The Great Yokai War | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

The Great Yokai War 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Japanese director Takashi Miike, best known for gruesome and sadistic shockers like Audition and Ichi the Killer, makes a left turn into family entertainment with this colorful and wildly imaginative fantasy (2005) inspired by Japanese folklore (as rendered by the venerable manga artist Shigeru Mizuki). A timid little boy from a broken home is drafted to save humanity from an evil mistress and her horrific army of giant, rattletrap robots; coming to his aid is a crazy assortment of forest goblins, or yokai, including a humanoid turtle, an armless creature whose blue head inflates like a balloon, a woman with an infinitely elastic neck, and a one-eyed parasol with a huge, lolling tongue. With its scenes of mass destruction in Tokyo and its climactic mushroom cloud, the movie owes a psychic debt to the atomic-monster movies of the 50s and 60s, but its overriding tone is one of endless, giddy invention. In Japanese with subtitles. 124 min. Facets Cinematheque.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories