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The Magic Serpent (1966)

Kairyu daikessen (original title)
In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Ikazuchi-Maru / Jiraiya
Tomoko Ogawa ...
Sunate
Ryûtarô Ôtomo ...
Orochi-Maru
Bin Amatsu ...
Daijô Yûki
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Dôjin Hiki
Sen Hara ...
Spider woman
Kensaku Hara ...
Zenbei
Masataka Iwao ...
Kido
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Akira Shioji
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In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of death by a magic bird sent by a wizard. Ten years later, Ikazuki-maru embarks on an adventure to avenge his parents and the wizard's death with his magic powers he learned from the wizard. He kills Yuki Daijo but then must battle Oroki-maru in a battle to the death. Written by Horror-Fan

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Fantasy

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5 March 1966 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Froggo and Droggo  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It has long been suggested that this film was one of George Lucas' inspirations for the Star Wars series. See more »

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Referenced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Susume! Jiraiya
("Forward, Jiraiya!")
Ending Theme (Japanese version only)
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Lyrics by Masaru Igami
Vocals by Yôko Maekawa & Young Fresh
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Looks colorful, moves sluggishly
5 December 2014 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I can kind of understand why American-International Pictures picked up this movie for North American distribution. The movie has giant monsters, ninjas, samurai warriors, sword fights, magicians, and other colorful elements. However, I think that A.I.P. was wise to release this movie directly to television instead of trying to release it to theaters. The story is kind of confusing at times, though in fairness to the filmmakers, the A.I.P. print that I saw was cut by about ten minutes; so possibly some explanation for some murky elements got removed. Though at the same time, there are definitely some slow-moving scenes in the movie that will no doubt make the viewer impatient for some action to return to the movie. In the end, the movie probably has enough to attract die hard fans of Japanese fantasy movies, though other viewers may be squirming in their seats. By the way, I'm not sure why the movie is called "Magic Serpent", when there actually isn't that much footage of the title beast.


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