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Genocide (1968)

Konchû daisensô (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1969 (USA)
All the insects on Earth become wild and attack humans, causing Armageddon.

Director:

Kazui Nihonmatsu (as Norman Cooper)

Writers:

Kingen Amada (story), Susumu Takaku
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keisuke Sonoi Keisuke Sonoi ... Yoshito Nagumo
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Jozi Akiyama
Emi Shindô Emi Shindô ... Yukari Akiyama
Reiko Hitomi Reiko Hitomi ... Junko Komuro
Eriko Sono Eriko Sono ... Nagumo's Assistant
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan ... Annabelle (as Cathy Horan)
Chico Lourant Chico Lourant ... Charlie
Ralph Jesser Ralph Jesser ... Lieutenant Gordon (as Rolf Jesser)
Toshiyuki Ichimura Toshiyuki Ichimura ... Seborey Kudo
Tadayoshi Ueda Tadayoshi Ueda ... Tsuneo Matsunaga
Hiroshi Aoyama Hiroshi Aoyama ... Toru Fujii
Hideaki Komori Hideaki Komori
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... Aircraft Captain
Franz Gruber Franz Gruber ... Doctor
Harold Conway Harold Conway ... Commander
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All the insects on Earth become wild and attack humans, causing Armageddon.

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genocide See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Criterion Collection released Genocide on DVD in a compilation set titled When Horror Came to Shochiku through their Eclipse label. The box set was released on November 20, 2012. See more »

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Featured in Cinematic Titanic: War of the Insects (2011) See more »

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Startling imagery, phantasmagoric plot mash pp
10 April 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

I'm rating this movie higher than it probably deserves for a couple of reasons. Firs, one has to admire the audacious, lurching combination of genres and plot lines, hallucinatory in their variations. Secondly, the final two shots of this movie are stunning. I won't give them away, although I wish I could because they are just some of the coolest final images of any science fiction movie of that era, and make the entire movie worthwhile.

All of these impressions reflects some advice I would give if you choose to watch this movie. I don't think one ought to watch it literally, as a plot-driven film, because doing so could be frustrating given some of the illogic and seeming randomness of the events. Instead, I ultimately watched it for the imagery, the drunken, staggering wackiness of it all, and the utterly fascinating cultural aspects of the movie (for example, wow, do Americans not come off particularly well in this flick!).

I would also recommend Genocide for those who enjoy eco-horror or eco-scifi, such as Frogs, Phase IV, Bug (the Bradford Dillman flick), Food of the Gods, and even classic giant irradiated "bug" movies such as Them and Tarantula, which were among the first eco-scifi movies.


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