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The Magic Serpent (1966)
"Kairyu daikessen" (original title)

 |  Fantasy  |  5 March 1966 (Japan)
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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 ... 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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Froggo and Droggo  »

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Jiraiya's giant toad was used in another ninja-themed production from Toei, the popular TV series Kamen no ninja Aka-Kage (1967), as a monster-of-the-week. See more »

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References Godzilla (1954) 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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Great Fantasy
7 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This film used to come on one of the local stations here in Los Angeles at least once a year and it was a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy film. This film pretty much combines the elements of kaiju eiga along with another popular Japanese genre, the samurai film. As other viewers mentioned you pretty much can see that this film had an influence on the "Star Wars" saga especially when you look at the film early on as young Jiraiya (or Izakuchi-Maru) learns from his teacher, who obviously was an inspiration for Obi Won. The special effects are okay for a film not made by Toho and despite the swordplay, there is not that much blood. This film is defintely worth watching.

Also, a word of warning. This film has been released on DVD as part of a "double feature" with Gamera tai Gyaosu (aka. Return of the Giant Monsters). The quality of the film on DVD is not that great, but if you can get past that, I still recommend the film.


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