy, teased ruthlessly by his classmates and frequently mistaken for his dead uncle by his eccentric grandfather. When Tadashi is selected the Kirin Rider at the local village festival, he becomes, by default, humanity's chosen savior and must travel up the Goblin Mountain to the Great Goblin's cave and retrieve the magical sword that will help him to defend the land.
Miike's unstoppable energy and bizarre sense of humor are on full display here. The yokai themselves - classic characters such as the kappa and tanuki to the hysterically funny wall yokai, which is nothing more than a wall with arms and legs sticking out, and the yokai, which does nothing but wash and count his beans - are visual gold in Miike's capable hands. Necks extend wildly, a rice paper wall grows eyes in every panel, an umbrella hops around dangling its enormous tongue...you can never be certain what's around the next corner. He breaks out all the tricks in the book, from high gloss CG to low tech sock puppets and hits absolutely all stops in between. The film is loaded with his bizarre bursts of humor - Tadashi's grandfather is good for a handful of baffling non-sequitors - and he has a pair of absolutely brilliant villains in Kato and Agi.
Where the film stumbles somewhat is in its young lead. Not that the actor playing Tadashi is weak - he seems quite good, actually - but Miike gives him very little to do. The basic range goes like this: look surprised and yell, look scared and yell, look angry and yell. And sometimes cry because people are mean to you. That's a lot of yelling from the central character and it becomes a bit one-note after a while. As always, Miike is to be congratulated for sneaking a surprising amount of subtext into the film - Tadashi dealing with his family's break up and what it means to grow up are major threads - but he unfortunately undercuts himself by leaving Tadashi rather two dimensional for long stretches of film. A fun film and wildly entertaining for the most part, but it doesn't quite reach the stature of truly top flight Miike.
The recently released Hong Kong edition of the film is a stellar example of the rapidly rising quality standards in Hong Kong DVDs. This two-disc set is, by far, the highest quality release I have ever seen from Hong Kong's Universe Entertainment. Packaged in a very heavy gauge outer box - all the lettering is silver, and it just generally looks much better full size in real life. The discs themselves come in an equally heavy gauge mock wood grained gatefold. Disc one contains the feature itself treated to a gorgeous anamorphic transfer with the Japanese audio in 5.1 and DTS streams and a Cantonese dub in 5.1. The English subtitles are excellent, well translated and easy to read. The prize, however, is the second disc, which is absolutely loaded with features. There are two goofy, ulta lo-fi Yokai shorts clocking in at sixteen and fourteen minutes respectively; fifty minutes of cast interviews; a thirteen minute reel from an international yokai conference with Miike in attendance; a seventeen minute press conference; a twenty seven minute documentary tracking the young star through the production process; a forty one minute making of documentary and, finally, an extensive catalog of different yokai creatures with full details on their history and background. The best part? Everything, absolutely everything, comes with English options. The lack of a commentary track is unfortunate, but Miike being as busy as he is, seldom takes the time to record commentaries for any of his films. That being the case, the only thing you could possibly say is lacking is an English dub for those who want to share the film with their children. Beyond that this is an absolutely perfect release and comes with our highest recommendation.
By Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net
Miike Takashi, director of such disturbing films as Audition and Ichi the Killer, gets kid-friendly in The Great Yokai War, a film that could, in some respects, be seen as Japan's answer to the Star Wars,, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises. This modern day re-imagining of Kuroda Yoshiyuki's 1968 film of the same name stars Kamiki Ryunosuke as Tadashi, the meek child of a divorced couple. While his father and older sister reside in Tokyo, Tadashi has joined his mother (Minami Kaho) and his grandfather (Sugawara Bunta) in the countryside. As a city kid, Tadashi has a tough time adjusting to rural life, in no small part due to the fact that a) his mother stays out late, b) his grandfather is practically senile, and c) bullies in school take great pleasure in picking on him every chance they get. And they say country life is supposed to be relaxing.
Things get even more intense when Tadashi attends a local festival. As is customary, a person is chosen at random to be a Kirin Rider, a legendary figure who is entrusted with the sacred task of scaling a mountain and claiming a magical blade from the mythical Great Goblin. To his great shock, Tadashi is picked to be the Kirin Rider, and it isn't long before he starts believing that the "quest story" he was told isn't just a fairytale. After talking things over with his grandfather, Tadashi ventures out to the mountain alone, and soon finds himself befriending a small, furry creature called Sunekosuri, one of the first of many (and I mean MANY) Yokai (goblins) he'll encounter during this grand adventure.
Unbeknownst to Tadashi, an evil wizard named Kato (Toyokawa Etsushi) is wreaking vengeance on both the real and spirit world by abducting harmless little yokai and throwing them into his huge mechanical engine of doom. Once inside this device, these generally pleasant creatures are transformed into unrelenting killing machines, all of whom mindlessly serve their new master in his quest to not only kidnap children from their homes, but annihilate the entire planet. Why? Well, he's mad at the world for its wasteful ways. Apparently, whenever humans throw away anything for any reasons, there's a sense of resentment attached to that item. Kato has harnessed that hatred, channeling it for his own use. And in his mission for total world domination, Kato is assisted by Aki (Kuriyama Chiaki) a sexy, but strange white-haired yokai whose blind love for Kato has made her turn against her goblin brethren. If you thought Kuriyama's turn as Go Go Yubari in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was villainous, wait until you see Aki - she's one tough customer, whip and all.
