Yokai Monsters

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Yokai Monsters is a trilogy of Japanese horror/fantasy films written by Tetsuro Yoshida and released is the late 1960s. The films were produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company.

There were originally three movies made:

While not canonically linked, all three were thematically joined by their inclusion of a group of creatures from Japanese mythology known as Yōkai (妖怪, lit. "Strange things").

Influence and legacy[edit]

Receiving little attention outside Japan, the films are notable mostly for their special effects, which include a lot of puppetry, suitmation, and even traditional animation. The films are also notable for their realisation of famous Yōkai, based on traditional illustrations from Japanese history. The puppet used for the Kasa-obake in particular has become a recognisable rendering of the creature.

In 2005 Takashi Miike directed a remake of Spook Warfare titled The Great Yokai War. The film is not officially related to the Yokai Monsters trilogy, but draws a lot of its influence from similar sources: notably the legend of Momotarō and Mizuki Shigeru's GeGeGe no Kitarō series of the same name.[1] Mizuki himself appears in this film version, though neither the remake nor the original films make use of his Yōkai creations, preferring instead to feature more traditional creatures.

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  1. ^ Papp, Zilia (2009). "Monsters at War: The Great Yōkai Wars, 1968-2005". Mechademia. 4 (War/Time): 225–239. JSTOR 41510938. 

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