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The Great Yokai War
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US DVD cover
Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced by Fumio Inoue
Written by Novel:
Hiroshi Aramata
Takashi Miike
Mitshuiko Sawamura
Takehiko Itakura
Music by Koji Endo
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto
Editing by Yasushi Shimamura
Released August 6, 2005
Running time Special Edition: 124 min.
Theatrical: 111 min.
Budget $10,000,000 USD (estimated)
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The Great Yokai War (妖怪大戦争 Yokai Daisenso) is a 2005 Japanese film based on a Hiroshi Aramata novel and directed by Takashi Miike.


The Great Yokai War tells the story of a young boy named Tadashi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who moves to a small town after his parents get divorced and gets picked to be "Kirin Rider" at a local festival. The title, which equates to being a protector of all things good, proves to be more literal than symbolic as a group of cursed souls wage war on humans and yokai (monsters). Tadashi joins forces with the local yokai and even though he's just a young boy they come to view him as their last ray of hope.


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