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The Words Get Stuck in my Throat!

Author: Kent Hicken from Orange County, California USA
20 December 1999

This film is worth seeing if just for the horrible nightclub song! Beware, you will never forget "The Words Get Stuck in my Throat!" Beyond that, the fights between the brown and green Gargantua are entertaining (how could two guys bouncing around a miniature Tokyo set not be entertaining?)

If you love "so bad, it's good" film making, you can't miss this one!

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Get your weird on...

Author: tag-7 from United States
18 November 1999

One of the strangest of Japanese director Inshiro Honda's films but also one of the best.

Many baby boomers remember this film from Saturday morning creature-double-feature fests and it always leaves an impression.

Who can forget "The word's get stuck in my through." (even Devo covered it!)

A must see for any Toho fan, but if you are a fan, chances are you have seen it

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Weird but I like it

Author: Merely from Brocktroit, Massatucky
21 May 1999

This is one of those funky Japanese monster flicks that most peeps I have asked have never even heard of it. I watched it every time it was on one of those Saturday afternoon monster features. Put a scare in me back then, but obviously quite tame by today's standards. Definitely a movie that I want my kids to experience though. Especially the younger ones.

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Sibling Rivalry at its Worse

Author: rickcardona from United States
6 December 2005

War of the Gargantuas is probably the best of the Japanese giant monster flicks. The creatures are like two super huge Bigfoots battling it out to the death. One of the too creatures is gentle and poignantly cares for even the evil creature. But when the green one (the evil one is green) eats people, the good creature (brown Gargantua) engages in a battle to the death with his emerald brother. Like King Kong, their is a lovely woman involved, but much more rationally, the big beasty isn't really interested in her so much as he is just trying to protect her and everyone else from his evil brother.

This movie also has one more advantage which most other giant monster movies don't; the brown Gargantua is more identifiable with the audience because he is humanoid, and the green Gargantua is more repulsive because when he eats humans. It is almost tantamount to cannibalism, since he is also humanoid.

It is a very entertaining movie and I hope it gets a big budget remake some day.

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very mediocre monster movie with a message

Author: r-c-s from Italy
1 November 2005

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this movie is very mediocre. Not unwatchable as "Godzilla vs the smog monster ", yet an extravaganza of mediocrity...from acting ( Russ Tamblyn reminds me of the Willian Shatner-Capt. Kirk out of shape of the 80's ) to the overall package. The plot is not that bad as it shows 2 twin monster Yetis ( or other humanoid big-foots), one evil & the other kind & compassionate (in spite of the fact they are identical). Besides that, lots of miniatures, cartonbox cities and -of course- men in suit jumping here & there wreacking havoc. Many say it was funny... i didn't find it very funny, besides the visible shortcomings of a C, low budget Japanese monster movie. Same as other TOHO movies, it tries to digress from the main focus on the man in suit mashing some cartonbox sky-scraper... in its digression, it fails...Godzilla vs the sea monster is a rare case when such digression is successful, because it's limited in scope. definitely a movie you won't want to watch twice.

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There's only one good part to this movie...

Author: staisil2 from Wisconsin
25 March 2003

This monster movie is one of those fake japanese movies. The only good part in this movie is Russ Tamblyn as the Doctor. His mouth moves to English words as he speaks while everyone elses is spoken in Japanese with English voice overs. There are many scenes where things such as building and cars are models and /or look like a child's play thing. Like I said before, the only reason to really watch this movie is to watch Russ Tamblyn, (or for men, maybe the lead girl), otherwise, don't see this movie. 4.5 out of 10.

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A mixed bag of competence and absurdity

Author: MightyGorga
25 July 2000

This movie is hard to categorize. Some elements are truly bad - notably the acting of Russ Tamblyn, who just doesn't seem to be trying - but others, such as the attacks of the Green Gargantua, are actually quite frightening and well-made. On the whole, a monster flick of comparatively high quality.

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Best fight scene ever in a Japanese Monster movie

Author: gargantuaboy from United States
11 September 2008

I have seen just about EVERY Japanese monster movie including all of the Godzilla movies. This has got to be the very best fight scene of all of them. The two Gargantuas are relentless. They push each other into buildings and slam each others heads in the ground and all this happens while the army shoots lazers at the green one! Also, the miniature work in these scenes is also wonderful. The fight goes into Tokyo Bay and it just KEEPS GOING. The green one throws a ship at the Brown one and then the Brown one throws it right back! NEVER has a Godzilla movie or a Gamera movie come close to this. A truly wonderful monster movie.

When I was a kid in Los Angeles in the early to mid 70's, they would show "War of the Gargantuas" EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, for an entire week! It was called "The Channel 5 Movie Theater." They would really show the same damn movie every night at prime time! It seemed like every two months "War of the Gargantuas" would come on for it's weekly run! Every kid kid knew this movie. I am watching it right now as I write this.

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Hilariously bad.

