Saw a Takashi Miike picture called The Great Yokai War. "Yokai" is a Japanese term for monsters from folklore, as opposed to the more familiar kaiju. It's a kids' picture, about a young boy from Tokyo sent out to live in the countryside with his older sister and his intermittently senile grandfather. When a vengeful spirit appears, the boy gets caught up in a war between warring groups of yokai and must find his courage to become the "Kirin Rider", the hero who will set everything to rights. It's not a bad picture - nothing deep, but an amusing story. Some of the yokai are really trippy, Japanese folklore can get pretty "out there", apparently.

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I've always been a huge fan of the Warner Oland Chan films.  There's no escaping the racism here, but the best of the Chan films pretty cleverly undercut that by letting Charlie strategically overplay his "foreignness" and allow himself to be underestimated by his adversaries (much like Columbo would do later).  Oland could play that wink at the audience in a way that Toler couldn't manage.

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