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Return of Daimajin (1966)

Daimajin ikaru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 13 August 1966 (Japan)
Giant statue exacts revenge upon those who conquer its worshippers.

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Credited cast:
Kôjirô Hongô ... Lord Juro
Shiho Fujimura ... Lady Sayuri
Tarô Marui ... Dodohei
Takashi Kanda ... Lord Danjô Mikoshiba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôji Fujiyama ... Ikkaku Arai
Yûji Hamada ... Farmer 2
Chikara Hashimoto ... Shunpei Ikenaga / Majin(plays two parts)
Sei Hiraizumi ... Hayato Tabe
Yoshitaka Itô ... Farmer 3
Kiyokazu Kagatsume ... Ryûta - Dodohei's Younger Brother
Hyôsuke Kanbe ... Mohachi
... Genba Onikojima (as Jutarô Hôjô)
Keiko Koyanagi ... Shige
Hideo Kuroki ... Tasuke
Tsuyotake Matsuda ... Farmer 1
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After conquering a village, an evil warlord sets his sights on another by the lakeside. He kidnaps village local Katsushige Nakoshi (Kôichi Uenoyama) and offers an ultimatum to the villagers to hand over one of their protectors, Lord Juro (Kôjirô Hongô), in exchange for the release of Katsushige. But, Lord Juro and the brave people defy the evil doers and decide to fight for their freedom and their homeland themselves. When their sacrifices seem in vain, they pray to their stone god to awaken and fight for them. Written by Oliver Chu

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Colder than Ice, Unyielding as Stone, Divine Retribution is at Hand

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Drama | Fantasy

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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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Don's mess around with the gods!
21 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Daiei Studios' Return of Daimajin is the first sequel to the movie featuring the giant stone god. In this plot, villagers defy an evil warlord's order to turn over one of their protectors, Lord Juro (Kôjirô Hongô), and end up seeing their people being brutally attacked by the warlord and his soldiers. As a result, the villagers pray upon Daimajin, the great stone god, to fight for them.

The plot, I thought, was not as suspenseful and solid as the original movie, as it has more of a general "turn over your hero to us or we'll screw your village over" story line. But, there is plenty of sword-wielding and good guy vs. bad guy action to keep the film engaging, and the nastiness of the villains will make you want to root for the god to awaken and teach them a lesson they'll never forget - showing them that they shouldn't mess with the faithful.

The acting was pretty good, cinematography was brilliant and special effects were neat. Also, you really can't go wrong having the great Akira Ifukube score the music soundtrack to this film, though, much of the music is reused or reworked from the scores of past Toho films.

Overall, it's a rather entertaining feature that fans of Japanese sci-fi/fantasy films could enjoy.

Grade B-


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