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The Magic Serpent (1966)

Kairyu daikessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy | 5 March 1966 (Japan)
In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of ... See full summary »


Tetsuya Yamanouchi (as Tetsuya Yamauchi)


Masaru Igami, Mokuami Kawatake (story)


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Credited cast:
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata ... Ikazuchi-Maru / Jiraiya
Tomoko Ogawa Tomoko Ogawa ... Sunate
Ryûtarô Ôtomo Ryûtarô Ôtomo ... Orochi-Maru
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Daijô Yûki
Nobuo Kaneko ... Dôjin Hiki
Izumi Hara Izumi Hara ... Spider Woman (as Sen Hara)
Kensaku Hara Kensaku Hara ... Zenbei
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Kido
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seizô Fukumoto ... Ninja
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji


In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of death by a magic bird sent by a wizard. Ten years later, Ikazuki-maru embarks on an adventure to avenge his parents and the wizard's death with his magic powers he learned from the wizard. He kills Yuki Daijo but then must battle Oroki-maru in a battle to the death. Written by Horror-Fan

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Release Date:

5 March 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Froggo and Droggo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jiraiya's giant toad was used in another ninja-themed production from Toei, the popular TV series Kamen no ninja Aka-Kage (1967), as a monster-of-the-week. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the AIP-TV version, the giant monsters' roars were redubbed with those of Toho and Tsuburaya monsters (The Orochi-Maru Dragon roars like Godzilla and Gaira/Green Gargantua, the Ikazuchi-Maru/Jiraiya Toad roars like Rodan, the giant eagle sounds like Mothra, and Sunate's giant spider gives a metallic creaky sound). See more »


References Godzilla (1954) See more »


Susume! Jiraiya
("Forward, Jiraiya!")
Ending Theme (Japanese version only)
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Lyrics by Masaru Igami
Vocals by Yôko Maekawa & Young Fresh
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'Great horny toads!'
1 May 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Ninja, dragons, samurai, wizards, giant spiders, kaiju, evil sorcerers, lots of fights and a substantial (but largely bloodless) body count- what more could you want!? "The Magic Serpent*" is a fast moving, imaginative, and fun example of Japanese fantasy films. In a classic 'hero myth' story: a young prince, robbed of his birthright by an evil usurper and his sorcerer accomplice, trains in the arts of war and magic with an old wizard before returning for revenge and justice. Along his journey, he deals with constant attempts on his life, befriends the children of an unjustly executed farmer, and meets a young women with a mysterious past who is also on a quest. The special effects are quite good, 'suitmation' and puppetry are combined to bring the titular dragon to life, there are odd but imaginative animated inclusions (such as the fireball (?) the hero rides at one point), and some of the stunts during the numerous battles use 'wire work' to allow the hero and villain to make prodigious jumps. The scene where the hero is trapped by a wall of spinning doors is especially clever and well executed. The acting is fine for a samurai-sword and sorcery epic, with the hero heroic and the villain villainous, and the film touches on the merits of unquestioning obedience and filial loyalty a number of times. Despite not being a Toho production, the distinctive roars of various Toho kaiju (including Godzilla) were added to the American version. A must see for fans of pre-CGI fantasy films. *I watched an English-dubbed version of "Kairyu daikessen"

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