Now who has seen it? I must admit, I came away pleasently surprised, but be aware, this is a most strange movie, sometimes a bit childish, too. There’s a lot of japanese folk-lore stuff going on, which you probably need to know in order to grasp the concept of “Yokai War” to full extend, but I didn’t let that distract me from being hugely entertained. The mixture of modern CGI and oldschool puppet-FX had a lot of charme. And Chiaki Kuriyama apparently had a lot of fun playing the right hand of the main villain. Sadly her character wasn’t used to full extent, I’d have loved to see more of her. And still the running-time of 124 minutes was too short. I could feel that Miike wanted to tell a lot more than he had time for, probably the plot and general characterisation has been cut down, too. There’s a lot of strange monsters running around with different special powers and none of them are really explained. If you don’t expect too much, you may like it, but if you only adore Miike for his darker and more adult themes, you will most certainly hate it. Still, “Yokai-War” has got a quite weird and scary athmosphere, and although there’s hardly any violence going on (they’re fighting against a freaky designed robot-army) I don’t really find it suitable for the target kids-audience, whereas lies another problem of “Yokai-War”: For adults it may be too childish, while for kids some of the dialogue-part seems mainly boring.
But, overall, I really liked “Yokai-War”. It’s one of the more interesting movies I’ve seen lately, interesting, as in, makes me wanna learn more about the cultural background.
//EDIT: Added a few screenshots, found them here: