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7/10
Gezora, how I love thee!
deeroq14 March 2006
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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8/10
A long-time favorite!
drmality-128 December 2006
For some reason, I remembered this flick more than many other kaiju eiga (giant monster movies) from the same period. In fact, I even have an original "Yog" poster on my wall right next to one for "The Green Slime".

The film is set on a remote tropical island that is being looked at as the possible home of a luxury tourist resort. Funky photographer Kudo (wearing a floppy hat) and his adorable female companion are there to take pictures and check in with some other company personnel on the island. Dr. Mida is there to study marine evolution. And then there is the suspicious acting Obata, who claims to be an anthropologist but is actually an industrial spy.

There is another visitor to the island and this one came from a lot farther than Tokyo. The misty blue space creature Yog (an "astro-quasar" he is called) has fallen to Earth on a space capsule and is now busy turning harmless animals into giant monsters. First of these fearsome freaks is the weird octo-squid Gezora, a plastic-eyed giant that uses its tentacles to walk (stagger is a better word) on land! Gezora sets about killing people and destroying the native huts, but Kudo and pals find a way to defeat the beast.

The only problem is, Yog just jumps to another giant monster. Ganime, a giant crab, is next and then comes Kameba, a titanic tortoise who could give Gamera a run for his money. Not only that, but Yog also takes control of Obata and uses him to sabotage the human's plans.

It's a sticky pickle but the Earthmen find a secret weakness of Yog's that they can use to attack the space monster. Another key to Yog's defeat is Obata...can his mind be turned against the Monster from Space?

The movie is fun and exciting if you're not too demanding. You see plenty of the monsters and even a nasty battle between Ganime and Kameba. Call me nuts, but I thought dialog and acting were a lot better here than other period kaiju films. The characters had more personality...especially Kudo, played by Akira Kubo...and I kind of liked the way every tied together.

Some may be disappointed that no cities get destroyed, but if you're looking for a Japanese monster mash with a bit of a difference, "Yog" will satisfy your craving!!!
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8/10
Space aliens possess Earth creatures!
OllieSuave-00714 June 2003
This is another alien-invasion movie from Toho studios. It features space alien (s) that invaded a tropical island, where it mutates a squid, crab, and turtle to the size of Godzilla. The aliens' main purpose: to conquer Earth. We have a group of explorers visiting an island to investigate the whereabouts of a lost space probe. There, they encounter the alien monsters, and try to stop them, with the help of some very courageous island natives. The hero of the film is portrayed by Akira Kubo. He has been portraying so many heroic roles by the time he filmed this movie that him being type-casted started to get annoying. Aside from that, we have monsters that were surprisingly very campy and rubber-ish looking.

Overall, an OK kaiju film that should have featured more monsters, providing that the aliens mentioned that they were trying to mutate a lot of animals to attack Earth. The film contains a pretty exciting "rescue-the-earth" mission, nonetheless.

Grade B
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7/10
Yog, the Space Amoeba!
rstef16 November 2007
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An unmanned space capsule plummets back to earth carrying an unwelcome visitor in the form of a glowing, amoeba-like invader. In short order, the alien menace inhabits a cuttle fish (a type of squid), a turtle and a crab. Naturally as this is a kaiju, the animals grow to enormous size and attack a small tropical island where our heroes are planning to build a luxury hotel. Bad choice. Happily, mother nature has a secret weapon against the invaders, sonic waves created by dolphins and bats, which are plentiful on the island.

As the 70's dawned, director Ishiro Honda wanted to do something different from the Godzilla movies and this was it. On the plus side, it is really different and I felt the monsters were well done. Also, the remote island setting is effective and there are some impressive special effects, along with a terrific musical score by Akira Ifukube. The version in the original Japanese is much better than the dubbed version and adds to the fun. If you like to watch terrified people battling enormous creatures made of rubber (I confess I get a kick out of it), you could do much worse than this. Colorful and fast paced, for those who enjoy kaiju.
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8/10
Actually, quite interesting...
Plissken-65 February 2000
When I rented this movie I thought this would be a low budget, rubber monster type, bad acting movie you would see on a late late late show. All of that is true, but the movie plot and situation was kind of interesting.

