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The Magic Serpent (1966)

Kairyu daikessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy | 5 March 1966 (Japan)
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 »

Director:

Tetsuya Yamanouchi (as Tetsuya Yamauchi)

Writers:

Masaru Igami, Mokuami Kawatake (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata ... Ikazuchi-Maru / Jiraiya
Tomoko Ogawa Tomoko Ogawa ... Sunate
Ryûtarô Ôtomo Ryûtarô Ôtomo ... Orochi-Maru
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Daijô Yûki
Nobuo Kaneko ... Dôjin Hiki
Izumi Hara Izumi Hara ... Spider Woman (as Sen Hara)
Kensaku Hara Kensaku Hara ... Zenbei
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Kido
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seizô Fukumoto ... Ninja
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

In the AIP-TV version, the giant monsters' roars were redubbed with those of Toho and Tsuburaya monsters (The Orochi-Maru Dragon roars like Godzilla and Gaira/Green Gargantua, the Ikazuchi-Maru/Jiraiya Toad roars like Rodan, the giant eagle sounds like Mothra, and Sunate's giant spider gives a metallic creaky sound). See more »

Connections

References Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

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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excellent story of magic and swords- very influential!
2 March 2001 | by xenoramaSee all my reviews

What a great movie this is! Every time I watch it (and I have seen it several times since 1975 or so) I always enjoy it. Probably the first true introduction of ninja to America. Well dubbed, lots of cool magic and monsters, swordplay and palace intrigue. I wish some enterprising individual would think to release THIS film on DVD over in America. The influence on STAR WARS can't be denied, either. But find a copy and watch it!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 March 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Froggo and Droggo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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