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  • Summary: A young boy becomes an unlikely hero when he is chosen as the "Kirin Rider" and must lead Japan's ancient Yokai spirits in their apocalyptic war against the evil monsters. A lavish remake of the 1968 film "Yokai Daisenso" from acclaimed director Takashi Miike. (Media Blasters)
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  1. 88
    Miike's goofy, gallant, action-packed fantasy deserves to become a classic family film.
  2. Narrative coherence is perhaps not among the film's virtues, but its loopy, cluttered story is part of the fun. And a clearer, simpler plot might have required the sacrifice of some delightful grace notes and visual marvels, like the elastic-necked geisha or the one-eyed ambulatory umbrella.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Odd blend of the truly cheesy with a few genuine f/x makes for a cutesy if not exactly thrilling spectacle.
  4. The film makes no more or less sense than Ridley Scott's Legend or Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and in fact has a creaky, blue-gel '80s-ness to it, but for many, keeping up with Miike's cranked output is an end in itself.
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  1. JakeM.
    Jul 8, 2006
    As always with Miike, coherence is sacrificed for the sake of stylistics brio and lunacy. Great fun for the whole family (seriously!).