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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 »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writer:

Ei Ogawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Taro Kudo
Atsuko Takahashi Atsuko Takahashi ... Ayako Hoshino
Yukiko Kobayashi ... Saki, native girl
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Makoto Obata
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Dr. Kyoichi Mida
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Promotion Division Manager
Noritake Saito Noritake Saito ... Rico, the guide
Yûko Sugihara Yûko Sugihara ... Stewardess
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... The Editor
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Yokoyama, an agent
Wataru Ômae Wataru Ômae ... Sakura
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Chieftain Ombo
Yukihiko Gondô Yukihiko Gondô ... Islander
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô ... Islander
Rinsaku Ogata Rinsaku Ogata ... Islander
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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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Taglines:

Twice the monsters! Twice the terror!!!! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

All three monsters, the squid Gezora, the crab Ganimes and the turtle Kamoebas have remained relatively obscure and never had a major role in later monster movies made by Toho. However, Gezora gained some notoriety for its appearance as the first boss in Nintendo's Godzilla: Monster of Monsters video game and its brief cameo in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and Kamoebas also had a cameo as a carcass washed ashore in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003). See more »

Goofs

Three of the main characters wear hats. During the second half of the movie, the hats come and go without reasonable explanation. See more »

Alternate Versions

American International's television release version replaces the original score during the end credits with another section of Akira Ifukube's score that was used during the shipboard sequence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Women of Godzilla (2008) See more »

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Gezora, how I love thee!
14 March 2006 | by deeroqSee all my reviews

The enjoyment that you derive out of this movie is directly proportional to what your expectations are. I'm a big fan of Honda's work, he's made some of the very best giant monster (not just limited to Japanese kaiju) movies ever made - this is not one of them. It's really pretty bad - not Jun Fukuda bad, mind you, but in the world of Ishiro Honda's works it's quite the stinker.

And yet... It's somehow great. What makes it truly great can essentially be summed up in one word. Gezora. Gezora is a giant squid, or an octopus, or perhaps a cuttlefish, or... It really doesn't matter what Gezora is supposed to be, just know that (unlike the giant octopus from "King Kong vs. Godzilla") Gezora is not a slimy creature that flutters and unfurls itself along the ground like an octopus probably would if it could actually move outside of the water. No, my friends, Gezora is rubbery looking and he walks. Let's say that again so that the utter ridiculousness of it can sink in:

Gezora WALKS. On tentacles.

You see, they didn't have access to high-tech animatronics and kaiju films have always had an aversion to stop-motion animation, so, as was custom - it's a guy in a suit. But how does a guy in a suit impersonate the flowing movement of an octopus/squid/cuttlefish on land, you ask?

He doesn't. He walks around, dragging and swinging tentacles with reckless abandon. That, if for no other reason, is why this movie must be seen to be appreciated. Gezora is, by far, my favorite bad kaiju. Yes, even better and far more ridiculous than King Seesar. This may be difficult to believe, but he's even sillier (and more lovable) than Guiron - knife-headed foe of Gamera. You, too, will love Gezora if you just give him a chance - and that chance has arrived as of today, for "Space Amoeba" has been released on DVD.

Huzzah!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 August 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Yog: Monster from Space See more »

Filming Locations:

Hachijôjima, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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