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Uchû daikaijû Dogora (1964)

The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Inspector Kommei
Yôko Fujiyama ...
Masayo Kirino
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Kirino
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Dr. Munakata
Robert Dunham ...
Mark Jackson (as Dan Yuma)
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Hamako the Gangster Moll
Jun Tazaki ...
Chief Inspector
Susumu Fujita ...
General Iwasa
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Gangster Boss
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Maki the Safecracker
Haruya Katô ...
Sabu the Small Fry
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Gangster
Nadao Kirino ...
Gangster
Akira Wakamatsu ...
Gangster
Jun Funato ...
Inspector Nitta
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Several satellites have been destroyed without explanation. A few days later, a group of diamond thieves are thwarted when the gems they are after suddenly disappear. Strangely enough, the two incidents are connected when scientists discover that a giant jellyfish like creature, which was mutated due to a high amount of radiation hovering over Japan, is drawing up all carbon based matter, including coal and diamonds. Soon the creature is also attacking bridges and ships. Can anything be done to destroy the creature before he begins drawing up all mankind? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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SOS From Earth. It Devours Buildings and People.

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Crime | Sci-Fi

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11 August 1964 (Japan)  »

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Dagora, the Space Monster  »

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Trivia

There were originally plans to feature Robert Dunham in a series of films based on the "Mark Jackson" character he played in this film. However, those plans never came to fruition. See more »

Goofs

After the giant Dogora wraps its tentacle around the bridge's beams, partway through the shot, the tentacle switches from being around the beam to behind it. See more »

Crazy Credits

The U.S. English dubbed version, released by American International under the title "Dagora, The Space Monster," has all of the cast and credits removed. The picture and sound contain an awkward jump from the main title to the first scene. It is believed that American International, for unknown reasons, physically cut the cast and credits from their initial release prints. See more »

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DOGORA, THE SPACE MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1964) **
5 April 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

After my positive reaction to GOJIRA (1954) and the promising fact that it was not going to be yet another kiddie Godzilla film, I was rather looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I was still let down by it because, while not quite as inane as the 1960s Godzillas, it's nowhere near as good as the original film from that popular and long-running series. For starters, the jellyfish monster is silly and not at all scary and while the gangster subplot is a welcome distraction at first, it eventually unbalances the film and, in any case, the underworld antics depicted here are pretty dreary and indifferently staged. Like MONSTER ZERO (1965) from the same director which I also recently watched, what little the film has going for it is down to the colorful visuals on display.


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