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Yamato Takeru
Takeru Yamato / Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon / Madra … das achtköpfige Drachenmonster

Japan 1994
produced by
Toho
directed by Takao Ogawara
starring Masahiro Takashima, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Hiroshi Abe, Masashi Ishibashi, Hiroshi Fujioka

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Masahiro Takashima is a prince expelled by his father but chosen by the gods to defend earth against evil, helped by a giant white bird & his girl, sorceress Yasuko Sawaguchi. Evil of course comes in many forms, one being a martial artist (Hiroshi Abe) coming from space (in a very camp looking plastic spaceship), another an eight-headed giant dragon. Thank god Takashima is turning into a giant medieval battle-robot just in time to fight & beat the dragon !

 

A fantasy movie with martial arts, a plastic spaceship & Godzilla style monsters (the 8-headed Dragon actually looks like King Ghidorah with a few extra heads tacked on), all set in medieval Japan ... this movie just can't be all bad - but unfortunately this is also as good as it gets ! The story, though very simplistic, is told in an overly complex way & does rather get in the way of the effects, the martial arts are okay but nothing to rave about & all characterizations do fall curiously flat, having the audience care little about who actually wins the final battle.

Parallels with Godzilla movies don't end with the similarity of the dragon to King Ghidorah, Yamato Takeru's production company Toho actually made all Japanese Godzilla, with director Ogawara handling (to the date of this writing) 4 of them (Godzilla vs Mothra, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs Destoroyah & Godzilla Millenium), actually making this one right between Mechagodzilla & Destoroyah.

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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