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 episode four, we’re watching Space Amoeba! This lesser-known Ishiro Honda film was released in 1970, and features three incredible monster designs that I’m astonished didn’t set the world on fire. 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
Space Amoeba (1970)
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Toho
Runtime: 84 minutes
Akira Kubo as Taro Kudo
Atsuko Takahashi as Ayako Hoshino
Yukiko Kobayashi as Saki
Kenji Sahara as Makoto Obata
Haruo Nakajima as Gezora/Ganimes
Haruyoshi Nakamura as Kamoebas
Ichiro Murakoshi as Yog (voice)
2:26 A brisk walk into the fact zone
7:37 Kicking off the movie with a clip show
16:18 Aizen from Ultraman R/B shows up except it’s the 70s
24:55 First death of the movie
35:20 Aizen, the Bond villain-looking guy, is a villain
41:10 The kisslip cuttlefish is on fire and yet no one comments on the smell
43:28 A second monster approaches, and kills Aizen but not really
44:56 Giant crab blows up, now there’s a giant crab. A turtle is here too
46:55 The scientist whose answer for everything is aliens. And he’s always right.
49:34 Suddenly there’s a wedding, and the groom is completely incapacitated for the majority of it
55:23 Bats, my one weakness
59:44 Friendship ended with the Tokyo Tower, now volcanoes are my best friend
1:03:39 Some post-film discussion
1:06:16 It’s colons’ cuddle corner!
1:19:20 Adding Gezora, Ganime and Kamoebas to the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking
1:27:20 A brief mention of next month’s kaiju film
Thanks for tuning in! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for October’s episode by watching the next film on our list; Yongary, Monster from the Deep. See you in episode five!