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Daimajin (1966)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 9 August 1968 (USA)
A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.

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Miwa Takada ...
Kozasa Hanabusa
Yoshihiko Aoyama ...
Tadafumi Hanabusa
Jun Fujimaki ...
Kogenta
Ryûtarô Gomi ...
Samanosuke
Ryûzô Shimada ...
Tadakiyo Hanabusa
Tatsuo Endô ...
Gunjurô
Shôsaku Sugiyama
Chikara Hashimoto
Saburô Date ...
Ippei Cyjûma
Otome Tsukimiya ...
Shinobu - The Shrine Maiden
Keiko Kayama ...
Haruno
Eigorô Onoe ...
Gosaku
Gen Kimura ...
Mosuke - Take-bô's Dad
Hideki Ninomiya ...
Tadafumi as a boy
Shizuhiro Izoguchi ...
Take-bô - The Boy
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A samurai lord of a once peaceful village was murdered by one of his own men. The traitor then claims the throne, forcing the lord's two small children to flee into the woods, where they conceal themselves near the huge stone statue of Daimajin, the god of their village. After 10 years, the new samurai lord was proven to be very brutal and merciless towards the villagers, showing off his authority to no limits. Therefore, the villagers pray for Daimajin to awaken and to use his powers and spirit to save them from the treachery. Written by Oliver Chu

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Behind a Mask of Stone, the Fires of Vengeance Burn! See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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9 August 1968 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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All three "Daimajin" movies were made at the same time but released a year apart. See more »

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Good movie
21 October 2002 | by (Mountain View, CA) – See all my reviews

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for the giant monster on a rampage flicks that came out of Japan in the late 60's/70's, and picked this up expecting more of that. After the opening scene, showing just how powerful Daimajin actually is (let's just say, he's more a force of nature than a giant monster), I was completely hooked. The entire series is fairly grim, and I loved the fact that Daimajin isn't necessarily a good or bad guy. He does what he does because he wants to, for whatever reason, be it that the villain offended him, or he felt sorry for one of the people who suffered over the course of the movie. They're not exactly art films, but they're not quite the kitsch of the later Godzilla movies, either. Highly recommended.


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