Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare
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Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare is a 1968 Japanese fantasy horror film directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda. It is the second in a trilogy of films produced in the late 1960s, all of which focus around traditional Japanese monsters known as yōkai. (It was preceded by Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968), and was followed by Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts (1969).

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, along with the other two films in the series, was produced by Daiei Film and makes extensive use of tokusatsu special effects, with the majority of the creatures being represented by actors in costumes or puppets. The film was made in Fujicolor and Daieiscope.

In 2005, director Takashi Miike released The Great Yokai War, a modern retelling of the story which borrows many elements from Spook Warfare.

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare – The Movie 1968

The film opens in the ruins of the Babylonian city of Ur, with a narration detailing a local legend pertaining to a great monster known as Daimon, who lays dormant in the rubble of the city. Four thousand years later, the ruins are disturbed by two treasure hunters and the monster Daimon is roused and proceeds to kill the intruders by causing a landslide. Following his release, Daimon decides to fly directly to Japan. There, he encounters a samurai known as Lord Hyogo Isobe, whom he kills and whose blood he consumes.

Following this vampiric act, Daimon assumes the form of Isobe and makes his way to the lord’s house. There he is met by Isobe’s daughter, Lady Chie and fellow samurai Shinpachiro Mayama. After killing the family dog for barking at him, Daimon proceeds to tear down all altars in the house and orders his servants to have them burned. In his frenzy, he throws out an ornament which falls into a pond outside, rousing a kappa.

The kappa decides to investigate the ruckus and happens to see Daimon (as Isobe) drinking the blood of Isobe’s steward, Saheiji Kawano. When Saheiji also displays Daimon’s mannerisms and orders the altars burned, the kappa becomes suspicious and attacks Daimon fruitlessly. Defeated and hurt, the kappa goes to the woods to seek out other yōkai to help him fight back Daimon.

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

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