A little MAGIC SERPENT to start things off

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Surely the apex of shinobi-kaiju cinema, Magic Serpent (for the Sandy Frank/AIP-exposed) or Kairyu Dai-Kessen, is a no brainer to start of Monsters and Masks 2010!

This is a staged publicity shot, you rarely if ever get that clear a shot of the two dueling ninja transformed into giant pagoda-crushing critters. That is one loooong-legged toad…

Serpent is available in two different forms; the English-dubbed full-frame “Magic Serpent” cut is on a Gamera double feature disc, and a widescreen Japanese language print with grey market subs is circulating as “Dragon Showdown” or “Battle of the Dragons.” I recommend both, as I grew up with the former’s goofy translations and Godzilla sound-effects, but love the original’s kids chorus theme song and widescreen glory.

Hiroki Matsukata and Ryutaro Otomo posed with their amphibious alter-egos.
French market title MONSTERS OF THE APOCALYPSE ignores the ninja-ness of this masterpiece for some reason. YOUNG FLYING HERO is an un-official Thai sequel/knockoff.
This French market re-title of the above, cashing-in on the 80's ninja VHS rental boom, is THE FUCKING BOMB!!! Look at that misleading cover art. C'est magnifique!

Further reading:

We did a big write up on this last year: Part 1 / Part 2

The un-official Thai sequel sounds like a real blast, too. TarsTarkas.net

3 Responses

  1. Fast forward some half a century, toad magic in the 2000:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnlFZfX197Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1CrSKr5R48

    Also, possibly the best full-body ninja armor ever 😉
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCh5T1GFEEM

  2. Regarding my comment:

    Well I take it back. This is the best armor 😉

    http://manga.animea.net/himegami-chapter-4-page-39.html

  3. Lao Thianhu

    The film you refered, MONSTERS OF THE APOCALYPSE, is a film of Taiwan, not Thai(Thailand)
    http://tarstarkas.net/2009/03/rare-movie-time-young-flying-heroreturn-of-the-magic-serpent/

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