Wrath of Daimajin (1966)

Daimajin is found at the top of a mountain, above a village where an evil lord has forced men into work camps. This sends their sons to rescue them, which takes them past the statue of Daimajin, which they take the time to pay proper respect to. However, the big bad has decided that he can openly disrespect the statue, which leads to the same thing that happens in all three of these films: Daimajin goes wild and ruins the evil empire.

Written by Tetsurô Yoshida, this movie was directed by Kazuo Mori (Forty-Eight Hours to Kill), this film focuses on four young boys who are trying to save their fathers and discover that they have a psychic link to Daimajin.

This is the only film in the trilogy that wasn’t released in the U.S. during the 1960s and it didn’t have an English dub until Mill Creek Entertainment released it on blu ray in 2012.

While these films were all shot together to save time and money, they’re all interesting in their own ways. This one feels more of a children’s story, except that our heroes face incredible danger throughout.

You can get this movie as part of Arrow Video’s new The Daimajin Trilogy. Wrath of Daimajin has commentary by Asian historian Jonathan Clements and a feature on the cinematography of the trilogy. Get it now from MVD.

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