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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese version. Written by
Originally, the film wasn't going to include the giant walrus, Magma. However, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka insisted that the monster be put into the film so Ishirô Honda added the sequence, albeit reluctantly. See more »
If we could come together and cooperate to overcome the danger that threatened us, can't we take this opportunity to work together for all eternity?
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YOSEI GORASU, or known as GORATH in America, is a good film from Toho Productions. Unlike one person's negative comment, this is NOT a cheapie film at all.
YOSEI GORASU begins when a special rocket sent into space discovers a giant meteor called Gorath. This meteor can absorb any type of planet and Gorath is heading straight towards Earth. Unfortunately, the rocket is pulled in Gorath's gravitaional pull and explodes. The message about Gorath is recieved and the whole world joins forces to stop Gorath from hitting the Earth.
The special effects from Eiji Tsuburaya are his best ever and Inoshiro Honda's direction is still impressive as ever. Unfortunately, the American version that was released by Brenco Pictures is something left to be desired. Brenco, who also released Toho's THE HUMAN VAPOR (1960) and THE LAST WAR (1961), edited some sequences out and added a weird optical fog over Tsuburaya's minitaure effects. Not only that but the English dubbing gives the American version something not to look forward to for the audience. The dubbing echo's so much that it sounds like it was recorded in a shoe box! Also, a scene in which a giant walrus named Magma was cut from the American version as well. The giant walrus was added in by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka for box office appeal. And though the American version was released theatricaly in 1964, only badly panned and scanned video copies have turned up from television.
And though YOSEI GORASU seems to have been inspired by George Pal's WHEN WORLDS COLIDE (1951), both films are not exactly the same and are completely different.
I highly recommend YOSEI GORASU, but please try to get a hold of the Japanese uncut version and skip the U.S. version.
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