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Monday, February 3, 2014

Recuperation Review: Daimajin (1966)

Well, that was a lame ass Super Bowl, wasn't it? The only silver lining is that the 35-point margin of victory for the Seahawks eclipses the 34-point margin when the Pats lost to the Bears 44-10 in 1986. So there's that.

Happily, I have an endless supply of mediocre-to-awesome movies to keep me diverted as I continue to recover from my early-2014 bout with near-mortality. (Nah, just kidding. Sort of.) This time around it's...

NEXT UP: Daimajin (1966)

Directed by: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

OVERVIEW: Okay this is kind of a weird one, but it's great. Set some time back in feudal (or medieval? Or is that the same thing?) Japan, it tells the story of a giant 40-foot-tall statue of a local mountain god who comes to life and wreak vengeance whenever the powers-that-be get too greedy and exploit the peasants too much. Thing is, once the statue comes to life, it's not too discriminating as to who deserves punishment and who's just getting in the way...

WHAT HAPPENS: There's a coup, and the local, benevolent overlord gets replaced by a really nasty one. The royal kids escape, grow up in the mountains, try to avenge their dad, fail, and get stomped on a bit. This rouses the abovementioned god-statue, who then proceeds to stomp on things with his stony feet. And hands.

THAT SOUNDS COOL, DAVE. HOW ARE THE SPECIAL EFFECTS? Very impressive, as is the cinematography in general.

WTF MOMENT: Not really a "wtf" moment, but the moment when the status comes to life is pretty darn effective and creepy, even though you've been waiting for it for the better part of an hour.

HOW YOU KNOW THIS IS THE FUTURE: It's not! And we know that because people are walking around wearing kimonos and samurai swords and those weird hairstyles where it's shaved bald on top but then with ponytails in back. Also there aren't, like, Toyotas or anything. Some of the bad guys do tote around muskets though, which is slightly jarring. (Not that they do much damage against the god-statue's stony-faced badassery.) I guess this isn't medieval times after all.



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