GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju Episode 7: Daigoro vs. Goliath

Giant monsters are fucking rad, that’s an undeniable fact. But there are hundreds of kaiju films that have spawned out of Japan and the rest of the world, and we desperately needed a flimsy excuse to watch more of them. So join myself and colons each month as we take a look at different kaiju films, from the famous to the obscure, as we work out which ones are worth your time, and who truly is the king of the monsters.

For episode seven, we’re watching Daigoro Vs. Goliath! While the title of the film may make you think it’s just another typical kaiju movie, don’t let it fool you – this is a gripping tale of loss, alcoholism and really needing to take a shit. If you want to watch the film before listening to the podcast, you can do so here via Archive.org.

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Opening music: “EM20_Jerry_GZM” – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Ranking sound clip: “Main Title” from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterShin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Closing music: “Badman Riddim (Jump)” – Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars

Show Notes

Daigoro vs. Gloiath (1972)

Directed by Toshihiro Iijima
Produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Toho
Runtime: 84 minutes

Starring:
Shinsuke Minami as Goro Kizawa
Kazuya Kosaka as Saito (the Zookeeper)
Hiroshi Inuzuka as Uncle (the inventor)
Tetsuo Yamamura as Daigoro
Hisashi Katô as Goliath

3:40 Kicking off Show and Tell with ghosts, aircraft carriers and creepy shots of Ultraman

12:41 Getting distracted and talking about The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Thanks IMDb

18:43 A smattering of facts, all fun, as well as colons discovering what Dinosaur Tank looks like

29:03 Our initial thoughts on the film before we sat down to watch it

32:55 Daigoro might be a friendly kaiju but he’s only being looked after out of guilt for murdering his mother

42:57 Baby Daigoro gets fed with a comically large paper mache baby bottle and we don’t know how to feel about it

45:58 Kumagoro crashes a political rally of some sort while incredibly drunk and ends up fighting everyone

52:57 To save money feeding Daigoro, his keepers are going to feed him a growth inhibitor. People are not thrilled about this, Daigoro included

57:00 The inventor namedrops Ultraman, meaning that he or his show is canon in this universe. Also, Disney’s Goofy?

1:00:33 Goliath enters the fray. The fight is pretty toothless but Daigoro does pull off a pretty terrific dropkick

1:03:00 After Daigoro is defeated, we spend a good chunk of time in a training montage. He eventually gains a new power

1:07:30 Three pretty incompetent people are given the important task of wrapping up Goliath’s thunder horn in tarpaulin

1:13:23 A title card letting us know we’re in the epilogue, and now we’re seeing big baby Goliath being launched into space

1:16:20 We finish with the best scene of the film – Daigoro taking a big shit

1:20:05 It’s colons’ cuddle corner!

1:31:33 Adding three new kaiju to the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking

1:43:30 A brief mention of the next kaiju film

1:45:27 A brief mention of January’s kaiju film

Ranking Monster Film Date Added Ep
1 Mothra Leo Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
2 Gamera Gamera, The Giant Monster June 2019 1
3 Death Ghidorah Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
4 King Ghidorah Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
5 Godzilla Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
6 Mothra Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
7 Yongary Yongary, Monster from the Deep October 2019 5
8 Kamoebas Space Amoeba September 2019 4
9 Goliath Daigoro vs. Goliath December 2019 7
10 Rodan Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
11 Rodan Rodan July 2019 2
12 Daigoro Daigoro vs. Goliath December 2019 7
13 Daigoro’s Mum Daigoro vs. Goliath December 2019 7
14 Gezora Space Amoeba September 2019 4
15 Ganimes Space Amoeba September 2019 4
16 Mothra Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster August 2019 3
17 Garu Garu Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
18 Fairy Mothra Rebirth of Mothra November 2019 6
19 Meganulon Rodan July 2019 2

Thanks for tuning in! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for December’s bonus episode; Godzilla (1998). We’re sorry! See you in episode eight!

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