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Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon
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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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Frankenstein returns kaiju style. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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

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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Trivia:
Publicity materials issued by American International credited actress Sueko Togami with a major part in this film. Sueko Togami is actually the name of Kumi Mizuno's character.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.
Frankenstein returns kaiju style., 16 March 2012
Author: kevinxirau from United States

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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