Friday, December 17, 2010

Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994)

OROCHI blends the ancient Shinto legends of the Yamata no Orochi and the discarded prince Yamato Takeru into a thrilling fantasy adventure from the makers of the GODZILLA series! A daring young prince must set out to fulfill his destiny by destroying the evil god Orochi, an eight-headed dragon that he must battle by transforming into a powerful metal warrior. Although the special effects date the film badly, the ornate sets, impressive action sequences, and incredible costuming make for a grand production on a modest budget. Eastern tradition meets Western influence by adapting elements from CONAN THE BARBARIAN and DRAGONSLAYER into the look and feel of the film. OROCHI contains many of the necessary ingredients for a successful fantasy film, including arcane magic, mythical creatures, sword fighting, and an array of giant monsters, but the light tone and often silly acting do not do the legends justice. It is still an exciting adventure that is sure to appeal to Kaiju fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

If you liked OROCHI, check out:
REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2, HAWK THE SLAYER, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.

3 comments:

  1. For the time, Toho spent quite a bit on this, the first of a proposed sequel. The movie underperformed and the succeeding two sequels were shelved. The main good guy was also the main male character in the 90s version of GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA.

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  2. Hey Carl, Cool stuff. I need to try & check this one out. Conan The Barbarian against Dragons needs a front row ticket for sure.
    Thank you for another Great year of movie news & views Carl. A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you & your family & friends & all who follow ILHM. Paul

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  3. I had a fun time with it, I knew the lead looked familiar but for some reason I thought he was the Indiana Jones character from BATTLE FOR EARTH. Paul have a wonderful Christmas yourself and here's to another year of more Horror!

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