Daigoro vs. Goliath

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Daigoro vs. Goliath
Directed by Toshihiro Iijima
Produced by Hajime Tsuburaya
Written by Kitao Chiba
Starring Hiroshi Inuzuka
Akiji Kobayashi
Music by Toru Fuyuki
Cinematography Yuzo Inagaki
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
Running time
85 mins
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Great Desperate Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath (怪獣大奮戦 ダイゴロウ対ゴリアス Kaijū Daifunsen: Daigorō tai Goriasu?) is a 1972 Kaiju film. The film was produced by Tsuburaya Productions.


Daigoro is a monster who was orphaned after the military used intercontinental missiles to kill his mother while she tried to protect him. Only one man stood against that decision. He pitied the infant, and took it as his own and raised him in Japan. But Daigoro grew too large and too expensive to feed. The man made Daigoro an icon for a business. Elsewhere Goliath, a monster who had been trapped in an asteroid for a long time, went to Earth and battled Daigoro. Goliath eventually defeated Daigoro by striking him with lightning from his horn. Goliath then left to pillage the world, leaving Daigoro to die. Daigoro recovered and practiced daily for his next battle against Goliath. After an intense fight, Daigoro breathed his fire ray and managed to defeat Goliath. The humans then grabbed Goliath while he was still weak and strapped him to a rocket and launched him into space.


The film was planned as part of the yearlong celebration of Tsuburaya Productions 10th Anniversary in 1971. Tsuburaya approached Toho with the idea of creating a new film with Toho's most popular, and Eiji Tsuburaya's most famous, creation: Godzilla. Toho gave the project the green light, and agreed to loan Tsuburaya Productions' a Godzilla suit. This project never saw the light of day in its original form.

Over time, it was heavily altered and repackaged as Daigoro vs. Goliath (1971), with Toho taking a distribution role and Tsuburaya producing the final product.


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