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The Great Yokai War (妖怪大戦争 Yōkai Daisensō?) is a 2005 Japanese fantasy children's film directed by Takashi Miike and produced by Kadokawa Pictures. In the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and on its June 30, 2006, American premiere, in New York City, it was released under the international English title The Great Yokai War by Tokyo Shock.

The Toronto festival site defines Yokai as "bizarre-looking monsters and supernatural beings from Japanese folklore who like to play tricks on unsuspecting humans". Daisensō literally means "great war".

It borrows the title of a 1968 film, which was released in the US by ADV Films as Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, part of the Yokai Monsters series and directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda. Whereas the original used tokusatsu special effects, the 2005 version makes heavy use of stop-motion puppet animation and CGI.

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CastEtsushi Toyokawa
DirectorTakashi Miike
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  2005
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Runtime:  124 minutes
Studio:  Kadokawa-Daiei Eiga K.K.
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Quick Tip by . February 04, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
This is another one of those big budget fantasy films which got a limited theatrical release in the US. Unfortunately the decision to release it here was not the exactly the best one, since one of the main appeals of the story is that it's built on a number of references to Japanese pop culture that most Westerners probably aren't terribly familiar with. The whole production is intended as a homage to the works of Shigeru Mizuki, the great manga artist most known for his work on Yokai-related …
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