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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 »
User Reviews:
Underrated and Entertaining See more (49 total) »

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
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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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Did You Know?

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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Underrated and Entertaining, 22 March 2003
Author: rogmeistr from Brooklyn, New York

As a fan of the genre. I had the opportunity recently view this film. As a child I remembered watching this film during the days of "Afternoon Movie Theater" I believe that it was called at Channel 7? It was known as "Frankenstein Conquers the World" and it was quite entertaining. I was young and things of that nature would entertain me. Anyway, back to my review. The movie starts out with a very eerie tone accompanied by very chilling and memorable music, thanks to maestro of music, Akira Ifukube. I believe the score of this music was excellent which I believe help or even save the movie at times. The audience is presented with a World War II torn Germany who gives up Frankenstein's heart to the Japanese. After it's arrival in Japan for experiments, Hiroshima is destroyed by a A-bomb and shifts to present day in Japan. Helps the movie in the fact that gives off enough background information. Anyhow, the Frankestein's heart was supposedly eaten by a young boy who survived the destruction of Hiroshima. Scientist's find the boy for further experiments after he has committed criminal activities (eating dogs, rabbits, etc..)for his survival. The boy grows in a rapid pace and has to be placed in a larger cell for his own protection. He escapes and hides in the forest and hills of Japan. The second monster introduced and first appearance ever in the Kaiju genre is the ever popular, Baragon. He does his monster destruction and eventually meets up the overgrown and poorly designed Frankestein. Of course this is main attraction of this film. The fight scenes are pretty kool and enjoyable. I don't ever remember seeing two monsters going at it as much as this movie, maybe the exception of Baragon and Godzilla in "GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack". Sufficed it to say, Frankenstein wins out and kills Baragon surrounded by a forest of fire. I happen to watch the Japanese version where the Giant Octopus appears and engages in combat with Frankestein and eventually fell off the cliff, taking its entangled prey with him into the sea. A prequel to "The War of the Gargantuas"!! Although I've seen the "Americanized" version of this film with the ending deleted, an earthquake type scene. With the flames in the background, the land would open up and engulf both Baragon and Frankenstein to the bottom of the earth. I still prefer the Japanese version. Overall, very underrated and entertaining film. But, believe me, the score of the film is what gives an added punch. More like, destruction, despair and sadness with a touch of domination. If you're a fan of the Japanese Sci-Fi genre, I would view this one.

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