Daimajin Strikes Again (1966)

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Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company) Monster Movie
Daimajin Strikes Again
Daimajin Strikes Again
Directed by Kenji Misumi
Produced by Masaichi Nagata
Written by Tetsuro Yoshida
Music by Akira Ifukube
Distributor Daiei
Rating Unrated
Running Time 79 minutes JP
(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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Daimajin Strikes Again (大魔神 逆襲,   Daimashin Gyakushû, lit. Daimajin's Counterattack) is a 1966 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Film Co. Ltd. It is the third and last film in the Daimajin trilogy, released in Japanese theaters on December 10, 1966.

Plot

During the winter months, a village flees the wrath of the angry god Majin, who eventually settles down. Later on, a woodcutter named Sampei stumbles home after escaping enslavement in Hell's Valley with the rest of the men from his village, and tells the remaining villagers of his escape through Majin's Mountain. Desperate to get their fathers and brothers back, three boys from the village, Tsuruchiki, Kinta, and Daisaku mount an expedition through Majin's Mountain to Hell's Valley to rescue them. At the entrance to the road through Majin's Mountain, they are turned away by an old woman who lives in the area who tells them they will be punished by the vengeful god on the mountain for going through. They wait for her to leave, but discover that they were followed by Tsuruchiki's younger brother Sugitatsu. They begrudgingly decide that its too far to send him back alone, and allow him to join their journey. In Hell's Valley, on discovering that a worker had escaped through Majin's Mountain, Daizen Matsunaga sends three warriors into the mountain to find him. When his lord Arakawa returns, he informs him that his plan to build a base in Hell's Valley and make gunpowder from the sulfur springs would take two more days to finish construction, making the workers nervous about their fates. After tumbling down a sheer mountain wall in a rock slide, the boys discover a hawk in a tree, which the woman had told them were messengers of Daimajin. The Boys then opt to take the mountain path rather than attempt to climb again, and come to the statue of the vengeful god. Tsuruchiki begins to pray to it, as do the others, and they continue down the road until they encounter Samurai sent by Lord Arakawa. They narrowly escape, and Daisaku's brother Shohachi, one of the slave workers in Hell's Valley resolves to go to their Lord for help. On his way out he is captured and thrown into the sulfur pits as punishment. The boys then encounter the Samurai again, and Sugitatsu steals their food. Elsewhere, one of the boys' mothers and her group of villagers are approached by a group of men from their Lord's castle to search for the missing men on her journey to Hell's valley after Sampei died. The boys then attempt to raft down the river to Hell's Valley, but their raft breaks and Kinta is swept away. The remaining boys then spend the night in a rotting tree, and in the night a snowstorm hits. After a sleepless night and a day of walking they collapse from exhaustion, and are found by the samurai, who attack them and are in turn attacked by a hawk. The villagers then come to the statue of the Daimajin, who begins to awaken after one of the samurai shot one of his hawks during their battle. The Daimajin then begins to bleed, and changes form as Tsuruchiki begs him to pardon Daisaku and Kinta, who had frozen to death, and offers his life in exchange. Daimajin then teleports to where Tsuruchiki had fallen in and lays him on a rock where the reawakened Kinta and Daisaku were waiting. The hawk is also restored. Just as Lord Arakawa prepares to dump his slave laborers into the sulfur pit, Daimajin breaks through the valley walls and begins his march to Arakawa. Arakawa sends his men to attack, and tries to immobilize Daimajin by dumping logs on him, but he begins to throw the logs at the soldiers. Daimajin then destroys the gunpowder factory and overturns the vats of sulfur, which ignite. Daimajin chases Arakawa and stabs him with his sword. After reuniting with the woodsmen, all the villagers kneel and pray to Daimajin. He then turns back into a snow covered statue and dissipates into a flurry.

Staff

Main article: Daimajin Strikes Again (Credits).

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Kazuo Mori
  • Written by   Tetsuro Yoshida
  • Produced by   Masaichi Nagata
  • Music by   Akira Ifukube
  • Cinematography by   Hiroshi Imai, Fujio Morita
  • Edited by   Toshio Taniguchi
  • Assistant Directing by   Hitoshi Oozu
  • Special Effects by   Yoshiyuki Kuroda

Cast

Main article: Daimajin Strikes Again (Credits).

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hideki Ninomiya   as   Tsuruchiki
  • Masahide Iizuka   as   Kinta
  • Shinji Hori   as   Daisaku
  • Muneyuki Nagatomo   as   Sugitatsu
  • Toru Abe   as   Hidanokami Arakawa
  • Takashi Nakamura   as   Sanpei
  • Hiroshi Nawa   as   Daizen Matsunaga
  • Tanie Kitabayashi   as   Old Woman Kane
  • Junichiro Yamashita   as   Shohachi
  • Chikara Hashimoto
  • Manabu Morita
  • Kazue Tamaoki
  • Yuzo Hayakawa   as   Yoshibei
  • Yuji Hamada
  • Chikara Hashimoto   as   Daimajin
  • Yukio Horikita   as   Yada
  • Sumao Ishihara
  • Takeshi Yabuuchi
  • Shouzo Nanbu
  • Sojo Shibata
  • Yutaro Ban
  • Kazuo Moriuchi
  • Kanji Uehara
  • Yoshitaka Ito
  • Akira Kominami
  • Masayoshi Kikuno
  • Masako Tomura
  • Manabu Morita   as   Toma Kuroki

Appearances

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: Daimajin Strikes Again/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Daimajin Strikes Again (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Daimajin's Counterattack
  • Wrath of Daimajin
  • Return of Giant Majin
  • Daimajin Strikes Back
  • Return of Daimajin

Video Releases

ADV DVD (2002) [The Complete Daimajin Trilogy]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Trailers
  • Notes: Out of print. Packaged with Daimajin and Return of Daimajin. Reissued as a single disc in 2005.

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2012) [Daimajin Triple Feature]

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Special Features: Trailers for all three Daimajin films, interviews with cinematographer Fujio Morita on the making of each film (28, 31, and 28 minutes).
  • Notes: Packaged with Daimajin and Return of Daimajin.

Videos

Trailers

Mill Creek "Daimajin Triple Feature" Blu-ray trailer

Trivia

  • Daimajin Strikes Again was not dubbed into English until 2012, forty-six years after its original release.
  • ADV's 1998 VHS and 2002 DVD releases swapped the titles of Return of Daimajin and Daimajin Strikes Again (which they called Wrath of Daimajin). This was corrected in their 2005 reissues of the DVDs.

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The Boy Who Cried Godzilla

17 months ago
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Wow. I've finally found a kaiju film I like less than Rebirth of Mothra II. The kids are awful, the story is lackluster,and a convoluted rehash of Daimajin, the characters are nonexistent, and all existing Daimajin lore is ignored. The Hawk thing was okay, but changing Daimajin's personality from a blood god who doesn't know when to stop, but is activated and deactivated by tears to a rock giant who does whatever people want him to do, with a sense of forgiveness and justice is just plain wrong. and if I hear "Sugito" or "Daisaku" one more time i'm going to lose it.
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Titanollante

28 months ago
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This page needs the trailer added...