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Director:
Writers:
Reuben Bercovitch (story)
Takeshi Kimura (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 July 1966 (USA) See more »
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He rolled the Seven Wonders of the World into one!
Plot:
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tadao Takashima ... Dr. Yuzo Kawaji
Nick Adams ... Dr. James Bowen
Kumi Mizuno ... Dr. Sueko Togami
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Mr. Kawai
Kôji Furuhata ... Frankenstein
Jun Tazaki ... Military Advisor
Susumu Fujita ... Osaka Police Chief

Takashi Shimura ... Axis Scientist
Nobuo Nakamura ... 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
Keiko Sawai ... Kazuko, the dying girl
Noriko Takahashi ... Girl in Lodge
Peter Mann ... Dr. Liesendorf
Ren Yamamoto ... Bystander
Yutaka Sada ... Hospital Administrator
Hisaya Itô ... Osaka Police Sergeant
Kenzô Tabu ... Scornful News Editor
Shigeki Ishida ... Chuckling Scientist
Nadao Kirino ... Police Sergeant
Yutaka Nakayama ... News Cameraman A
Senkichi Ômura ... News Cameraman B
Tadashi Okabe ... Sarcastic Reporter
Toshihiko Furuta ... Bystander
Kenichiro Kawaji ... Young Frankenstein
Hideaki Nitani ... Hospital Official
Shin Ôtomo ... Policeman
Shôichi Hirose ... Tunnel Worker
Hideo Shibuya ... Reporter
Saburô Iketani ... Reporter

Haruo Nakajima ... Baragon

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Reuben Bercovitch  story
Takeshi Kimura  screenplay (as Kaoru Mabuchi)
Mary Shelley  novel "Frankenstein": uncredited
Jerry Sohl  synopsis

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer (US version)
Reuben Bercovitch .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer (US version)
Henry G. Saperstein .... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kita 
 
Makeup Department
Riki Konna .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Hashimoto .... assistant director
Kôji Kajita .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Salvatore Billitteri .... dialogue re-recording supervisor: English
Wataru Konuma .... sound recordist
Sadamasa Nishimoto .... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Fumio Nakadai .... special effects scene manipulation
Teruyoshi Nakano .... assistant director of special effects
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... art director of special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... director of special effects photography
Sadao Iizuda .... optical photography
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... optical photographer
Sokei Tomioka .... director of special effects photography
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Casting Department
Ai Maeda .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Kiyashi Tsurusaki .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Gorô Naya .... voice dubbing: Dr. James Bowen
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon" - Japan (original title)
"Frankenstein vs. Baragon" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
90 min | Japan:93 min (original version) | USA:87 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Akira Ifukube reused some of the score from Daikaijû Baran (1958).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Frankenstein tries to capture the wild boar, in the last shot of the boar running off, the tracks that the model is running on are visible.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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
More Toho fun!, 4 January 2000
Author: Tin Man-5 from Auke Bay, Alaska

Deep within the heart of me exists a love for films featuring giant creatures battling it out for supremecy in the streets of Tokyo. I just remember watching them with anticipation as a small child, waiting in anxiety to see who the victor would be of these mommoth clashes. Of course, with familiar characters like Gamera, Rodan, Mothra, Ghidra, Gigan, Baragon, King Kong, and, of course, Godzilla stomping Tokyo in each film, this one, titled "Frankenstein vs. Baragon" here in the U.S., takes the cake for taking the most risks.

This film sets up many important things for the Toho universe: It introduces Baragon, who would later become a favorite of the genre. In additon, it makes political statements on nuclear testing. Oh, and on a side-note, it also *takes Frankenstein's monster, grows him to giant heights, pits him against Baragon, and puts a classic Gothic monster's face into the gallery of gigantic monsters to rummage Japan.* If you aren't impressed by the first two factors, at least appretiate the third one simply for its camp value.

AND WHAT CAMP VALUE IT IS! The fights in this are some of the best of the Toho universe. Frankenstein looks like an overgrown caveman, and Baragon is effectively established as a leading monster. And while most of the battles simply take place in a few mountains outside of-- you guessed it-- Tokyo, the fun still exists, and its as just as a good time as you'll find in any given Godzilla or Gamera flick.

Silly, cliched, stupid, pointless...and one heckuva good time! LOOK OUT FOR THE BEATING HEART OF FRANKENSTEIN! AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T EAT IT!

*** out of ****

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