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Daimajin (1966) – Movie Review

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DaimajinOVERVIEW

Daimajin was released in 1966 as trilogy of movies made and released within the year. The series is not only a kaiju  but also has unique plot backdrop in which the setting is feudal Japan.

DAIMAJIN

The monster is “neutral” in but in a different way Gamera – steeped in mysticism and folklore the statue lays dormant and is there as a vessel to offered prayers and in this case the prayers are for a better existence.

The villagers are under the rule of tyrant lord who’s evil deeds have not been unnoticed it is not until the statue itself is damaged the daimajin arises to pay penance and karma to those who have let others suffer.

In many ways he is visual walking metaphor of karma what goes around and it is shown in detail what will happen to those who cross his path and for the retribution and sanctity of good. It could be seen as moralist film.

abdg_daimajin_trilogy_usSPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1966 I have to say that the special effects are mind blowing from the look, camera angles editing and optical and practical  effects it really is an amazing example of Japanese cinema – I viewed the movies in HD (1080p 24fps) with DTS sound it was both an audio and visual treat with amazing score to roaring thumps of Daimaijin’s footsteps .

CONCLUSION

Daimajin is a different monster movie –  with a highly polished plot, stylised camera work, special effects and sound work to the stellar acting and interesting take on the giant monster myth this is must see not only for kaiju fans but people who have an interest in Japanese cinema.

Paul Isaacs 2015

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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