Daigoro vs. Goliath

Japan Release: 1972
Running Time:
85 minutes

Daigoro vs. Goliath

Japanese Title

怪獣大奮戦 ダイゴロウ対ゴリアス
[Kaiju Dai Funsen Daigoro Tai Goriasu]

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Crisis strikes an island housing a young monster. After its mother was killed by the Japanese military, the baby Daigoro was placed in the care of Saito, a zookeeper. Friendly yet mischievous, the small monster quickly began to grow over the years, and is now on the verge of starvation as its food supply begins to run low due to a budget crunch and the casual disinterest of the Japanese public. While Daigoro has a fair share of supporters among children and some adults, their pleas for donations fall on deaf ears. Likewise, protests from Daigoro's caretaker are left unheeded as the monster is fed an anti-growing chemical mixed in with its rations in order to prevent further growth. To make matters worse, a shooting star lands in the middle of the ocean, bringing with it a horned beast from outer space who threatens to destroy the mainland...

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Alternate Titles

The Monsters' Desperate Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath




Directed by Toshihiro Iijima
Writing credits Kitao Senzoku
Produced by Hajime Tsuburaya
Music by Toru Fuyuki
Cinematography by Yozo Inagaki
Production Design by Noriyoshi Ikeya
Director of Special Effects Jun Oki, Minoru Nakano
Lighting Sei Arai
Recording by Tokyo Movie Video Department
Audio Mixing by Noboru Nishio
Optical Photography by Michihisa Miyashige, Yukio Shigeta, Tsukasa Nakamura, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Kaneo Kimura, Minoru Kujirai, Bunzo Hyodo
Assistant Director Masataka Yamamoto
Editor Takao Shirae
Visual Effects by Sadao Iizuka
Post-Processing by Tokyo Laboratory
Production Producer/Production Manager Kazumi Kasai
Kumagoro Onisawa Shinsuke Minami
Saito, Zookeeper Kazuya Kosaka
Hitoshi Suzuki Akiji Kobayashi
Goro Hachi Hachiro Misumi
Doctor Jun Hamamura
Middle-Aged Man Hideo Sunazuka
Yoshiko's Arranged Marriage Partner Masao Komatsu
TV Caster Kiyoshi Hitomi
Yoshiko Fusako Amachi
Umeko Onisawa Reiko Hitomi
Woman Miyako Tasaka
Saito's Girlfriend Chizuko Tashiro
Bar Owner Taiyu Wakamiya
Father Genpei Imamura
Zookeepers Hisao Sasaki, Hiroshi Ikaida, Tsutomu Yamadera
Assistant Shigeru Tsuji
Zookeeper Boss Katsumi Ishiyama
Taro Tomonori Yazaki
Children Koichi Murata, Shigeyuki Misuchi, Stanley Ilmaty, Kyoko Kawai, Kyoko Ito
Uncle, Inventor Hiroshi Inuzuka

DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 The Monsters' Desperate Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath Toho (2005)  

Background and Trivia

  • This film was made to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions and was done in collaboration with Toho, making its debut at the Toho Champion Festival in December of 1972.
  • Masato Shimon, the creator of the movie's theme song, would work once again with Toho on the following year's Godzilla vs. Megalon, producing the theme songs "Defeat Megalon" and "Godzilla and Jet Jaguar Punch-Punch-Punch!"

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