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This entry in the Daimajin trio of films is probably the best from an adult viewer's standpoint; the English dub is typically lame but, the plot is "complex" (remember we are talking giant monster movies here) enough to hold one's interest. The cinematography is excellent, and the acting, while over the top, doesn't make you laugh out loud. The action between humans is weak Kung Fu theatre, and Daimajin's action sequences are Gamera without the Tokyo skyline.
Rent it, when you feel nostalgic.
This is absolutely one of my favorite Japanese Kaiju films hands down, although I suppose Daimajin is more of a divine weapon of retribution than a giant monster (technically "Kaijin - humanoid monster") but it's still great fantasy fun. The story itself takes place during the feudal era where a young lord and his future bride are attacked and their land taken over by a hostile and ambitious warlord. Not only is the conqueror a tyrant but behaves pretty sadistic towards the common people and also profanes the shrine of the local god, which all culminates in said deity animating his colossal statue and proceeding to kick some villain butt.
Great story, hauntingly beautiful music score, fine actors (English dubbed voices immediately recognizable to fans of classic Italian westerns), completely on another level than anything Toho ever made and although the kaiju is only in like the last 15 minutes of the film he's pretty awesome (they actually made a TV series Daimajin Kanon Blu-ray Box 1 [2Blu-ray+DVD+CD] [Limited Release] [Blu-ray] in 2010).
Please be aware that there is another version of this movie available through Amazon Instant Majin, Return of Giant Majin and whatever you do DO NOT buy that one (warn you friends!) as it is an absolutely hideous transfer; this one on the other hand looks beautifully restored and in HD appears as if it might have been made in the 80's as opposed to 1966. :o)