Yog changes into three different giant size monsters, but Yog is more of a blue mist that takes control of the host. The side story with the space mission is very interesting as well and merges well with the rest of the story. This story also has the cutest oriental woman I have ever seen which kept my attention. But without her, I would still be watching the movie finding out how it turns out.

This movie was a surprise to see and I did enjoy the film very much.
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5/10
Nothing special, but it might be worth seeing
FilmExpertWannabe14 June 2011
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Space Amoeba was essentially the last fresh giant monster film from Toho's Showa era. After this 1970 entry, the rest of their giant monster films were Godzilla pictures. Space Amoeba is mostly a rehash of elements we've seen before at Toho. Alien life forms have come to conquer the planet and use a human vessel as assistance in carrying out the plan. However, instead of bringing their own monsters as the alien races do in The Mysterians, Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster, or Godzilla vs Gigan, they simply blow up the size of some Earth animals (more on that later). It is up to a small group of people on the plot's island to save the day.

In spite of being that last original giant monster picture from Toho's Showa series, Space Amoeba fails to move the needle as much as some of their 50s and 60s movies did. The plot could've worked if it had been carried out with a bit more care, but the boring plot was made no more interesting by good acting or special effects. Eiji Tsuburaya was a famous special effects director at Toho, and this was the first kaiju film made after his death. The special effects are pretty hit-and-miss here, so he is missed.

The monster with the most combined discussion and screen time is the first to appear, Gezora; he is thought to be a monster god by the inhabitants of the island. Gezora is referred to as both a squid and an octopus in the picture depending upon which audio and subtitles you're listening to, but he mostly reflects the proportions of a squid in my opinion. He isn't very convincing in his motions and his suit wrinkles unnaturally. His eyes look very fake as well. Gezora is a pretty obscure monster even within Toho's fans, but it's not without warrant.

Ganime is a giant mutated crab, somewhat similar to Toho's own giant lobster Ebirah that starred in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (aka Godzilla vs The Sea Monster) and much more recently in Godzilla: Final Wars. Compared to his Showa Ebirah stablemate, I actually think Ganime looks better and more menacing. A pretty well done suit and acceptable movements here. Kamoebas is the third and final monster in the film, a giant turtle. He is probably the best known due to his second appearance in a far more popular movie, 2003's Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. Kamoebas and Ganime actually fight at the end of the movie and plummet into a volcano to their demise (predictably).

