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PostSubject: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS   Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:23 pm

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War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein no Kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira (フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ Furankenshutain no Kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira?, lit. "Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda Versus Gaira"), is a 1966 daikaiju eiga (giant-monster movie), and a semisequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World. It introduces two giant, hairy humanoids called Gargantuas, which spawned from the discarded cells of Frankenstein's monster from the previous film and are described as brothers. The Green Gargantua is violent and savage, preying upon human beings; as he lives in sea water, he is given the name Gaira (ガイラ - from kai (or gai, for "stranger")), corresponding to Japanese characters for "sea"). The Brown Gargantua had been raised in captivity, and is docile and gentle; because he resides in the Japan Alps, he is called Sanda (サンダ, from san, "mountain"). The film follows the investigation and military engagements of these creatures until their climatic confrontation in Tokyo.
Several ambiguous references are made to Frankenstein Conquers the World, but the only direct link between the films is the term "Frankenstein", which appears in the title and is used to refer to the Gargantuas ("Frankensteins") in the original (Japanese) dialogue. Like the previous film, which starred Nick Adams, War of the Gargantuas features a Hollywood actor (Russ Tamblyn) in the lead as a scientist, Kumi Mizuno as his colleague, and another Japanese scientist (previously Tadao Takashima, here Kenji Sahara). The similar casting has led to speculation that the film was intended to feature recurring characters. Eiji Tsuburaya helmed the special effects crew with monster suit actor Haruo Nakajima portraying the antagonistic Gaira.
The movie itself is rather vague as to where (if at all) War of the Gargantuas falls in regard to the continuity of Toho's other kaiju films, or even if it should be considered a canonical part of the Godzilla franchise. In 2002's Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, however, specific reference to the Gargantuas is made, indicating that (in this variation on Godzilla continuity, in any case) War of the Gargantuas is considered by Toho to be a legitimate part of the Godzilla universe.

Just bought this dvd 2-pack that comes with RODAN. I had an old vhs boot of the Japanese version, and after watching only the first 10 minutes of the US release have found startling differences between the two movies, ( namely much more of Russ Tamblyn's doctor character inserted into scenes he does not appear in the original version.

Anyay A MOST BAD ASS MONSTER MOVIE! Probably some of THE VERY BEST miniature /model work Toho has ever made, as well as some of the MOST incredible monster brawling city destruction scenes, this one is LITERALLY FLAWLESS!
A GREAT sequal to Frankenstein vs Baragon!
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PostSubject: Re: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS   Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:17 am

yea i picked that up as well, i still gotta watch it though!!!
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PostSubject: Re: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS   Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:24 pm

Great movie. I love job they've been doing with the old Toho classics.
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PostSubject: Re: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS   Tue May 12, 2009 11:07 am

Total gem of a release, I received one for Christmas, and had a lot of fun with this, especially WotG, which I had not seen since I was a wee little one. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS   Wed May 13, 2009 11:16 pm

Got the double feature as well. War of the Gargantuas RULES!!!!

Man I gotta watch that fucker again!!!
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