An obituary of Chikara Hashimoto who played Daimajin in its suit was published. According to it, he died of lung cancer at 83 on October 11.
While I hadn’t known it, he is described as an actor who used to be a professional baseball player. After his resignation from baseball due to an accidental injury, he turned into an actor at the suggestion of an assistant director of Daiei movie company.
Taking advantage of his height, he was picked for the role of Daimajin for its Daiei movies, and he acted the character for all the three episode of the series.
It is known that, when he was about to act Daimajin, he was told not to blink, while his eyes were exposed through its mask with the eye parts uncovered, because it would be unsuitable for the guardian deity to blink like a human.
Therefore, it seems that Hashimoto never blinked while the scenes where Daimajin appeared were being filmed, and it is said that, as the dust swirling in the studio made his eyes bloodshot, which allegedly managed to make Daimajin’s furious expression on its face all the more impressive unintentionally as the result even with its mask covering Hashimoto’s face.
Although I didn’t know this either, Hashimoto is likely to have also acted Dymon in the 1968 Daiei “yōkai” movie “Yōkai Daisensō (Yōkai Great War)” and got to make the character as much impressive with its suit designed to have his eyes exposed again.
And, moreover, I have just learnt he played one of the Japanese bad guy martial artists impressively in Bruce Lee’s 1972 “Fist of Fury.” It makes me feel somewhat ashamed that I didn’t notice it at all while both the “Daimajin” movie series and “Fist of Fury” are my favorites!
After he stopped being an actor in 1985, chances are that he showed up at some tokusatsu-related events and the like as the Daimajin actor.