The only real reason to view Space Amoeba is to see some new monster action, because from the standpoint of the plot and acting, you've seen it before at Toho many times over. That's not to say I will give this film a low rating; I'd still rate it a mediocre 5/10, but that's the most it deserves. Toho did a plenty of superior monster movies before this one (and some of the Godzilla ones that followed), so this shouldn't be one of the first ones you seek.
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6/10
A Fun If Lesser Kaiju Eiga From Honda & Co.
ferbs546 June 2009
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My fellow Trekkers who rent Ishiro Honda's 1970 offering, "Space Amoeba," expecting to see an 11,000-mile-long, single-celled organism on the order of the one shown in the classic "Immunity Syndrome" episode may be a bit disappointed here. Rather, the sparkling hive colony in this film that attaches itself to Earth's unmanned Helios 7 rocket, en route to Jupiter, is comparatively teeny, but still capable of causing major-league mishegas nonetheless. This space hive causes the Earth rocket to crashland in the Pacific and proceeds to transform a squid, a crab and a turtle into some giant monsters, respectively Gezora, Ganime and Kamoeba. Good thing that a Japanese biologist, a photographer, an industrial spy AND the obligatory pretty girl all happen to be convening on nearby Selgio Island to explore a future resort area.... Anyway, this Honda monster bash is a mixed blessing at best. While Gezora looks pretty cool lumbering about on his tentacles, his fellow monstrosities are fairly lame, and the seemingly inevitable dukeout between two of them may be the dullest in the history of the kaiju eiga. The film grows increasingly loopy as it proceeds, and the final 1/3, conflating bats, a native marriage ceremony and a deus-ex-machina volcano, is quite bizarre. Fortunately, the photography of the island looks great, longtime Honda collaborator Akira Ifukube provides another rousing score, and FX man Sadamasa Arikawa dishes out some interesting visuals, especially his outer space shots and the "amoeba" itself. (Sadly, his giant monsters are not equal to those of an earlier Honda colleague, Eiji Tsuburaya.) All in all, the film is an undeniably fun mixed bag that should just manage to please fans of the genre. Oh...a great-looking DVD here, thanks to the fine folks at Media Blasters' Tokyo Shock unit.
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9/10
Feeding frenzy
lordzedd-33 February 2007
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In the late sixties and going into the seventies Toho loved monster movies based on islands. Well, this time it really works. The story is cool, the acting is great and the three main monsters are major league cool. Their names are hard to pronounce but I do feel that the designs are cool and they are not the standard monsters that you find in these movies, a cuddle fish, a crab and a snapping turtle. I love the effect that allows the Snapping Turltle to shoot out his neck. Okay, now the downside, the old native thinking that Gezora is some kind of God even though there is no monsters like that in their religion is just stupid. But that's just me. So to make a long story short, I give it 9 big stars!
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10/10
A hilarious rubber monster movie
mainstay10 November 1999
"Yog: Monster from Space" (the English title) is sort of like "Plan Nine from Outer Space" in the respect that it is a pretty bad film that is wonderfully entertaining to watch. One great example is found in the beginning. The main character is sitting in a jet reading a newspaper. We can see the headline -- 'Jupiter probe fails' (or something to that effect). At that >exact< moment, the guy looks out the window and happens to see the Jupiter probe parachuting back to earth (and he's in a jet going 200-300 miles per hour). Later, at his destination, he's assigned a photography job on this tropical island (apparently a Japanese tourist company is going to build a resort there). When he sees the location of this island marked with an "x" on the map, he says "gee, thats the EXACT SPOT where I saw the jupiter probe go down". Then there are the rubbery-looking monsters complete with Godzillaesque screeching noises, really bad special effects shots where people look like action figures, big halos around the tentacles that grab people, etc. Essentially, the movie is pretty much the same Godzilla formula: characters discover monster(s), characters meet incompetent tribal villagers, characters try to defeat monster(s). For anyone who likes Godzilla et al., or anyone who wants to laugh hysterically at rubbery stop motion monsters in a bad film, this is a must-see.
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Gezora, Gamine, Kameoba, the three rubber monsters.
Horror Fan7 February 1999
Alien plague is spread onto a pacific island by a space capsule that crashes and creates monsters out of normal creatures. Gezora, a giant squid; Gamine, a humungous crab; and Kameba, a huge turtle; all attack the island, fight each other, and sure trample alot of huts. Goofy, with silly special effects and more bad dubbing.
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4/10
Plastic creatures, we love you
Fredericmignard11 March 2001
The Japanese have always had incredible ambitions in their fantasy movies. They have always been ready to destroy cities by huge plastic monsters coming from outer space and elsewhere. The problem is they have never had the money to succeed in making convincing special effects. This film, released in France under the title Les envahisseurs de l'espace, is no exception. Its ambition is to show three creatures from the giant octopus to the giant lobster trying to have the upper hand on the humans. It's extremely awkward and laughable, but well quite enjoyable too. After all, we do like these creatures and these films after all, don't we?
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8/10
Worthwhile Japanese giant monster outing
Woodyanders7 May 2013
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Alien spores hitch a ride on an unmanned space probe and go to Earth. The parasitic life forms crash land on an island and cause a squid, a crab, and a snapping turtle to grow to giant size. Director Ishiro Honda, working from a compelling script by Ei Ogawa, relates the engrossing story at a brisk pace, makes fine use of the exotic tropical setting, maintains a serious tone throughout, and stages a fierce climactic beast bash between the crab and the turtle with rip-roaring aplomb. The sound acting from the capable cast rates as another substantial asset, with especially commendable contributions from Akiro Kubo as likable photographer Taro Kudo, the adorable Atsuko Takahashi as the perky Ayako Hoshino, Kenji Sahara as cynical opportunist Makoto Obata, and Noritake Saito as traumatized native Rico. Moreover, the filmmakers warrant further praise for playing the wild premise completely straight, with no silly humor or an annoying subplot involving a cutesy kid. The special effects are quite colorful and impressive. Taiichi Kankura's sumptuous widescreen cinematography gives the picture an attractive vibrant look. Veteran composer Akiro Ifekube comes through with a typically robust and rousing full-bore orchestral score. A nifty creature feature.
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One word: CRAZY!
Akiosan16 February 2003
"Kessen! Nankai no Dakaiju" (or on Brazilian TV, "Monstruos nos consoles pacíficos". I have seen both Portuguese dub and original Japanese version) has to be one crazy Kaiju eiga opis! It starts with a Space blob from Jupeter coming down to earth and crashing on Guam, mutating anything it gets near to, including A Cuttelfish, Crabs and a Turtles. These creatures go ape $#^#^ and start damaging the vacation resorts (Oh no!)

