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Release Date:
21 December 1966 (Japan) See more »
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A Wave of Evil Has Been Unleashed! See more »
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In the Japanese mountains, a warlord enslaves the men of nearby villages. A group of young boys decide to rescue their fathers and awaken Daimajin, who brings his ancient power to bear against a new weapon, the rifle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Hideki Ninomiya ... Tsurukichi
Shinji Hori ... Daisaku
Masahide Iizuka ... Kinta
Muneyuki Nagatomo ... Sugitatsu
Junichiro Yamashita ... Syôhachi
Tôru Abe ... Hidanokami Arakawa
Takashi Nakamura ... Sanpei
Hiroshi Nawa ... Daizen Matsunaga
Tanie Kitabayashi ... Old Woman Kane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Riki Hashimoto ... Majin
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Yoshibei
Yukio Horikita ... Yada
Manabu Morita ... Tôma Kuroki
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Directed by
Kazuo Mori 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tetsurô Yoshida 

Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hitoshi Obuchi .... chief assistant director
 
Visual Effects by
Yoshiyuki Kuroda .... visual effects director
 

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Also Known As:
"Daimajin gyakushû" - Japan (original title)
"Daimajin Strikes Again" - USA (informal English title)
"Return of Majin" - USA (video title)
"The Return of the Giant Majin" - USA (dubbed version)
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USA:79 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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This is the only Majin film that wasn't released in the United States during the 1960s (it first appeared on American home video in the 90s). Likewise, it's the only one that doesn't have an English dub.See more »
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Daimajin fights in the snow, 28 April 2011
Author: ebiros2 from United States

This is the third and the final installment of Daimajin trilogy. The three stories are not connected in their plots.

Daimajin is a 50ft tall stone talisman with a spirit of deity residing within. It turns mobile when the innocent people are oppressed to battle evil.

Four kids embark on a journey to rescue their father who is enslaved by an evil warlord in a place called Hell's Valley. On their way they pass the mountain where Daimajin resides. Daimajin sends a hawk to accompany the kids and to protect them, but when things goes badly for the kids, Daimajin turns his fierce face to the evil warlord.

The four kids are unusually resourceful, and gets around where even adults would find it a challenging situation, surviving in mountainous wilderness, and in a snow storm.

Daimajin awakes this time in a snow storm, and rest is a bad day for the evil warlord and his soldiers.

The production isn't as good as the previous Daimajin movie as the movie relies heavily on the acting ability of the four very young actors. They put in a surprisingly good performance, but they're no Jody Foster in "Taxi Driver". The caliber of other actors aren't as high as well. Special effects are just as good, and it's one of the best '60s suitmation movie. It's better in my opinion than the Gamera series done by the same studio around the same time. Not a masterpiece in any way, but a movie that still holds its own after nearly half a century.

Recent TV mini-series "Daimajin Kanon" is a direct homage to this series with Daimajin being done in CG instead of suitmation.

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