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Kaiju Daifunsen: Daigoro tai Goriasu

Daigoro vs. Goliath
Great Desperate Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath

Japan 1971
produced by
Hajime Tsuburaya for Tsuburaya Productions/Toho
directed by Toshihiro Iijima
starring Hiroshi Inuzuka, Akiji Kobayashi
written by Kitao Chiba, music by Toru Fuyuki, special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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As in so many other Japanese giant monster movies, Japan has its own giant monster in this one: Daigoro, something of a cross of a hippo and a dinosaur. However, Daigoro is the most harmless giant monster of them all, and the only real issue with him is that he just fails to learn how to use the (giant) toilet built for him properly (really). However, due to budget cuts, his food rations are cut down and he is to be injected with a serum that's supposed to make him shrink a bit. Then a giant monster from outer space, Goliath, attacks though, and the earth's only defense is Daigoro. It's just, Daigoro is such a pacifist that he doesn't know the first thing about fighting. Heck, he hasn't even mastered the talent of breathing fire. So the handful of people who believe in him, including his zookeeper, an eccentric and mostly successless inventor, and the obligatory bunch of children, train him in any way possible, and in the finale, Daigoro gives Goliath a good clobbering, after which Goliath is tied to a rocketship and sent back to space (really). And in the end, Daigoro has even mastered the talent of using his toilet (really).

 

Basically, this (intended) joke of a monstermovie was made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of legendary monsterhouse Tsuburaya Productions with something light-hearted and self-ironic - and for the first 15 minutes or so, it works rather great as the film's jokes are spot-on and lack respect. However, after that, the film's humour already begins to run a bit stale, the parody aspect is more and more replaced by mediocre slapstick and humour targeted at the kiddie-crowd, while the actual story of the movie at no time seems to properly kick in. At least the miniature effects and monster battles are rather cool though, even if Daigoro looks just too cute to be taken seriously.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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