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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

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A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors:

Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda (uncredited)

Writer:

Sid Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... Cmdr. James Bradley
Tsuruko Kobayashi Tsuruko Kobayashi ... Anna
Clifford Kawada Clifford Kawada ... Capt,. Kishi
Derick Shimatsu ... Matsu, the boy
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Shidori Isoh
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Paul's Friend
Hiroshi Hisasume Hiroshi Hisasume ... Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi Yoneo Iguchi ... Radio Operator
Hideo Inamura Hideo Inamura ... Doomed Soldier
Roy K. Ogata Roy K. Ogata ... Extra
George Sasaki George Sasaki ... Soldier
Michael Sung Michael Sung ... Extra
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Soldier
Akio Kusama Akio Kusama ... Soldier
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Storyline

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From a World Below, It Came to Terrorize - To Destroy - To Revenge!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Varan el increible See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo (perspecta sound systems)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the Americanized version from 1962, even though the film is called "Varan the Unbelievable", the monster is called "Obake" throughout the film for some reason. See more »

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Edited from Daikaijû Baran (1958) See more »

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A mind-numbing bore...
10 May 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Despite some good monster suit and model effects, plus some good opening scenes involving a then barely seen monster, this one soon descends into the military repeatedly battling the monster (never actually called Varan in the film) and battling the monster and battling the monster and battling the monster some more...I hope you get the idea. Unfortunately none of this is enhanced by terrific music such as Akira Ifukube provided for so many Toho films and the ending is much too similar to GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS.


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