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Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 July 1966 (USA)
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ...
Dr. Yuzo Kawaji
Nick Adams ...
Dr. James Bowen (as Nikku Adamusu)
Kumi Mizuno ...
Dr. Sueko Togami
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Mr. Kawai
Kôji Furuhata ...
Frankenstein
Jun Tazaki ...
Military Advisor
Susumu Fujita ...
Osaka Police Chief
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Axis Scientist
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Skeptical Museum Chief
Kenji Sahara ...
Soldier
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Submarine Commander
Kôzô Nomura ...
Overzealous Reporter (as Terunobu Nomura)
Haruya Katô ...
TV Director
Ikio Sawamura ...
Man Walking Dog
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Mountain Soldier
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During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart grows in size, mutates and sprouts appendages, and eventually grows into a complete body and escapes. Later, a feral boy with a certain physical deformity (a large head with a flat top) is captured by scientists who refer to the boy as Frankenstein. The creature grows to the height of 20 feet, escapes again, fights police and army, and is practically indestructible. Later, a reptilian monster goes on a rampage. Eventually the Frankenstein creature and the reptile face off in a terrible battle. Written by QQQ-2

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The film was a Japanese-U.S. co-production. The versions released in Japan and the United States were nearly identical, though the U.S. version was about 3 minutes shorter. The international version, for release outside the United States and Japan, was longer and replaced the earthquake ending with Frankenstein battling a giant octopus. See more »

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The horse Baragon kills is an obvious stiff puppet. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya recognized how fake the shot looked but chose not to redo it. See more »

Quotes

Axis Scientist: Frankenstein's heart.
Mr. Kawai: Frankenstein? It's alive?
Axis Scientist: It is immortal.
Mr. Kawai: Immortal?
Axis Scientist: You never heard what was said of Frankenstein's experiments?
Mr. Kawai: Yes, but I heard he was destroyed.
Axis Scientist: Well, a long time ago, a German scientist sewed together the parts of a man in hopes to bring it back to life. He used an electric shock to bring it to life.
Mr. Kawai: But what can we gain from the research?
Axis Scientist: We might learn how to process or grow any part of the human body.
Mr. Kawai: Please don't joke with me.
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Crazy Credits

In the original U.S. version distributed by American International, the noted Japanese actor Tadao Takashima is listed in the onscreen credits as "Takao Takashima." See more »

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Frankenstein returns kaiju style.
16 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, just when I thought I've seen it all. This 1965 Toho classic brings the reanimated corpse to the world of giant monsters and elaborate miniatures, an oddball idea. Believe it or not, Frankenstein was originally suppose to fight the likes of Godzilla at the time, but the concept was sorta dropped and instead Godzilla ends up fighting King Kong, Mothra, and Ghidorah. Without wasting the basic idea, however, Toho created this film and the result was "Frankenstein Conquers the World aka Frankenstein vs Baragon."

Plot: During WW2, the Nazis deliver the still-beating heart of the Frankenstein monster to Japanese scientists in Hiroshima who plan to use it for medical purposes. However, the heart was presumed lost in the nuclear explosion that destroyed Hiroshima. Years later, scientists discover a strange wild boy running around and find out soon that the missing heart grew a new body resistant to radiation. With greater access to food in captivity, Frankentein grows rapidly and soon escapes. Then, mysterious, destructive incidents have occurred and everyone's quick to blame Frankenstein. That's not the case as it turns out that Baragon, a subterranean fire-breathing dinosaur, is the real culprit. Soon a battle between Frankenstein and Baragon commences and the fate of Japan hangs by a thread.

Overall, this is an interesting film. It's pretty scientifically accurate and the miniature sets are fairly impressive seeing as how the monsters are smaller that their larger kaiju brethren. The story is also good and the music by Akira Ifukube is a real treat to listen. Frankenstein does look a little goofy with his buck teeth and unsettling shriek.

The monster that steals the show, however, is Baragon. Arguably one of my favorite monsters, Baragon has a great design, cool roar, and a nice set of abilities. The movie starts out a little slow, but once Baragon shows up things get pretty exciting, especially when Franky and Baragon have their awesome lengthy fight. They pretty much beat the living crap out of each other, making this one of my favorite kaiju battles.

This is a fun edition to Toho's roster of creature features. Baragon became so popular thanks to this film that he actually now stars in a few Godzilla films and video games. If you're a fan of giant monsters, then check this action out. I recommend getting the 2-disc special edition for this one. Enjoy!


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