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Gorath (1962)

Yôsei Gorasu (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ...
Dr. Tazawa - Astrophysicist
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Tomoko Sonoda
Akira Kubo ...
Tatsuma Kanai - Cadet Astronaut
Kumi Mizuno ...
Takiko Nomura
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Wakabayashi - Pilot of Ôtori
Akihiko Hirata ...
Endô - Captain of Ôtori
Kenji Sahara ...
Saiki - Vice Captain of Ôtori
Jun Tazaki ...
Raizô Sonoda - Tomoko's Father
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Kôno - Astrophysicist
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Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Tada - Minister of Finance
Kô Mishima ...
Sanada - Engineer
Sachio Sakai ...
Physician
Takamaru Sasaki ...
Prime Minister Seki
Kô Nishimura ...
Murata - Secretary of Space
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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 K.L.

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See! the world doomed by an invading wild sun 6000 times bigger than earth!


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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

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 »

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When Gorath approaches Saturn, the rings are torn from the planet's orbit due to Gorath's gravity. However, the atmosphere should have also been torn away as well. See more »

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News Anchor: 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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A Classic From The Golden Age of Toho
1 August 1999 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This film is one of my favorites from Toho's "Golden Age" and one of the three "space operas" directed by Ishiro Honda. A giant asteroid with a huge magnetic field is growing by absorbing everything in its path...a path which puts it on a course to Earth. How will man survive? Easy---through the conviction and determination of Japanese will-power and ingenuity, the Earth is pushed out of orbit after giant engines are built at the South Pole. But is it enough to get the Earth out of the path of Gorath?

One scene that most Americans have never seen is the appearance of MAGMA, a giant prehistoric walrus which was awakened by the heat generated at the South Pole by the massive engines. After some initial destruction, the monster is killed by beams fired from a VTOL vehicle (which would see a new life in the TV series, "Ultraman" as the "Jet Beetle.")

Kumi Mizuno shines as one of the female leads with a great bathtub scene when Akira Kubo comes knocking on her door.


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