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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:
One proposed title was "Frankenstein vs. the Giant Devil Fish". One lobby poster features the title monster fighting a giant octopus. However, that scene was deleted from the film. Ironically, the sequel, The War of the Gargantuas (1966) features a battle between Gaira, the Green Gargantua, and a giant octopus.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the 3 scientists drive to the mountains to search for the monster,they are in a gray sedan. When they stop to continue on foot,they are in a red convertible.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The King of the Underground World, 6 September 2008
Author: jerekra from United States

Frankenstein vs Baragon is one of the most under rated of the Toho Series. It is a highly entertaining film and one of only two Toho Films to star actor Nick Adams. Adams adds something special to the Toho Films he is in. Maybe because he is an American Actor who does not need his lines to be voiced over when the Japanese movies he is in are transferred over to English.

Basically the story goes that part of the Frankenstein Monster is taken over seas during a war and spawns into a giant monster. Basically this monster does not do anything wrong, he is just out of place. But he is blamed for many different incidents that are not his doing but actually the doing of the burrowing dinosaur Baragon.

For the most part I like this movie because Baragon is my favorite monster/kaiju. Baragon is what makes this film, not Frankenstein. Baragon looks awesome, has great abilities,(breathing fire, burrowing, jumps far) and has a great roar. THe Frankenstein monster just looks like a guy who has big teeth, bad hair, and walks around in a caveman outfit.

Baragon gets to have his only starring role in a movie, and I know I am being biased but I think that it is one of the best villain roles for a Toho Monster ever. THis is mainly because he is so secretive by burrowing underground and is undetected. Baragon gets in a lot of solid action towards the final half an hour. The fact that Baragon is responsible for the destruction that Frankenstein is blamed for is very similar to some parts of the original Frankenstein book by Mary Shelley. Strangely enough Baragon is not referred to by his name in this film.

The final battle between Frankenstein and Baragon is pretty good. Having to wait until the end to witness it definitely is worth it.

SO for the most part, the Frankenstein Monster is not what makes this film. Baragon makes the film. Watch it for my favorite monster Baragon.

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