Takashi Miike is a filmmaker known for many things. Most of them involving an obscene amount of gore and violence. But, occasionally, he comes back around and does something purely and simply fun. The Great Yokai War is one of those movies. Simply described as a Japanese Never Ending Story, The Great Yokai War is a refreshing throwback to those 1980s fantasy/adventure movies where the kid undertakes some kind of magical journey and comes out of it a young adult. I was honestly completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. I’m expanding my recommendation for this to everyone, not just the Asian/Miike fans.