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Dogora (1964)

Uchû daikaijû Dogora (original title)
The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Jôjirô Okami (story "Space Mons"), Shin'ichi Sekizawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Inspector Kommei
Yôko Fujiyama Yôko Fujiyama ... Masayo Kirino
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Kirino
Nobuo Nakamura ... Dr. Munakata
Robert Dunham Robert Dunham ... Mark Jackson (as Dan Yuma)
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Hamako the Gangster Moll
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Chief Inspector
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... General Iwasa
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Gangster Boss
Hideyo Amamoto ... Maki the Safecracker
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Sabu the Small Fry
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Gangster
Nadao Kirino Nadao Kirino ... Gangster
Akira Wakamatsu Akira Wakamatsu ... Gangster
Jun Funato Jun Funato ... Inspector Nitta
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Storyline

Several satellites have been destroyed without explanation. A few days later, a group of diamond thieves are thwarted when the gems they are after suddenly disappear. Strangely enough, the two incidents are connected when scientists discover that a giant jellyfish like creature, which was mutated due to a high amount of radiation hovering over Japan, is drawing up all carbon based matter, including coal and diamonds. Soon the creature is also attacking bridges and ships. Can anything be done to destroy the creature before he begins drawing up all mankind? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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SOS From Earth. It Devours Buildings and People.

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 August 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogora See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukuoka, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After the giant Dogora wraps its tentacle around the bridge's beams, partway through the shot, the tentacle switches from being around the beam to behind it. See more »

Crazy Credits

The U.S. English dubbed version, released by American International under the title "Dagora, The Space Monster," has all of the cast and credits removed. The picture and sound contain an awkward jump from the main title to the first scene. It is believed that American International, for unknown reasons, physically cut the cast and credits from their initial release prints. See more »

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Two Movies In One
27 January 2008 | by JohnnycitystarSee all my reviews

This Film Feels like two movies in one.One part focus on the monster Dogora, a jellyfish like space monster and the other on a bunch of criminals stealing diamonds that Dogora has an interest for.This film does has some lesser moments from dogora being a uninteresting monster but is saved by the cast of characters,solid acting and has humor to keep this film being good.

The film starts off with a gang of diamond thieves stealing diamonds but eventually they start noticing weird things from floating in the air and seeing a weird object at the diamond place.Meanwhile detective Komai is investigating on a suspicious character name Mark Jackson who has something to do with the diamond heist that went wrong and Mark Jackson has his own motives of his own when he visits the gang boss of diamond thieves.

Later, The Gang tries to come with another heist to steal the diamonds but are interrupted by Mark Jackson.But notice that one of the trucks starts floating in the air though the diamond gang got away with the diamonds but really it was candy as they were tricked.Komai Evenutally finds Mark Jackson and realize that he's a special agent looking for the diamonds and to make sure the gang doesn't get it.

Envenutally strange things start happening around the world from diamond shops to anywhere with diamond sunnedly disappear and Dr. Munakata a professor on carbon dioxide know that the space creature Dogora is taking the diamond soon enough Dogora is in Kyushu and is attacking can It be stop? Overall, Dogora is very uninteresting by the time he appears on screen which is the middle of the film.His appearance somewhat hurts the pacing of the film as you could care less about the monster and really focus and pay more attention to the cast of characters who really steals the show from the title monster.Plus the humor that is brought into the film.From Mark Jackson Shrugging his shoulders,to Komai's naive attitude that make him look dumb and Gangster Sabu who cowardly attitude that has at least you grinning.

as for the Acting, Everyone gives a solid job with their roles, despite what little there given.Robort Dunham gives the most memorable and enjoyable performance of the cast.It's his Fluent Japanese that has his performance praised and deserves Props for his performance.Yosuke Natsuki is another Detective-Deadpan lead for this film.since his character is so flat, he gives a flat performance as well.Nabuo Nakamura as Dr. Munakata is well done.He really fits into his role as the curious bland doctor as he he wants Dogora to be studied not killed.Yoko Fujiyama brings a charm, innocent look to her role as Masayo Kirino as she is the doctor's assistant and also it's funny and cute when she flirts with Komai a.And last there Akiko Wakabayshi as Hamako.Her seductive flare and sly energetic-ness make her role interesting and great.

Overall, Dogora is not bad It's worth watching one or twice when your not doing anything at all but it's not worth watching 60 times though.


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