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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1962 (USA)
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In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated.... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ...
Cmdr. James Bradley
Tsuruko Kobayashi ...
Anna
Clifford Kawada ...
Capt,. Kishi
Derick Shimatsu ...
Matsu, the boy
Kôzô Nomura ...
Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda ...
Shidori Isoh
Fumindo Matsuo ...
Paul's Friend
Hiroshi Hisasume ...
Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi ...
Radio Operator
Hideo Inamura ...
Doomed Soldier
Roy K. Ogata ...
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George Sasaki ...
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Michael Sung ...
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Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Soldier
Akio Kusama ...
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In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From a World Below, It Came to Terrorize - To Destroy - To Revenge!

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7 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Varan el increible  »

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In the Americanized version from 1962, even though the film is called "Varan the Unbelievable", the monster is called "Obake" throughout the film for some reason. See more »

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Edited from Daikaijû Baran (1958) See more »

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30 April 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ishiro Honda directed this Japanese monster film that sees a giant reptilian monster emerge from a lake, having been re-awakened by an undersea earthquake(or some such thing!) It was a local legend to the primitive people who live nearby, but the creature(called Varan) causes havoc before it decides to attack Japan. The military and scientists unite to defeat this creature any way they can. Obvious copy of Godzilla isn't bad, but is just too unoriginal and unremarkable to be at all memorable. Best viewed in the original Japanese language version, which is on the DVD, rather than the re-edited American version, which is seldom seen now.


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