Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)

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Daiei/Kadokawa yokai films
Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters
Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare
Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts
Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare
The Japanese poster for Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png The Great Yokai War (1968)
See alternate titles
Directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Producer(s) Yamato Yahiro, Akihiko Murai
Written by Tetsuro Yoshida
Music by Sei Ikeno
Distributor DaieiJP
Rating Unrated
Running time 79 minutes
(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (妖怪大戦争,   Yōkai Daisensō, lit. The Great Yokai War) is a 1968 tokusatsu horror film produced by Daiei Kyoto, and the second installment in the Yokai Monsters series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 14, 1968 on a double feature with The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The ancient Babylonian demon Daimon, revived by treasure hunters, kills and takes the form of a Japanese magistrate. Japan's native yokai band together to defeat him.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Written by   Tetsuro Yoshida
  • Produced by   Yamato Yahiro, Akihiko Murai
  • Music by   Sei Ikeno
  • Cinematography by   Hiroshi Imai
  • Edited by   Toshio Taniguchi
  • Production design by   Seiichi Ohta, Shigeru Kato
  • Assistant directing by   Toshiaki Kunihara
  • Director of special effects   Yoshiyuki Kuroda

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Yoshihiko Aoyama   as   Shinhachiro Mayama
  • Akane Kawasaki   as   Chie
  • Osamu Okawa   as   Iori Ohdate
  • Asao Uchida   as   Dainichibo
  • Gen Kimura   as   Saheiji Kawano
  • Takashi Kanda   as   Hyogo Isobe
  • Hanji Wakai   as   Gatekeeper
  • Kenji Wakai   as   Gatekeeper
  • Hinode Nishikawa   as   Subordinate
  • Tokio Oki   as   Yasuzo
  • Tomoo Uchida   as   Dainichibo
  • Gen Kuroki   as   Kappa
  • Kisao Tobita   as   Kappa (voice)
  • Hiromi Inoue   as   Shinobu
  • Osamu Okawa   as   Iori
  • Ikuko Mori   as   Rokurokubi
  • Chikara Hashimoto   as   Daimon
  • Muneyuki Nagatomo   as   Hyosube
  • Akito Shimaoka   as   Hitotsumekozo
  • Koji Oka   as   Karasutengu

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • The Great Yokai War (literal Japanese title)
  • The Great Yokai Battle (妖怪大合戦,   Yōkai Daigassen, early Japanese title)[1]
  • Ghosts on Parade (alternate English title)[2]

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

U.S. release[edit | edit source]

In June 1968, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare played alongside Gamera vs. Viras at the New Kokusai Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Amuse LaserDisc (1997)

Tokuma Japan DVD (2000)

  • Notes: Released on July 26, 2000

A.D. Vision DVD (2003)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono)
  • Special features: Trailers
  • Notes: Out of print. Also included in the Yokai Monsters: Complete Collection set with Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters and Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts.

DeAgostini Japan DVD (2015)

  • Notes: Released in January 6, 2015, packaged in Biweekly Daiei Special Effects Movie DVD Collection No. 10.

Kadokawa Blu-ray + DVD (2021)[3]

Arrow Video Blu-ray (2021)[4]

  • Region: B
  • Discs: 3

Videos[edit | edit source]

Japanese Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare trailer
Full movie (English subtitles)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for The H-Man/Sandbox/Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Revive! A Giant Collection of Yokai Movies!!. Takeshobo. 1 July 2005. p. 62. ISBN 4812422655.
  2. Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. 1994. p. 304. ISBN 0786421266.
  3. 【Amazon.co.jp限定】妖怪百物語 4K修復版(2枚組)(大映妖怪三部作購入特典:復刻版「5円引きブロマイド」10枚セット引換シリアルコード付き) ※特典引き換えには対象3作品の購入が必要です※[Blu-ray]. Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved on 10 June 2021.
  4. Yokai Monsters Collection Limited Edition. Arrow Films (10 August 2021).
  5. Gamera Pictorial Treasured 55 Years of Daiei Films. p. 139. ISBN 4-8124-0166-6.

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