Giant monsters are fucking rad, that’s an undeniable fact. But there are hundreds of kaiju films that have spawned out of Japan and the rest of the world, and we desperately needed a flimsy excuse to watch more of them. So join myself and colons each month as we take a look at different kaiju films, from the famous to the obscure, as we work out which ones are worth your time, and who truly is the king of the monsters.
For our inaugural episode, we’ll be taking a look at Gamera, The Giant Monster. Released in 1965, it was Daiei Film’s response to Toho’s hugely successful monster movie franchise, which featured a certain radioactive sea monster. If you want to watch the film before listening to the podcast, you can do so here via Archive.org.
Opening music: “EM20_Jerry_GZM” – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Ranking sound clip: “Main Title” from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Closing music: “Badman Riddim (Jump)” – Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars
Gamera, the Giant Monster (1965)
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by Daiei Film
Runtime: 78 minutes
Eiji Funakoshi as Dr Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi as Kyoko
Junichiro Yamashita as Aoyagi
Kazuo Yagi (and others) as Gamera
2:21 So what even is this podcast anyway?
5:45 Welcome to the Gamera, The Giant Monster fact zone
8:39 The movie begins with some very sensitive depictions of Inuits (this is heavy sarcasm)
12:04 Talking about the amazing American actors in this film (this is also heavy sarcasm)
19:11 Gamera appears!
24:41 Nuking the Earth so hard that we change the Earth’s axis
34:17 Intro to Toshio, the kid who likes turtles
38:24 Gamera is here to ruin Toshio’s day, except not really
49:30 Operation Deep Freeze, and the bombs that work for ten minutes to the second
53:40 Aeolipiles and rocket turtles
59:45 Confirmed sighting of the Tokyo Tower (43:23 minutes into the film)
1:04:36 This film has a narrator now? 50 minutes in?
1:05:53 The Z Plan! Whatever that is
1:07:50 Surf rock! Also RIP Tokyo Tower (54:20, just under 11 minutes)
1:14:42 Oh no, Toshio explodes
1:17:30 Apparently there’s now a typhoon to worry about?
1:20:50 And there’s an active volcano here apparently!
1:26:37 Final thoughts about the film
1:38:02 Ranking the kaiju – the rules
1:39:52 Gamera, from Gamera, The Giant Monster – the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking
1:45:00 A brief mention of next month’s kaiju film
Thanks for tuning in to our debut episode! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for July’s episode by watching the next film on our list; Rodan. See you in episode two!