Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)
Daigoro vs. Goliath (怪獣大奮戦 ダイゴロウ対ゴリアス Kaijū Daifunsen Daigorō tai Goriasu, lit. Great Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath)[a] is a 1972 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was produced as a collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions and Toho Pictures and was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on December 17, 1972.
Daigoro is a monster who became orphaned after the military used Intercontinental missiles to kill his mother, who did what she could to protect him. Only one man stood up to that call. He pitied the child, and took the infant as his own to Japan and raised him there. Soon Daigoro grew too big for a man to take care of, since he needed feeding too often. This caused the man to make Daigoro an icon for a business so he could be fed. Elsewhere, a monster named Goliath crashed to Earth. The two monsters engaged in battle. Daigoro did his best to stand his ground, but Goliath defeated him by striking him with lightning from his horn. Goliath then left to test his power against the world, leaving Daigoro to die. However, Daigoro recovered and practiced daily for his next battle against Goliath. After an intense fight Daigoro breathed his fire ray and managed to defeat Goliath. The humans then grabbed Goliath while he was weak, and strapped him to a rocket to blast into space.
- Main article: Daigoro vs. Goliath/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Toshihiro Ijima
- Written by Kitao Senzoku
- Executive producer Hajime Tsuburaya
- Music by Toru Fuyuki
- Cinematography by Yozo Inagaki
- Edited by Takao Shiroe
- Production design by Noriyoshi Ikeya
- 1st assistant director Masataka Yamamoto
- Directors of special effects Jun Oki, Minoru Nakano
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Shinsuke Minami as Goro Kizawa
- Kazuya Kosaka as Saito, zookeeper
- Akiji Kobayashi as Hitoshi Suzuki
- Hachiro Misumi as Goro Hachi
- Jun Hamamura as Doctor
- Hideo Sunazuka as Middle-aged man
- Masao Komatsu as Yoshiko's marriage meeting partner
- Kiyoshi Hitomi as Newscaster
- Fusako Amachi as Yoshiko
- Reiko Hitomi as Umeko Onisawa
- Miyako Tasaka as Woman
- Chizuko Tashiro as Saito's girlfriend
- Taiyu Wakamiya as Father at bar
- Genpei Imamura as Father
- Hisao Sasaki, Hiroshi Ikaida, Tsutomu Yamadera as Zookeepers
- Shigeru Tsuji as Assistant
- Katsumi Ishiyama as Zookeeper boss
- Tomonori Yazaki as Taro
- Koichi Murata, Shigeyuki Misuchi, Stanley Ilmaty, Kyoko Kawai, Kyoko Ito as Children
- Hiroshi Inuzuka as Uncle, inventor
- Tetsuo Yamamura as Daigoro
- Hisashi Kato as Goliath
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Great Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath (literal Japanese title)
Daigoro vs. Goliath has never received an official release in any form in the United States. However, the fansub group Hi no Tori translated the film into English in 2011.
Toho DVD (2005)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (Mono)
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special features: Audio commentary by Toshihiro Ijima, Hiroshi Inuzuka, and Yozo Inagaki; interview with Minoru Nakano and Noriyoshi Ikeya (25 minutes); trailer; image gallery
Though Daigoro vs. Goliath is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version can be rented or purchased on the Japanese version of Amazon Video.
- This is one of the few non-Ultraman kaiju movies not to be released outside of Japan.
- Ultraman is mentioned in the film when a man is lifted into the air by mechanical arms. He jokes that he is Ultraman, implying that the show exists in this movie's universe.
- Godzilla vs. Red Moon, a cancelled Tsuburaya-Toho co-production, was planned for release around the same time, although it is unknown which project came first.
- Daigoro vs. Goliath was released at the 1972 Winter Toho Champion Festival alongside a reissue of Destroy All Monsters and an animated film called Panda! Go Panda.
- While most media conveys the long vowel at the end of Daigoro's name as ロウ (rō), using the kana u, the film's end title erroneously spells it with a chōonpu as ロー (rō), though pronounced the same.
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