Daigoro vs. Goliath (怪獣大奮戦 ダイゴロウ対ゴリアス?, lit. Great Desperate Monster Battle: Daigoro Against Goliath) is a Kaijû daifunsen: Daigorou tai Goriasu1972 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was produced as a collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions and Toho Company Ltd. and was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1972.
Daigoro is a monster who became orphaned after the military used Intercontinental missiles to kill his mother, who did what she could to protect him. Only one man stood up to that call. He pitied the child, and took the infant as his own to Japan and raised him there. Soon Daigoro grew too big for a man to take care of, since he needed feeding too often. This caused the man to make Daigoro an icon for a business so he could be fed. Elsewhere, a monster named Goliath crashed to Earth. The two monsters engaged in battle. Daigoro did his best to stand his ground, but Goliath defeated him by striking him with lightning from his horn. Goliath then left to test his power against the world, leaving Daigoro to die. However, 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 weak, and strapped him to a rocket to blast into space.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Toshihiro Iijima
- Written by Kitao Chiba
- Produced by Hajime Tsuburaya
- Music by Toru Fuyuki
- Cinematography by Yuzo Inagaki
- Special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Shinsuke Minami as Kumagoro Onizawa
- Akiji Koboyashi as Hitoshi Suzuki
- Kazuya Kosaka as Saito
- Hachiro Misumi as Hachigoro
- Hiroshi Inuzuka as Ojisan
- Fusako Amachi as Yoshiko
- Reiko Hitomi as Umeko Onisawa
- Tetsuo Yamamura as Daigoro
- Daiki Kato as Goliath
- Great Desperate Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath (Literal Japanese Title)
- The Monsters' Desperate Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath (Alternate Translation)
- This is one of the few non-Ultraman kaiju eiga not to be released outside of Japan.
- Curiously, this film's poster features a rare instance where one of the main characters can be seen twice in the same poster. Goliath is seen in the foreground, but also attached to the rocket flying into space in the background.
- Ultraman is mentioned in the film when a man is lifted into the air by mechanical arms. He jokes that he is Ultraman, implying that the show exists in this movie's universe.
- Originally, this film was conceived to be a joint production between Toho and Tsuburaya Productions entitled Godzilla vs. Redmoon. Toho was going to loan the MusukoGoji suit to Tsuburaya Prosuctions to be used in the film. Ultimately, the project was scrapped and heavily altered into Daigoro vs. Goliath.