The Book of Lists - Horror: Jörg Buttgereit's Top Ten Japanese Monster Movies

by MinaGrentham | created - 06 Sep 2014 | updated - 06 Sep 2014 | Public

Jörg Buttgereit is the director/cowriter of the legendary art house horror films Nekromantik, Nekromantic 2, Der Todesking, and Schramm. He has also directed music videos, TV shows, and stage productions, and written the books Monster Island and Nightmares in Plastic.

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1. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 1,574

2. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,788

3. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada

Votes: 1,945

4. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 2,282

5. Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

Unrated | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them.

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Nobuhiro Kajima, Miyuki Akiyama, Christopher Murphy, Yûko Hamada

Votes: 2,072

6. Mothra (1961)

Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yumi Itô

Votes: 3,016

7. Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.

Director: Hajime Satô | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Satô, Eizô Kitamura, Hideo Kô

Votes: 1,229

8. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 25,353 | Gross: $2.42M

9. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,044

10. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Chiharu Niiyama, Ryûdô Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 4,521



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