Daimajin, Vol. 3: Return of Daimajin
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Four young boys journey to a distant valley to rescue relatives who have been enslaved by an Evil Warlord bent on conquering the region (boo, hiss). En route they strive to placate the warrior god Majin, whose mountain they must traverse. This the children do, but without avail: winter storms and the warlord's henchmen stop them just short of their destination. Is all lost for our diminutive heroes? Fear not: it's Majin to the rescue!
_Return of Daimajin_ is technically superb: the sets are meticulously crafted; the special effects require little suspension of disbelief to convince; the cinematography is breathtakingly lovely; Akira Ifukube's score--his best of the series--is alternately haunting and rousing.
To their credit, the filmmakers have the guts to put the plucky little tykes in truly dangerous situations. Soon after they discover the children trekking to their valley, a trio of the despots thugs unshoulder their rifles and start shooting! Later, one of the boys drowns in a boating accident. (This scene, plus others of brief but fierce violence, would likely earn the film a PG rating.)
The film has its share of weak points. The camerawork is too brightly pretty to capture the magic and menace of Majin's mountain, something _Daimajin_ conveyed so elegantly. Worse, the four leads have too little dialog to develop any degree of individuality, much less depth, as characters.
Still, the giant Majin effects look great, and that's all were really interested in, isn't it?
A good, but not great, kaiju eiga (giant monster movie).
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Return of Daimajin is the third film of the Daimajin trilogy. Not as good as the first two films but still very entertaining and beautifully photographed.Published on March 26, 2012 by IluvArt
The 2nd (or 3nd) of the Majin movies is good and never flaws, yet something about it is not as good as the first DAIMAJIN film. Read morePublished on January 5, 2002
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