The Great Yokai War (2005)
|Daiei/Kadokawa yokai films|
The Great Yokai War (妖怪大戦争 is a Yōkai Daisensō)2005 yokai fantasy film co-produced by Kadokawa, Japan Film Fund, and Nippon TV. Shochiku released it to Japanese theaters on August 16, 2005. It serves as a spiritual successor to Daiei's Yokai Monsters trilogy of films from the 1960s, and is a loose remake of Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, the second film in the trilogy.
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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Takashi Miike
- Written by Takashi Miike, Mitsuhiko Sawamura, Tsuyohiko Itakura
- Executive producing by Kazuo Kuroi, Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
- Produced by Fumio Inoue, Shun Shimizu
- Music by Koji Endo
- Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto
- Edited by Yasushi Shimamura
- Production design by Takashi Sasaki
- Assistant directing by Hideyuki Yamamoto
- Theme song "Ai o Utaou" and Insert Song "Oshiete Jiji" performed by Kiyoshiro Imawano, Yosuei Inoue
- Lyrics by Takashi Miike
- Composed by Kiyoshiro Imawano
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Stephanie Sheh as Yoko Ino, Tadashi's mother
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- Main article: The Great Yokai War/Gallery.
- The Yokai War (La Guerre des Yokai; France)
- War of the Demons - The Great Yokai War (Krieg der Dämonen - The Great Yokai War; Germany)
- The War of Ghosts (La Guerra dei Fantasmi; Italy)
- The Great Goblin War (Великая Война Гоблинов; Russia)
- Japan - August 16, 2005
- United States - June 30, 2006 (New York City, New York)
Universe DVD (2006)
- Region: 3
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS ES 6.1)
- Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), English, Chinese (Simplified)
Tokyo Shock DVD (2006)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Japanese, English
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: Making of documentary, cast interviews, World Yokai Conference documentary, yokai profiles, still gallery.
HK Video DVD/Blu-ray (2014)
- Region: B/2
- Discs: 3 (One Blu-ray disc, two DVDs)
- Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD 5.1), French (DTS-HD 5.1)
- Subtitles: French
- Notes: Packaged with Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, and Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts.
- Main article: The Great Yokai War: Guardians.
- Gamera is referenced in the film as the enemy's base flies over Tokyo.
- The manga series Gegege no Kitaro is referenced numerous times throughout the film.
- Tadashi visits Sakaiminato, the town where series creator Shigeru Mizuki was born. Sakaiminato has been turned into a sort of tribute to the mangaka, Tadashi even visiting a museum dedicated to his work.
- Bronze statues of yokai were constructed and distributed throughout Sakaiminato, all in the likeness of the designs Shigeru Mizuki made. One of the ones Tadashi passes is of Kitaro himself.
- A costume character of Nekomusume helps guide Tadashi towards the Shigeru Mizuki museum.
- When rallying the troops, Kuwantaro confronts an Ittan Momen, saying that it was so brave in the Gegege no Kitaro manga.
- When flying to the enemies' base, Kawahime and Tadashi sit in wicker baskets carried by demon crows. This was a common way of transport for Kitaro in his own series.
- Shigeru Mizuki himself appears as the yokai elder.
- Though The Great Yokai War is a loose remake of Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, Kuwantaro and Rokurokubi make a direct reference to the latter, with the stretch-necked woman stating 'she already stuck her neck out once'.
- This film, along with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, are both loose adaptations of Shigeru Mizuki's manga Gegege no Kitaro, more specifically, the Yokai War chapters. Unlike the manga, the war was not fought against Western Yokai, and instead fought Daimon and Kato.
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