A brand new trailer is now running online for Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War: Guardians. Interestingly the film is being billed as a sequel on some pages, and as a reboot according to other reports. At any rate, the film gets an August 13 release in Japan, which leaves an interesting window of opportunity to take a gander at between now and then with festivals coming back this summer.
Actor Kokoro Terada stars from a script by Yusuke Watanabe (Twentieth Century Boys), for a story centered on a fifth grader who has inherited hunter’s blood and sets out on a quest to defend the world against the Yokai and the monsters who’ve aligned with them. The film also reunites Miike with actor Nao Omori (First Love) among the cast with Hana Sugisaki (Bleach), Takao Osawa (Kingdom), Sakura Ando (Shoplifters), Kenichi Endo (The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio) and many more.
Check out a more detailed synopsis below!
Ancient fossils sleeping in Fossa Magna have gathered together and transformed into a giant yōkai. The destination is Tokyo. Only the Yōkai were aware of the truth about this invasion, which seems to modern humans to be a natural disaster. If nothing is done, the world will be destroyed. This can be stopped by Watanabe, an elementary school student in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, who inherits the blood of the legendary monster hunter. Suddenly, the great adventure of the boy who was selected as the “hero who saves the world” and the yōkai who involved him begins now.