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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
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  1. Film is a ghostly and gorgeous tale of a court magician, the legendary Abe no Seimei.
  2. 80
    Superior summer entertainment.
  3. Emerges as an epic tale of love, sacrifice and redemption that attains a Shakespearean aura of grandeur and nobility of spirit.
  4. 60
    Has the sense of gritty, practical politics of a Japanese samurai epic combined with the high-flying stunt work and magical special effects of a Hong Kong romp. Ultimately this film by Yojiro Takita is satisfying on neither level, but not for lack of trying.
  5. 50
    The quality of the CGI-heavy special effects is variable and Nomura's fey performance as Seimei gives his relationship with Hiromasa a distinctly homoerotic cast that may or may not be intentional, but the demon zombies and Doson's cackling familiar are crowd pleasers.
  6. 50
    The film de-emphasizes plot and action in favor of lyricism and outbursts of magic-doing, but the results are more dull than enchanting, no matter how many people fly across the room.
  7. The moments of action are interspersed with lengthy plot developments that are hard to follow.

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