June 30, 2006
Director: Takashi Miike
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for fantasy violence and scary images)
Screenwriters: Takashi Miike, Hiroshi Aramata
Starring: Hiroyuki Miyasako, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunta Sugarawa
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: Yokai-movie.com
It's tough being ten year old Tadashi (Ryunosuke Kamiki). His mom just got a divorce and moved him and his Grandfather from Tokyo to small town Japan, where all the kids at his new school pick on him. To make things worse, his Grandpa is starting to go a bit crazy and keeps running away and forgetting who Tadashi is! One night, Tadashi wanders into a creepy local festival and is knocked on the head by a man in a dragon costume. Someone tells him this means he has been chosen "Kirin Rider," the defender of justice and peace. There is a legend that the Kirin Rider must climb a nearby mountain and claim a legendary sword, guarded by the Great Goblin. Remembering the bullies at school calling him a crybaby, Tadashi is determined to climb the mountain, but he gets scared half-way and runs home. On the bus ride home, he meets Sunekosuri, a small cat-like sprite that only Tadashi can see. He realizes that Sunekosuri is a Yokai, a magical creature from Japanese folklore. All of a sudden, Tadashi can see more Yokai looking into the bus windows! The next evening, Tadashi hears his Grandpa calling for help from the Goblin Mountain. Forgetting his fears, Tadashi rushes to his Grandfather’s aid and into the biggest adventure of his life... Meanwhile, a great evil called Yomotsumono has been re-awakened, threatening to devour humanity and turn the good Yokai into evil mechanical monsters to do its bidding. Aiding this monster is the evil spirit Kato (Etsushi Toyokawa) and Agi (Chiaki Kuriyama), a traitor Yokai whose love for the evil Kato compels her to turn against the good spirits. She catches them with her white whip and helps turn them into monsters that ransack Japan. Only Tadashi the Kirin Rider and his sword can save the world from this menace, with some help from his Yokai friends!