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Daikaijû Baran (1958)

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When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake ... See full summary »

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Kôzô Nomura ...
Kenji Uozaki
Ayumi Sonoda ...
Yuriko Shinjô
Koreya Senda ...
Dr. Sugimoto
Akihiko Hirata ...
Dr. Fujimora, bomb expert
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Majima, Sugimoto's aide
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Military Officer Katsumoto
Minosuke Yamada ...
Secretary of Defense
Hisaya Itô ...
Ichiro, Yuriko's brother
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Captain of Uranami
Nadao Kirino ...
Yutaka Wada
Akira Sera ...
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Akio Kusama ...
Military Officer Kusama
Noriko Honma ...
Ken's Mom
Akira Yamada ...
Issaku
Fumindo Matsuo ...
Horiguchi
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When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake and as they are observing it they are caught in a landslide and killed. A reporter named Yuriko, the sister of one of the men decides to go to the area to find out what exactly happened. She is accompanied by another entomologist named Kenji and a reporter named Horiguchi. When they get to the village where the men were last seen alive they find out about a legend regarding a giant monster. They soon find out that it is not a legend and the monster named Varan is very much alive. Soon Varan leaves the valley where he has lived for millions of years and is heading for Tokyo. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Trivia

After the success of Godzilla (1954) in the USA, ABC-TV commissioned this new monster movie from Toho Studios. The studio intially believed it would only be shown on American TV, and thus ordered the movie shot in black and white at a standard aspect ratio. Almost halfway through shooting, the studios changed their mind and decided the film would indeed be shown in Japanese theaters. This meant that the rest of the movie had to be shot in the anamorphic format of Tohoscope, while the footage that was already shot had its tops and bottoms cropped in order to resemble Tohoscope. See more »

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Several short clips during Baran's attack on Tokyo are borrowed from Godzilla, including a shot of Gojira's tail smashing into a building, and a POV shot from inside a warehouse of Gojira's foot caving the structure in. Similarly, Baran's roar is an amalgam of various Toho monster roars, including that of Gojira itself. See more »

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a good, fun kaiju movie
28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

not as powerful as the original Godzilla, but still a fun movie to watch. Don't waste your time with the Americanized release starring Myron Healy. Get the Japanese version, it's a whole lot better. Varan is called by his real name, he has a more terrifying roar, and the plot is better and so on.

And what's more, the music score really helps the film out. Without such a great score, I would probably rate this movie a 6 or 7 out of 10. But Akira Ifukube's score is so powerful and entertaining, it helped boost the movie's level up.

Once again, don't bother with the Americanized version, check out this one.


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