With Sunekosuri captured by the enemy and the Earth threatened with total destruction, Tadashi chooses to help the yokai. Thankfully, he doesn't have to fight alone, as he's joined by the upbeat Kirin Herald Shojo (Kondo Masaomi), the incorrigible Kappa ("Water Sprite") Kawataro (Abe Sadao), and the beautiful river princess Kawa-hime (Takahashi Mai). But will this small band of heroes be enough to save the world? Will Tadashi conquer his fears and vanquish the evil Kato? And even more importantly, will Tadashi remember to call his mom to let her know he'll be coming home late?
Although The Great Yokai War may not stack up as one of the better fantasy films from a story-telling perspective, it is a consistently entertaining film. The movie works in large part due to Kamiki Ryunosuke's acting, as his performance helps sell the reality of the film. Although the picture itself may wink at the audience on occasion, Kamiki does not, reacting to the outlandish situations much as one would expect a real kid would. The Yokai creatures themselves are perhaps the most fascinating aspects of the film, some looking like Japanese cousins to the denizens Jim Henson's Creature Shop, while others look to be the product of the latest in CGI technology. Although the production values on The Great Yokai War range from cutting edge to that of an old school Godzilla film, the monsters never fail to interest. There are literally hundreds of them, each with their own title and function. In fact, there are so many of them you need your own scorecard to keep up, a luxury actually provided in the extras of the DVD release. If anything, the Yokai prove to be a nice break from centaurs, unicorns, and other now commonplace mythological figures in Western culture. Although not new to the Japanese, this particular big-screen depiction of the Yokai feels fresh and exciting, possessing more creatures pound for pound than the famous cantina scene in Star Wars, if not the entire double trilogy.
The film possesses a keen sense of humor, often poking fun at the genre itself. Kawataro's cries of discrimination when Tadashi favors the pretty Kawa-hime and the furry Sunekosuri is a hoot, as is his self-aware moment of pointing out genre conventions whenever the heroes are exploring a cave, only to find himself succumbing to the various traps he's tries to warn Tadashi about in the first place. Although the film is funny, it's also a surprisingly poignant fable about one boy's coming of age, his loss of innocence, and his ultimate entrance into adulthood. Of course, he does this by battling an evil wizard and his homicidal steampunk monsters, but it's a coming-of-age tale all the same. While a bit of a mess story-wise, The Great Yokai War is a thoroughly engaging, wildly inventive fantasy film that definitely merits a look from fans of the genre. The film's final scene hints at a sequel, so if there's a Great Yokai War II, consider this reviewer drafted.
Review by Calvin McMillin
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April 1, 2007
|I guess this would only make sense if you are familiar with some Japanese folklore & the cartoon "Gegege No Kitaro". There were some freaky monstrosities created in the anime, Final Fantasy fashion but the story, what there is of one, falls apart & all is resolved in the form of an azuki red-bean? The FF games have more structure than this...maybe you have to 8years old or younger to understand or at least enjoy the thrill of this particular adventure. If you want closure...watch a Power Ranger episode.|
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April 30, 2006
The Great Yokai War Single disc, Widescreen DTS
As far as the one I ordered I can assure that there IS indeed working English subtitles.
The film itself is a little mad (in a Tim Burton kind of way....kind of). The story centered around a young boy, ambles along in a fairly pre determined way. Reality, fantasy, spirits (in a muppet/Labyrinth kind of way....sort of) & if you get to the happy near end, I will just say What the bean!??.
In trying to incorporate a mix of theme & styles it kind of reminded me I hesitate to say, of Casshern. Where as I love Cassherns magical blend of style & story which I consider very successfully done for the film. The Great Yokai War left me a little flat & incomplete; some will perhaps (like my friend) get a little lost.
Not viewed seriously it can be fun (mostly I guess, for the kids who understand Japanese) & bizzarly interesting.
If you thought the spirits in Ghiblis Spirited Away strange, the range of spirits/deamons (Yokai) in this film get truly odd.
Not too bad, it certainly was different; but if you are after a good film for all & have not seen Spirited Away (totally different, & a class far above in my opinion Great Animation) try this first.
If you are after something different & have not seen Casshern then I would say watch this first (again totally different & a class far above taste wise it is perhaps a bit Film, Manga, Final Fantasy).
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March 18, 2006
|This DVD does NOT have English subtitles. There is an 'en' subtitle stream on the DVD, but it has Chinese characters!! The disc is defective, or the packaging and substream ID's are intentionally misleading. You decide.|
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March 9, 2006
|I'm a fan of Takeshi Miike and was excitedly looking forward to his latest movie. The special effects for the yokai in this movie were CGI, full body costume, make-up, or sock puppets. Very funny, very strange. Although definitely a film for children, adults could enjoy it too. Overall, I thought this movie was pretty cute, maybe a little violent for some kids at times, but cute.|