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 ...
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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 grows in size, mutates and sprouts appendages, and eventually grows into a complete body and escapes. Later, a feral boy with a certain physical deformity (a large head with a flat top) is captured by scientists who refer to the boy as Frankenstein. The creature grows to the height of 20 feet, escapes again, fights police and army, and is practically indestructible. Later, a reptilian monster goes on a rampage. Eventually the Frankenstein creature and the reptile face off in a terrible battle.Written by
The film's story came from an unused 1962 screenplay titled "King Kong vs. Frankenstein", written by King Kong (1933) special effects technician Willis H. O'Brien. In the story, Dr. Frankenstein's grandson created a 20 ft. monster from the remains of animals, and that monster ended up fighting Kong. The story never got past the screenplay, thought concept art depicting Kong and the Frankenstein monster exist. The screenplay was given to John Beck, who sold it to Toho, who made King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965). O'Brien was never paid for his contribution. See more »
When Frankenstein tries to capture the wild boar, in the last shot of the boar running off, the tracks that the model is running on are visible. See more »
In the original U.S. version distributed by American International, the noted Japanese actor Tadao Takashima is listed in the onscreen credits as "Takao Takashima." See more »
In the mid 1980s, the distribution of this film was taken over by U.P.A. who transferred the film to tape for television syndication. They reshot the opening credits (on tape), trying to duplicate the look of the original title sequence. Apparently they mistimed the footage causing the sound in the first reel to be at lease a full second out of sync. Also, due to sloppy handing of the changeovers, there is slight footage missing at each changeover point causing the running time to be reduced to 86 minutes. This may be one of the worst video transfers ever. By mid-2003, there has been no sign that any attempt has been made to correct the problems and this print remains in distribution. See more »
You must see the full Japanese version to appreciate this.
The complete version as released in Japan is the one to watch if you can get it. There's a very nicely done opening that shows the Frankenstein monster's heart being taken by the Nazis and sent to Japan near the end of WW2. This whole sequence is most eerie, nicely photographed, and puts the whole story into complete perspective of how Frankenstein came to be a Japanese giant monster, something lacking in the American release dubbed version. It almost makes up for the horrible costume of Baragon, one of the worst I've ever seen from Toho. You'll wish Frankenstein was a bit more built here, as he tends to look like a giant adolescent. It's a great battle scene with the forest fire in the background, and generally the whole film is a nice, if uneven, precursor to the constantly misunderstood Frankenstein going on to bigger and better things in War of the Gargantuas.
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