Includes: Daimajin, Return of Daimajin, and Wrath of Daimajin
Running Time: 84 minutes, 87 minutes, and 79 minutes, respectively
Original Release Year: 1966 (all three!).
Directors: Kimiyoshi Yasuda (Daimajin), Issei Mori (Return), and Kenji Misumi (Wrath)
Audio: Japanese mono
DVD 3-Disc Set Released By: ADV Films
Original Non Anamorphic Widescreen Letterbox 4:3 Converted to true 16:9 widescreen with DVDFab Platinum.
The Films: These three films feature Daimajin, a giant stone idol worshipped in feudal Japan. When Daimajin’s followers are oppressed by brutal tyrants, the statue comes to life and wreaks vengeance on all those who defy him. All three Daimajin films were produced and released in 1966. (A remarkable achievement, considering the quality of each.) Daimajin is one of only five daikaiju to star in on ongoing series (Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, and Ultraman being the others).
Daimajin: Samanosuke, chamberlain of the castle Yamanaka, stages a brutal coup. The good and just Lord Hanabasa is murdered. Fortunately, Kogenta, one of his trusted warriors, manages to save Hanabasa’s children. They flee the kingdom, and live out the next ten years on Daimajin’s mountain, where few people dare to tread. Samanosuke becomes a brutal overlord, using the people as slave labor. When Kogenta and the prince are captured and scheduled to be executed, it up to Princess Kozasa to awaken Daimajin. However, the angry god may not just crush Samanosuke and his forces; he may lay waste to the entire kingdom!
Return of Daimajin: A group of woodcutters from a peaceful mountain village are taken captive by Arakawa, ruler of a neighboring domain. Lord Arakawa is building a huge fort, and plans to conquer the surrounding kingdoms. He uses his prisoners as slaves. Any who defy him are thrown into pits of hot sulfur. Four children, brothers of the captured woodcutters, attempt to make the perilous journey over Daimajin’s mountain and into Hell’s Valley. However, they must overcome hostile terrain, freezing temperatures, and pursuing soldiers. Will Daimajin once again awaken and help them rescue their brothers and stop Lord Arakawa?
Wrath of Daimajin: Lord Danjo of Mikoshiba covets the rich lake and lands of his neighbors. He quickly conquers the friendly kingdoms of Nagoshi and Chigusa. To break the people’s faith in their god, he sends his men to blow up the statue of Daimajin, which is on an island in the lake. The rightful heirs, Lord Juro and Lady Sayuri, try and fail to take back their kingdoms. Only when Daimajin rises from the lake will Lord Danjo’s treachery come to an end.