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Space Amoeba (1970)

Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû (original title)
A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »

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Taro Kudo
Atsuko Takahashi ...
Ayako Hoshino
Yukiko Kobayashi ...
Saki, native girl
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Makoto Obata
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Dr. Kyoichi Mida
Yû Fujiki ...
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Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Yokoyama, an agent
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Yukihiko Gondô ...
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A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant mutant monsters created by the aliens in an attempt to conquer the world. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Spewed from intergalactic space to clutch the planet earth in its ... terror tentacles! See more »

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This film was originally going to be filmed on the Izu peninsula, but this was changed to Hachigo Island because the movie was shot in the wintertime. See more »

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The lighted eyes on the monster Gezora went dead halfway through filming of the fx. There was no money left in the FX budget to repair them, and they remain unlighted in certain scenes. See more »

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A long-time favorite!
28 December 2006 | by (Illinoize) – See all my reviews

For some reason, I remembered this flick more than many other kaiju eiga (giant monster movies) from the same period. In fact, I even have an original "Yog" poster on my wall right next to one for "The Green Slime".

The film is set on a remote tropical island that is being looked at as the possible home of a luxury tourist resort. Funky photographer Kudo (wearing a floppy hat) and his adorable female companion are there to take pictures and check in with some other company personnel on the island. Dr. Mida is there to study marine evolution. And then there is the suspicious acting Obata, who claims to be an anthropologist but is actually an industrial spy.

There is another visitor to the island and this one came from a lot farther than Tokyo. The misty blue space creature Yog (an "astro-quasar" he is called) has fallen to Earth on a space capsule and is now busy turning harmless animals into giant monsters. First of these fearsome freaks is the weird octo-squid Gezora, a plastic-eyed giant that uses its tentacles to walk (stagger is a better word) on land! Gezora sets about killing people and destroying the native huts, but Kudo and pals find a way to defeat the beast.

The only problem is, Yog just jumps to another giant monster. Ganime, a giant crab, is next and then comes Kameba, a titanic tortoise who could give Gamera a run for his money. Not only that, but Yog also takes control of Obata and uses him to sabotage the human's plans.

It's a sticky pickle but the Earthmen find a secret weakness of Yog's that they can use to attack the space monster. Another key to Yog's defeat is Obata...can his mind be turned against the Monster from Space?

The movie is fun and exciting if you're not too demanding. You see plenty of the monsters and even a nasty battle between Ganime and Kameba. Call me nuts, but I thought dialog and acting were a lot better here than other period kaiju films. The characters had more personality...especially Kudo, played by Akira Kubo...and I kind of liked the way every tied together.

Some may be disappointed that no cities get destroyed, but if you're looking for a Japanese monster mash with a bit of a difference, "Yog" will satisfy your craving!!!


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