One scene I remember is where Gezora (the Cuttelfish monster) starts braking into some huts, tossing some hapless vacationers around like, well, action figurines! A must see indeed *laughs*
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3/10
Not one of Toho's best
George Taylor8 March 2018
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A really so-so entry in the Kaiju epics of Toho. Filled with a really likeable cast, this movie is hurt by uninspired monster suits, and really for a Toho, poor special effects. Made after the expert Tsuburaya passed away, the crew that did this didn't do that great of a job. Also known as Yog, Monster From Space, it's easy to see why none of these creations showed up in any other Kaiju films.
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7/10
Monstrously silly fun
JLRVancouver18 February 2018
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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4/10
Forgettable Toho nonsense.
BA_Harrison24 December 2017
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A space parasite takes control of an unmanned probe to Jupiter, steering it back to Earth. Splash landing in the Pacific, the interstellar being proceeds to take over the local marine life, growing it to monstrous proportions, starting with an octopus (Gezora), followed by a crab (Ganimes), and finally, a turtle (Kameba). The extraterrestrial's intention is to conquer the world (what else?). Trying to stop the alien and its massive monsters are a group of people planning to build a resort on a nearby island.

I'm rather partial to a giant monster movie, so you would think my enjoyment would be threefold with Space Amoeba, which features not just one, but a trio of oversized kaiju. That, however, is not the case. The story is a pedestrian mix of nonsense that we have seen before in earlier Toho movies, and the monster action is uninspired: endless flailing rubber limbs, screeching, and trashing of native villages, all of which is very repetitive and ultimately rather boring.

The film is also extremely ridiculous in places: Gezora walks upright on its tentacles (because making it slither would have been too difficult); the islanders conveniently find guns, explosives and gasoline in an old cabin; two of our plucky visitors decide to go diving despite the presence of a colossal killer octopus; and the naturalist in the group somehow works out how to defeat the monsters (which he correctly hypothesises are being controlled by creatures from outer space) using bats! While this silliness might be enough for some, I found the whole thing tiresome.
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Iron Chef Meets Dolomite
Tarquineshetta8 September 2004
The theme ingredients are octopus and kitsch.

This is a great movie for an evening of friends, microwave popcorn, fizzy drinks (your choice), and a kitschy romp that'll make you laugh 'til you cry. If the "Iron Chef" voice-overs make you laugh, these will make you scream for mercy.

Make it a double-feature: complete your evening of low-budget deadpan kitsch with a screening of "Avenging Disco Godfather."

Allez Cuisine!

PS: IMDb says, "Sorry, you must provide at least 10 lines in your comment. Please return to the edit window (or use the BACK option if this isn't a new window)." There! I've made my quota!
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