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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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Kimiyoshi Yasuda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miwa Takada ... Kozasa Hanabusa
Yoshihiko Aoyama Yoshihiko Aoyama ... Tadafumi Hanabusa
Jun Fujimaki Jun Fujimaki ... Kogenta
Ryûtarô Gomi Ryûtarô Gomi ... Samanosuke
Ryûzô Shimada Ryûzô Shimada ... Tadakiyo Hanabusa
Tatsuo Endô Tatsuo Endô ... Gunjurô
Shôsaku Sugiyama Shôsaku Sugiyama
Saburô Date Saburô Date ... Ippei Cyjûma
Otome Tsukimiya Otome Tsukimiya ... Shinobu - The Shrine Maiden
Keiko Kayama Keiko Kayama ... Haruno
Eigorô Onoe Eigorô Onoe ... Gosaku
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura ... Mosuke - Take-bô's Dad
Hideki Ninomiya Hideki Ninomiya ... Tadafumi as a boy
Shizuhiro Izoguchi Shizuhiro Izoguchi ... Take-bô - The Boy
Yûtarô Ban Yûtarô Ban ... Mondo
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Majin See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Followed by Wrath of Daimajin (1966) See more »

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Surprisingly good considering the premise
9 February 2019 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

In late Edo Japan, a wicked chamberlain betrays his lord, enslaves the local villagers, and desecrates their god, an enormous statue of a warrior, which ultimately comes to life as 'Daimajin' (roughly: 'giant demon'). As Japanese monster movies go, this one is pretty subtle and the titular monster doesn't show up until the final reel, but the sometimes grim 'samurai' story leading up to the tokusatsu climax is actually quite good. The film is very well made (I watched a reasonably well-done subtitled version) with an excellent score by Akira Ifukube (reminiscent of his iconic Godzilla and Mothra themes). Worth tracking down for fans of the fanciful (I found it on YouTube). As a cautionary tale about the dangers of iconoclasm, I only wish something similar had happened when the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan.


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