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Not the second, but actually the THIRD movie in the series. This is an exciting and tense study of courage and self-sacrifice as four little boys embark on a long and forbidding voyage over Majin's Mountain to find the missing men from their village and rescue them from an evil and brutal samurai overlord with dreams of conquest. There's no way in heaven or earth that this movie would have been made the same if it was done by Hollywood - it's much too brutal and realistic in showing the fates of various sympathetic characters. Of course, you still get to see Majin awaken from his slumber and bring death and destruction to those who desecrate his mountain or persecute his people. Another beautiful print, with the same excellent cinematography, acting and miniatures as the other two Majin movies with the bonus of yet another Akira Ifukube score. Just pop that corn, plop down on the couch, and have fun watching Majin stomp evildoers.
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This is my least favorite of the three Daimajin movies due to the
inclusion of four plucky children on whom the movie wastes far too much
time. While the other two movies in the trilogy maintain a serious tone
throughout, this episode goes in for the cutesy, almost fairy tale
adventures of the children as they travel across the Majin's mountain
to rescue their father and brother who, along with several other
woodsmen, have been taken prisoner by an evil lord and his clan. Just
how the kids intend to save their family members once they find them is
never made too clear. Instead we endure several long scenes of the
children eluding the bad samurai on the mountain in almost "Home Alone"
ways that did not fit in with the overall tone of the picture. Positive
points in the movie are the beautiful cinematography, outstanding
special effects, fine miniature work and inclusion of a nasty, bubbling
sulfur pit where both a hero and villain meet their fates. This movie
also adds another weapon to the Majin's arsenal in the form of a hawk
who acts as the god's emissary and lookout.
Junguur's synopsis on this page, excepting the mention of the children, is actually for the movie Wrath of Daimajin and not Return of Daimajin.
As it is not currently listed, the movie has a run time of 87 minutes.
The sleeping Daimajin has moved to an island home and the people under his protection live happily at lakeside. When evil warlords decide its time to subjugate these peaceful neighboring domains they go right for their leaders with some sneaky assassins and a surprise attack. As a demoralizing move they blow up the stone god in his island home. What a bad move that turns out to be. Not the best of the three Daimajins. It's much less beautifully filmed and the story isn't so great. I liked "Return of Daimajin" best because the kids are cute and the cinematographer had the eye of a naturalist.
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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