|Great Yokai War Special Edition New DVD|
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|Great Yokai War (DVD, 2006, 2-Disc Set)|
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|Great Yokai War (Sub) (2006) - Used - Dvd|
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Average review score based on 4 user reviews
When I had first heard that notorious filmmaker Takashi Miike was delving into the foray of family films, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. After all this is the same fellow who had brought some of the most perverse, gory, and bizarre films to light over here, eg; Ichi the Killer, Audition, Gozu, and Masters of Horror:Imprint. As a fan, I could not resist finding out for myself. The results, I must admit, are quite impressive. The bizarre, and non-linear aspects of his previous films was still there, but in a semi-kid-friendly package. Steeped in the tradition of Japanese folklore, along with the original manga and films (they are based off a series of films released by Toei in the 60's) he presents a dark and challenging film for all ages. In an interview, Miike revealed that his intention was to challenge children because as a child, he recalled that films could be quite frightening, yet still entertaining. I have to agree, the original Star Wars, The Dark Crystal, the Neverending Story and many others I had immensly enjoyed as a child all had dark and disturbing moments that challenged me. Unlike the homogenized Disney tripe and computer-generated animal-friends movies of the weeks that are forced down children's throats these days, these films taught that life can scary and occasionally even dangerous, but ultimately the persevering forces of good will prevail. I feel that Miike achieved his goal. Literally hundreds of cool monsters, horrific villains, epic battles, brilliant special effects, Miike has created a film that could easily sit beside the likes of the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. But I suppose the best judge would be my six year old son who I watched it with, having previously screened it myself (I'm a fan, Miike, but I don't trust you that much, having seen what you're capable of. That's a good thing.). In his own words, "It's kinda sad at times, but it's funny and scary too. It's pretty awesome."
Tokyo Shock has packaged this as a great 2 disc edition, the coolest feature is an extensive monster gallery with photos of all the monsters in the film, along with back-story for several. There are interviews, trailers, documentaries, stills, and several shorts, though entertaining, a lot of the humor may not exactly translate well to most Westerners. All in all a hit, packaged with tons of goodies. Highly recommended.
Azuki Beans?? if you want to watch a kid friendly movie that will keep you as an adult etertained as well watch The Great Yokai War.
This movie is center around a young boy who takes the bus to a mountain in and ends up being involved in a Yokai War. With cool looking monsters , a Kappachan and exciting sequences and a villain who is afraid of red beans what are you waiting for?
This movie looked great...sort of a combination between the Neverending Story and Lord of the Rings...or so I thought. It had some good parts, and the Yokai characters are very memorable, but the ending *really* ruins the whole movie. It seriously left me wondering 'what the f*** was the director smoking?' Apparently, he's known for non-sequitor/non-satifying/non-sensical endings to his movies. In the end, I came away feeling angry that I'd sat through an hour and a half just to really let down in the last 5 minutes.
I was a bit skeptical at first but thats what I get for judging the cover. Its not only fun but it makes you think too. Great for kids and adults alike. Just make sure it is the proper region and has english subtitles when needed!