The Kaijucast crew take on the Atmospheric Space Invader, Dogora!
That creepy season is upon us, and a creepy monster from outer space dips its tentacles into our atmosphere to cause chaos and destruction. This month, our discussion focuses on Dogora The Space Monster (1964). This is a lesser known kaiju film about a gigantic space jellyfish that comes down to steal our carbon (how rude!) but the army must stop the rampage. In some ways, it’s like Toho created another monster-on-the-loose film, but in many more ways, this movie is just a unique and bizarre beast of a flick. And to be perfectly honest, it’s not a great installment in Toho’s kaiju genre but we had fun watching this monster making his way through the skies of Japan (and the world).
In addition to the discussion, we do cover some news items. Make sure to click on the links below to learn more about the articles we discuss in this episode.
1. Oshiete Jiji by Kiyoshiro Imawano with Yosui Inoue from The Great Yokai War (2005)
2. Biollante In The Lake-1 by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
3. Main Titles by Akira Ifukube from Dogora The Space Monster (1964)
4. Sign of Godzilla by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
5. 1973 Gamera Dies by Yoko Ueno from Gamera the Brave (2006)
Don’t forget to enter your kaiju-themed costume in our first ever Halloween Costume Contest! The deadline to enter is November 2nd and the winners will be announced on November 10th! We have three categories for this contest: Adult costumes, Child costumes and pet costumes.
Some of these fabulous prizes could be yours, just enter you kaiju costume in our first ever Kaijucast Halloween Costume Contest!
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION: Our next film is All Monsters Attack (1969), which is better known as Godzilla’s Revenge here in the States. This is quite possibly the most disrespected Godzilla film on the market, but we at the Kaijucast know that Godzilla’s Revenge actually has a lot going for it. We are definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and reviews on this entry in the Godzilla series, so make sure you turn in your “homework” before November 22nd to be included in the next discussion episode!
Kaiju Gaiden’s Kickstarter Campaign is underway & they need your help to fund this incredible documentary! (Poster Art by Matt Frank)
In this episode we speak with the two masterminds behind the Kaiju Gaiden documentary. It focuses on the independent kaiju filmmakers in Japan. People like Shizuo Nakajima, the director of Legendary Beast Wolfman vs. Godzilla and Shinpei Hayashiya, director of Gamera 4: Truth and Deep Sea Monster Reigo will be featured along with many more.
Just a note, we recorded this interview about a week ago and they are actually on their way to Japan right now! Make sure to check out their Kaiju Gaiden social media platforms and hopefully they’ll post some updates from their visit to Japan. Also, head over to their campaign and support them!
1. Dogora’s Natural Enemy by the Bukumisha Weird Secret Society from Goukai Na Chikyuboueigun (2001)
2. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah I by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
3. Southern Island Tale by Hachiro Matsui from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
It’s Dogora! Please watch that tentacley invader’s singular entry in the kaiju film landscape, Dogora The Space Monster (1964) and send in your thoughts, questions and reviews (aka your homework) before October 22nd to be a part of the discussion episode.
Hey kids! The Kaijucast is finally hosting our first ever Halloween Costume Contest AND with a giant monster theme, too. Head on over to the contest page and read the rules for your chance to win some awesome prize packs (to be announced later)!