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Gorath (1962)

Yôsei Gorasu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1964 (USA)
In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »


Ishirô Honda


Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Jôjirô Okami (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ... Dr. Tazawa - Astrophysicist
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Tomoko Sonoda
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Tatsuma Kanai - Cadet Astronaut
Kumi Mizuno Kumi Mizuno ... Takiko Nomura
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Wakabayashi - Pilot of Ôtori
Akihiko Hirata ... Endô - Captain of Ôtori
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Saiki - Vice Captain of Ôtori
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Raizô Sonoda - Tomoko's Father
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Dr. Kôno - Astrophysicist
Takashi Shimura ... Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Tada - Minister of Finance
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Sanada - Engineer
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Physician
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Prime Minister Seki
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Murata - Secretary of Space


In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it. A mission sent to observe Gorath is destroyed after all the orbiting ships are drawn into the planetoid. A later mission is sent to observe and the crew barely leaves before suffering the same fate. However Astronaut Tatsuo Kanai is left in a catatonic state due to his near death experience. The Earth's scientists then come up with a desperate plan to build giant rockets at the South Pole to move Earth out of Gorath's path before it is too late. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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See! the world doomed by an invading wild sun 6000 times bigger than earth!


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Japanese | English

Release Date:

15 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs


| (VHS release)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place from 1976 to 1982. See more »


Cables supporting one of the astronauts training in the zero gravity chamber is briefly visible. See more »


News Anchor: If we could come together and cooperate to overcome the danger that threatened us, can't we take this opportunity to work together for all eternity?
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Alternate Versions

"Gorath" has been available in the U.S. in two different versions. The original release by Brenco ran 83 minutes. The film was later acquired by Heritage Enterprises, Inc. who re-edited some of the footage. The most notable change was the complete removal of the entire pre-title sequence. The changes further reduced the running time to 77 minutes. All known U.S. video releases have used the 77 minute Heritage Enterprises version. See more »


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A Classic From The Golden Age of Toho
1 August 1999 | by PetPostSee all my reviews

This film is one of my favorites from Toho's "Golden Age" and one of the three "space operas" directed by Ishiro Honda. A giant asteroid with a huge magnetic field is growing by absorbing everything in its path...a path which puts it on a course to Earth. How will man survive? Easy---through the conviction and determination of Japanese will-power and ingenuity, the Earth is pushed out of orbit after giant engines are built at the South Pole. But is it enough to get the Earth out of the path of Gorath?

One scene that most Americans have never seen is the appearance of MAGMA, a giant prehistoric walrus which was awakened by the heat generated at the South Pole by the massive engines. After some initial destruction, the monster is killed by beams fired from a VTOL vehicle (which would see a new life in the TV series, "Ultraman" as the "Jet Beetle.")

Kumi Mizuno shines as one of the female leads with a great bathtub scene when Akira Kubo comes knocking on her door.

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