Mothra

Mothra (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Toho studios knew they were onto a good thing when Godzilla became a big hit in 1954, launching the then hitherto untouched genre of Kaiju or monster movies. First there was Rodan in 1956, followed two years later by Varan The Unbelievable, … Continue reading Mothra

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu) Japan (1967) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Despite the second Gamera film Gamera vs. Barugon failing to replicate the success of the first film, Daiei Studio continued with the franchise undeterred. Combining the child-friendly appeal of the debut and the more serious storyline of the second, the formula that … Continue reading Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon) Japan (1966) Dir. Shigeo Tanaka Following the success of the first Gamera film Daiei Studio president Masaichi Nagata immediately ordered a second, with an increased budget and an epic story to match. The result is the most Godzilla-like entry of the series. Set six months after the … Continue reading Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera) Japan (1980) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Desperate times call for desperate measures. Daiei Film studios went bankrupt in 1971 but managed to be revived again in 1974 as producers only. By 1980, they were in dire straits again and felt the only way to turn their fortunes around was to … Continue reading Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron) Japan (1969) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa If you are going to plan to take over another planet and insist on taking children hostage, you shouldn’t get upset if you incur the wrath of a giant flying turtle who has taken it upon himself to protect children and the earth. … Continue reading Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)

Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu)

Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu) Japan (1968) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa There’s something strange in earth’s atmosphere, so who you gonna call? Gamera, of course! Who did you think I’d say? An alien race known as the Viras are looking for a new planet to live on, and the earth is the only … Continue reading Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu)

Gamera vs. Zigra (Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura)

Gamera vs. Zigra (Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura) Japan (1971) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa It seems protecting the earth from recently awoken dormant monsters or alien invaders is a never ending job for Gamera, the giant flying, fire breathing turtle - or at least it is an annual thing judged by the films in this classic … Continue reading Gamera vs. Zigra (Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura)

Gamera vs. Jiger (Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga)

Gamera vs. Jiger (Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga) Japan (1970) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Long before the Mutant Ninja Turtles were labelled “heroes in a half-shell”, a reptilian fighter of justice was already kicking butt in Japan - Gamera. Created as a belated rival to Godzilla, Gamera had run of seven successful films from 1965 to 1971, … Continue reading Gamera vs. Jiger (Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga)

Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera)

Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera) Japan (1965) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Imitation is reputedly the sincerest form of flattery, except in the world of cinema where it is seen as a licence to cash in on a successful format someone else thought of first. If this ersatz version of a hot property is too close … Continue reading Gamera: The Giant Monster (Daikaijû Gamera)

Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira)

Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira) Japan (1964) Dir. Ishiro Honda The fourth entry in the Godzilla canon eschews the silliness of its crossover predecessor King Kong vs. Godzilla (a modern day version is being made by Hollywood as we speak) although that doesn’t mean it isn’t culpable of the occasional layer of cheese melted … Continue reading Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira)