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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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Kairyû Daikessen
("Mystic Dragons' Great Decisive Battle")
Opening Theme (Japanese version only)
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Lyrics by Masaru Igami
Vocals by Young Fresh
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Another defective DVD?
18 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recently picked up the Retromedia DVD double feature of RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS/THE MAGIC SERPENT, the third classic Japanese sci-fi volume from this company. As with the previous two DVDs, the transfers looked pretty decent, and for what you get the price is nice. However, like the two previous Retromedia Gamera releases, this one has the same playback problems that plagued the earlier DVDs--one of the features wants to freeze up while it plays. In this instance, THE MAGIC SERPENT freezes up about 10-15 minutes into the film. I have seen various reviews complain about this kind of problem on all 3 of Retromedia's Gamera titles (yet none of their other releases seem to suffer from this). After the problem was brought to their attention with their first Japanese sci-fi release, DESTROY ALL PLANETS/ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS, it would seem something could be done to correct/prevent any further such occurrence.


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