The Great Yokai War

1968 [japanese]

Horror

The Great Yokai War

1968 [japanese]

Horror

6.4

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When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him..

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  • Reviewed by MartinHafer grade 3 / 10

    It's designed for little kids...so I am not the target audience.

    "Yôkai Daisensô" ("Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare") is a Japanese film about an evil demon taking on a whole host of Japanese Yôkai ('spirits' or 'imps') during the feudal era.It all begins in Babylon. The empire crumbled centuries earlier and now two grave robbers accidentally release a very powerful demon, referred to as Diamon in the film, though it looks much like Pazuzu. Regardless, it's very bad, very strong and, apparently, about to go on vacation to Japan. However, the creature's propensity to kill folks and suck their blood causes a few minor problems. One of the weaker Yôkai, a Kappa (water spirit) sees this creature in action and warns the other Japanese Yôkai....who don't believe him. Little did they know that eventually they'd be forced to confront and fight the demon.The biggest problem about this film is technical. The costumes are mostly crappy (even by 60s standards). Now hold on tight....I'm about to say something radical. So many of the 60s Japanese creatures, especially Godzilla and Rodan, were crappy costumed folks that look completely ridiculous today. Now I know many folks adore these films...and I'm glad you enjoy them. But don't mistake them for great art....the special effects are terrible. But in addition to looking awful, the film also apparently was designed to appeal to kids and frankly it takes serious mythological creatures and makes them rather silly and childish. Not a film I enjoyed, though I at least was able to finish it.


  • Reviewed by Leofwine_draca grade 8 / 10

    Wacky and then some

    THE GREAT YOKAI WAR (1968, original title Yokai daisenso, aka YOKAI MONSTERS: SPOOK WARFARE) is the second instalment of the infamously barmy 'yokai monsters' trilogy which gathers together pretty much all of the famous monsters of Japanese folklore and casts them as a force for good. This one opens with tomb raiders in ancient Babylon accidentally unleashing a vampiric demon with the ability to copy itself by draining its victims blood. It soon heads off to Japan where it begins decimating the ranks of a local lord's household, but the yokai monsters aren't about to let this foreign invader stir things up.Where to begin with a film like this? It's an effects-fuelled adventure heavy on the weirdness and the wacky SFX, many of which have dated, but all of which retain their charm. There are umbrella monsters, a woman with two faces, a human-headed snake monster and even a giant walking radish (!) a one point. It plays like a kid's film but it has the blood splashes and death you wouldn't get in a Hollywood kid's film. The action is non-stop and the spooky atmosphere and crazy showdowns are unlike anything you'll see anywhere else. I loved it. A remake (by Takashi Miike, no less) followed in 2005, but this is the real deal.


  • Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies grade 10 / 10

    Magical! Wonderful! Perfect!

    1968 saw the release of Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters, but just seven months later, director Kuroda Yoshiyuki (Daimajin, several Zatoichi films) made this sequel, which takes the main ideas of presenting Japan's native monsters, perhaps finds some inspiration from the manga GeGeGe no Kitaro and the story of Momotaro, take a strong shot of national Japanese pride and remembers that no one cares about the humans in the story. We're here to see monsters. And oh man, are we gonna get them!In the Babylonian city of Ur, the body of the great monster Daimon lies amongst the ruins. That is, until some treasure hunters rouse him from his dark sleep, which leads to him flying to Japan, vampirically taking over the body of samurai Lord Hyogo Isobe.As Isobe, Daimon goes wild, burning all the religious altars, killing the family dog and even rousing a kappa - a "river child" turtle creature who loves to wrestle - from his slumber in the river. Hurt in combat with the much stronger Daimon, the kappa begins his quest to unite the yokai and stop the foul beast.Soon, the kappa meets Kasa-obake (a one-legged umbrella with eyes), Futakuchi-onna (a two-mouthed cursed woman), Rokurokubi (a long-necked woman who often appears in the more adult kaiden stories), Nuppeppo (a clay creature who resembles a blob of meat) and Abura-sumashi (a wise ghost of a human who once stole oil). They tell him that according to coloring books and field guides, no such yokai exists.Meanwhile, Daimon has stopped his attempted exorcism and responded by killing the parents of several children. As his men hunt for the surviving kids, they hide in the yokai shrine. Soon, the monsters realize the kappa was telling the truth and join him in battle, which ends up involving nearly every single monster from across Japan.Takashi Miike remade this movie in 2005 as The Great Yokai War, which also features Kitaro creator Mizuki in a cameo.Seriously, this movie took a bad day and made anything seem possible. This is pure joy on film.


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