Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (1965)

Japan,
87m (USA), 93m (Japan)
35mm film, Tohoscope, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, Japanese

A Japanese science fiction film directed by Ishirô Honda.

Plot Summary

During , Japanese troops steal a human heart from Dr Frankenstein's European laboratory and return in to Japan where it's irradiated during the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. The heart grows a head and escapes the lab. Later, a wild boy is found by , dubbed Frankenstein and starts to grow at an alarming rate, reaching 20 feet in height. The almost indestructible creature is used to fight a giant monster that appears near Mount Fuji and goes on the rampage.

Credits

Crew
Director: Ishirô Honda
Toho, Henry G. Saperstein Enterprises Inc
US Version Executive Producers: Henry G. Saperstein, Reuben Bercovitch
Producer: Tanaka Tomoyuki
US Version Presenters: James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff
Script: Kaoru Mabuchi [real name: Takeshi Kimura]
US Version Script: Jerry Sohl
Story: Reuben Bercovitch
Director of Photography: Hajime Koizumi
Editor: Ryohei Fujii
Music: Akira Ifukube
Sound Recordist: Wataru Konuma
Make-up: Riki Konna
Director of Special Effects: Eiji Tsuburaya
Directors of Special Effects Photography: Sokei Tomioka, Teisho Arikawa
Production Designer: Takeo Kita

Cast
Tadao Takashima (Dr Yuzo Kawaji)
Nick Adams (Dr James Bowen)
Kumi Mizuno (Dr Sueko Togami)
Yoshio Tsuchiya (Mr Kawai)
Koji Furuhata (Furankenshutain)
Jun Tazaki (military advisor)
Susumu Fujita (Osaka Police Chief)
Takashi Shimura (Axis aientist)
Nobuo Nakamura (skeptical museum chief)
Kenji Sahara (sldier)
Yoshifumi Tajima (submarine commander)
Terunobu Nomura (overzealous reporter)
Haruya Kato (TV director)
Ikio Sawamura (man walking dog)
Yoshio Kosugi (mountain soldier)
Keiko Sawai (Kazuko)
Noriko Takahashi (girl in lodge)
Peter Mann (Dr Liesendorf)
Ren Yamamoto (bystander)
Yutaka Sada (hospital administrator)

Alternative Titles

Frankenstein – Der Schrecken mit dem Affengesicht – Austrian title
Frankenstein a la conquista de la Tierra – Venezuelan title
Frankenstein alla conquista della terra – Italian title
Frankenstein and the Giant Lizard
Frankenstein Conquers the World – US title
Frankenstein Meets the Giant Devil Fish
Frankenstein vs Godjirra – working title
Frankenstein vs the Giant Devil Fish
Frankenstein vs the Subterranean Monster
Furankensuten to Baragon

Sequel
Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira (1966)

Includes extracts from
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)
Sekai daisenso (1961)

Extracts included in
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Gojira FuantajÎ ~SF Kôkyô FuantajÎ~ (1984)
Hollywood Dinosaurs (1991)

References

Periodicals

  • The Dark Side no.55 pp.27-28 – review
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland no.39 pp.10-24 – illustrated article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin May 1967 p.75 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Movie Club no.5 pp.17-18 – review

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  p.154
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.136-136 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.240
  • The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films by Salvador Murguia (ed.) pp.79-80 – credits, review (by Jared Miracle)
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee p.310
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.152
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.147 – credits, review
  • Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide, The by Stephen Jones p.66 – credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.68
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.149 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.180-181
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.188-190