Author: lartronic from Akron, Ohio
30 June 2000

This is one of the strangest films to come off of TOHO studio's assembly line. Russ Tamblyn must have been returning a favor because he's starred in better stuff than this. The night club song is the film's goofiest scene, I could probably write a better song. One good point is that the green monster is really ugly, like most of these giant monsters should look. All in all, this is a must for TOHO fans, but everyone else should stay away.

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One of the dumbest and least interesting of Toho's giant monster movies

Author: drbreakfastmachine from United States
1 December 2012

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Japanese movie house Toho is the undisputed king of giant monster flicks, being the origin of Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and many other famous creatures. Two of their lesser-known movies are Frankenstein Conquers the World and its sequel, War of the Gargantuas. Frankenstein Conquers the World is a bizarre but entertaining movie in which the heart of the Frankenstein monster is exposed to radiation, causing it to grow into a massive creature that battles a fire-breathing dinosaur and a giant octopus (don't ask). War of the Gargantuas attempts to follow up on that nonsensical and brain-killing plot with something even stupider, and far less interesting.

The movie starts with a ship being attacked by the giant octopus from the last movie, only for the octopus to be attacked by an enormous green hairy beast. The monster defeats the octopus and then destroys the ship, leaving only one survivor. The next day the survivor, who has somehow decided to name the monster Gargantua and has also somehow realized that it's related to Frankenstein (despite it looking nothing like Frankenstein whatsoever), tells his story to the authorities but of course they don't believe him. Dr. Stewart, an "expert" on Frankenstein who was nowhere to be seen in the last movie, is questioned about it and both he and his assistant Akemi explain that the monster could not be Frankenstein, because the last known Frankenstein was a brown-furred monster that lives in the forest (this directly contradicts the previous movie, which made no mention of the furry monster and showed only a human-like one). The green monster, which is alternately called both Gargantua and Frankenstein, comes ashore and causes a ton of damage, then gets severely injured before the brown monster comes and saves it. Suddenly the green monster is named Gailah and the brown monster is named Sanda. Where these names came from is never explained, nor is how everyone suddenly knows to call them that. Sanda and Gailah are friends for a while but eventually Sanda finds out that Gailah eats humans, and this angers him. Sanda attacks Gaila and the two battle it out during the final act of the movie, beginning in the woods, moving to Tokyo, then into the ocean, and the two are killed by a volcanic eruption.

Now, I'm usually really easy on old monster movies because I'm such a huge fan of the genre, but this one is really a disappointment. For starters it lacks any sort of human protagonist, since Dr. Stewart and Akemi are both extremely undeveloped and bland characters who basically do nothing in the story. They spend almost half of the movie trying to decide whether or not Gailah is related to Frankenstein or not, then spend the rest trying to convince the military to leave Sanda alone because he's not dangerous to humans like Gailah is, but they fail to do this so they really have no reason to be in the movie. I guess you could call Sanda the protagonist because he's the one you're rooting for in the final battle, but he doesn't appear until late into the movie and isn't in that many scenes compared to Gailah. Because the movie lacks any sort of central character, the story is really rambling and poorly constructed, and this renders the monster scenes really meaningless and boring. It's hard to care if the military succeeds against the monster or not when you know nothing about either of those forces nor do you know anything about the civilians at stake. Most Godzilla movies have a pretty fleshed-out hero that you care about, and their safety is usually what makes you worry somewhat about the monster carnage. War of the Gargantuas doesn't even attempt to do this, and as a result it's very, very difficult to feel anything other than apathy towards it.

The human element of the story is sorely missing, and I find that the monsters aren't handled well either. These are a very different type of monster from Toho's usual territory; most of their creatures were portrayed using bulky rubber suits without any eye-holes or ventilation, severely limiting the actors' movement. The footage was also slowed down to somewhat realistically simulate the cumbersome size of the creatures. The Gargantuas are created using relatively slim and flexible suits, with eye and mouth openings, allowing the actors to see and move freely, and the footage is not slowed down at all because these beasts are smaller than the others (30 meters compared to Godzilla's 50 meters). Unfortunately, though the action is far faster and more dynamic than in other movies, the speed and agility of the monsters completely betrays their nature as men in suits and kills any suspension of disbelief that they're colossal titans. I cannot see them as anything other than guys in costumes, and even in the worst of the Godzilla movies I can still convince myself that the Big G is truly a giant. It's also a major problem that almost all of the monster scenes occur at night, because it makes it very hard to tell what is going on and it's often impossible to distinguish the two monsters in the dark, because they are identical apart from their fur color.

Really, this is a rare case where Toho did almost nothing right. Even the music by famed maestro Akira Ikufube, who created the memorable and beautiful themes for almost all of Toho's classic monster flicks, turns in an extremely dull and repetitive score for this one. With boring humans, boring monsters, and an extremely anticlimactic and sudden ending (a volcano erupts and kills them? Deus ex machina if I ever saw it), and a dull soundtrack, this one is really a stinker. I recommend Frankenstein Conquers the World for its entertainment value, but this one is safe to skip.

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