Onmyoji (film)

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Japanese film poster
Directed by Yōjirō Takita
Produced by
  • Kazuya Hamana
  • Tetsuji Hayashi
  • Noboyuki Toya
  • Takashi Hirano
  • Wataru Tanaka
  • Yutaka Okawa[1]
Screenplay by
Based on Onmyōji 
by Baku Yumemakura
Music by
  • Naoki Kayano
  • Tatsuya Osada[1]
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • October 6, 2001 (2001-10-06) (Japan)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Onmyoji (陰陽師?) is a 2001 Japanese film directed by Yōjirō Takita.[1] It tells of the exploits of Abe no Seimei, in Middle Ages, from the court of the Emperor. He befriended bungling court noble, Minamoto no Hiromasa, who enlists his aid to defend the Heian emperor. Meanwhile, an opposing onmyoji Doson is plotting the downfall of the emperor, while attempting to frame Seimei by unleashing a horde of yōkai to do his bidding.

A sequel, Onmyouji 2, appeared in 2003. Both movies are based on the Onmyouji novels by Baku Yumemakura, which also inspired a manga series by Reiko Okano.


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Onmyoji was released theatrically in Japan on October 6, 2001 where it was distributed by Toho.[1] The film was a commercial success grossing ¥3,010,000,000 ($36,567,313) becoming the 4th highest earning Japanese production of 2001.[2] The film was also giving a limited theater release in North America where it grossed $16,234 in 3 theaters.[3]

Onmyoji was released in the United States on April 18, 2003 under the title Onmyoji - The Yin Yang Master.[1] It was followed by the sequel Onmyoji II in 2003.[1]


The film won the awards for Best Sound Recoring and the Mainichi Film Concours and Best Sound at the Japanese Academy Awards.[1]

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