“The Great Yokai War” is a 2005 Japanese children’s film about a young boy who discovers a hidden world that threatens to destroy Tokyo and all humanity. Let’s look at “The Great Yokai War”… In 10 Screencaps Or Less!™
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Key plotpoints of this film are pictured below. You have been warned!
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A young boy named Tadashi moves to a small town after the divorce of his parents. During a local festival, Tadashi is crowned that year’s “Kirin Rider,” the defender of all children from evil spirits. Much to Tadashi’s surprise, this is not an honorary title. Soon, he’s befriending cuddly Yokai (spirits) like Sunekosuri, and even brandishing the mystical sword of the Kirin Rider.
Lord Kato is a demon who seeks revenge on the humans who consume everything in their path…
To destroy humanity, Kato becomes the world’s most evil recycler EVER–capturing innocent Yokai and turning them into mechanical monsters who seek (naturally) to destroy Tokyo.
Tadashi and a handful of brave Yokai attempt to convince the other good Yokai to fight Kato. But the others want nothing to do with it.
So Tadashi and friends hitch a ride back to Tokyo on the wing of an airplane…
… and fight alone against the hordes of Lord Kato.
Good News: The tears of the Rider can transform mutated Yokai back to normal…
Bad News: Those tears cannot actually heal the wounds mutated Yokai receive in battle.
Everything looks lost until a Magic Bean™ falls into Kato’s machinery, and blows his entire installation to hell…
… and the hero Tadashi rides off victoriously on his new horse/dragon.
Tomorrow, we see what “The Great Yokai War” can teach us about product management.
This film features a number of special effects, ranging from Power Ranger-bad to really quite clever and disturbing. Some of the most memorable include:
- walls with eyes
- girls without faces
- women with unusually long necks
- robots with chainsaw hands
- needlessly graphic stabbing
- and a ghost mom carrying her dead infant
Rated PG-13 for a reason, folks.