The Daimajin Trilogy contains the three film series that transplants the legend of the golem to Japan in the 16th century, as an ancient stone god defends the peasant people from the greedy and unjust.
These movies barely made it to America — the first played theaters, the second only TV, the third didn’t make it to our shores in official release until 2012 — yet they’re incredible documents of Japanese movie-making ingenuity and special effects skill.
The three movies in this set are:
Daimajin (1966): The two children of a benevolent ruler are chased from their home and their father killed by a brutal usurper. Years later, the sorceress who saved them is killed by the same man, now the ruler of their land, who can only be stopped by the god who sleeps behind a crumbled stone idol.
Return of Daimajin (1966): When an evil warlord enslaves two small islands and destroys the statue of the stone god, vengeance is not far away, as Daimajin rises and literally parts the ocean to save his people.
Wrath of Daimajin (1966): Four boys take on a magical quest to call upon the spirit of the stone god to save their families, who have been taken by a tyricannical leader.
This limited edition set includes 1080p versions of the three Daimajin films with optional English subtitles, a lushly illustrated book featuring new essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto and Kevin Derendorf, postcards of the original Japanese artwork for all three films and reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank. Each of the films also have tons of extras, like the U.S. openings of Daimajin (Majin – The Monster of Terror) and Return of Daimajin (Return of the Giant Majin), video features on the special effects and a variety of interviews and commentaries on the films. If you love kaiju films, you need this in your collection. You can order it from MVD.