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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 »

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Ishirô Honda

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Ei Ogawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Taro Kudo
Atsuko Takahashi Atsuko Takahashi ... Ayako Hoshino
Yukiko Kobayashi 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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The most fantastic science adventure ever filmed! See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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G | See all certifications »

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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

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Toho Company See more »
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| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The name Gezora was initially rejected for the squid monster because it was too obvious. See more »

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

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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 »

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Monstrously silly fun
18 February 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

A sparkly-blue blob of light from outer space with the ability to take over and mutate/enlarge a host arrives on Earth. Soon, denizens of a tropical island are threatened by a stupendous squid, a colossal crab, and a titanic turtle. Eventually, the space creature takes over a human, allowing it to gloatingly communicate its nefarious plans of world conquest. An aversion to porpoises and bats yields a clue to the invader's weakness, and plans are made to fight back. Diakaiju-sized plot inconsistencies aside, this is a pretty good Toho monster opus. The tentacled monster ('Gezora') is a nicely done example of suit-mation - yes, we all know that there is an actor within, but the creature still looks good and, for an '60's film, is well integrated into the live footage. The turtle ('Kamoebas') is a little weaker in execution but the giant mutant crab ('Ganimes') is excellent - better (IMO) than the shrimp-based kaiju "Ebirah" ("Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" 1966). I watched an adequately dubbed English version of the film, so can't comment on the acting or original script, but generally liked the portrayal of the characters (especially the 'natives', who, unlike most stereotypical peaceful islanders, were the ones who kept showing up with more and bigger guns). Directed by Toho's best known kaiju wrangler (Ishiro Honda) and with music by Akira Ifukube, the film has the look and sound of a Showa-era Godzilla outing and is an entertaining time-passer for anyone willing to suspend their disbelief long enough to fear for the lives of the intrepid islanders, who are all that stand between us and extinction. A must see for people concerned with their 'kaiju-life lists', as the three featured monsters are essentially one-offs in the Toho corral: ('Kamoebas' has a bit part as a washed-ashore corpse in "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S." (2003), 'Gezora' is briefly glimpsed in the opening montage of "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004), and 'Ganimes' never again surfaces (despite being a nicely executed giant crab outfit)).


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