This is some serious badass shit!
Yes, but who is on whose side here?
Film Focus: French poster for Ishiro Honda’s THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS.
Sorry for the lack of posting guys.
Finals, being sick and trying to not re-take these classes have taken over o_O
I’ll make it up to you.
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Godzilla destroy all monsters
I was going to point out this is actually Godzilla vs. Gigan, but then I noticed Akira Kubo in the credits. So I guess Destroy All Monsters came out afterGodzilla vs. Gigan in the country this poster hails from.
Japanese name: バラゴン
Romanized name: Baragon
Alignment: Varies by continuity
Species: Mutated dinosaur, daikaijuu, guardian monster
Inspiration: Dinosaur, reptile, rhinoceros
Status: Varies by continuity.
From: Frankenstein vs. Subterranean Monster Baragon, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
- “Bara” (バラ), meaning “rose” in Japanese, could refer to Baragon’s back plates, which resemble rose petals. “Gon” is a common suffix in geometrical shape names.
- Baragon’s growl was a modified version of Varan’s roar in the Showa franchise.
- Baragon was supposed to appear in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), but it was replaced by the more recognizable Anguirus. This explains why Anguirus could suddenly burrow underground.
- The original suit for Baragon was used to make the monsters Gabora, Magular and Neronga for the Ultraman series. The same suit was turned into Pagos for Ultra Q. As a result, the Baragon costume suffered from heavy wear and tear.
- Baragon was absent from the majority of Destroy All Monsters because the suit was on loan during the movie’s filming. Gorosaurus was brought in as a replacement and it inherited Baragon’s roar and burrowing ability. Baragon was still blamed for the damage to the Arc de Triomphe, though.
- In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Baragon is referred to as a God of the Earth.
- The design for Nidoking from Pokémon is based on Baragon.
The one thing they missed is that Baragon’s name is actually derived from “Barabara,” the Japanese onomatopoeia for something that is shaking or breaking apart :)
Also, that Anguirus replaced him in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is apparently no true at all.
In memory of Ray Harrhausen
Happy birthday Ishiro Honda 本多猪四郎 | May 7th, 1911 - February 28th, 1993
”Monsters are tragic beings. They are born too tall, too strong, too heavy. They are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy”
The legendary kaiju director Ishiro Honda was born on this day in 1911. An underrated and unsung hero of cinema, Honda directed 1954’s GODZILLA, as well as a good number of the sequels, and many more science-fiction works for Toho (including some of the very best of the genre, such as THE MYSTERIANS, MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA, INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON, and THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS).
Honda also collaborated with his close friend Akira Kurosawa, and even handled (uncredited) co-direction duties on Kurosawa’s final films.
The master at home with his creations. Rest in peace, Ray.
(June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013)
Words cannot express how much of an impact Ray Harryhausen had on my life - he was a magician, a storyteller and a true cinematic genius.
This is one for the Weekly Film Focus archives!
GAMERA VS. ZIGRA (Director: Noriaki Yuasa, 1972)
Japanese name: ジグラ
Romanized name: Jigura
Species: Alien, daikaijuu, Zigra
Inspiration: Goblin shark
From: Gamera vs. Zigra
- Footage from Gamera vs. Zigra was used in Gamera: Super Monster.
- Zigra reappeared in Dark Horse’s Gamera comics.