Dogora (1964)

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The Japanese poster for Dogora
Dogora
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Jojiro Okami
Music by Akira Ifukube
Distributor TohoJP,
American International TelevisionUS
Rating Unrated
Running Time 81 minutesJP
(1 hour, 21 minutes)
79 minutesUS
(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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Dogora (宇宙大怪獣ドゴラ,   Uchū Daikaijū Dogora, lit. Giant Space Monster Dogora) is a 1964 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd. It was released to Japanese theaters on August 11, 1964.

Plot

After a giant jellyfish-like alien called Dogora comes to Earth and sucks up all the coal in the Tokyo area, a band of citizens, including a scientist, a diamond broker and a police inspector, band together to try and find a way to kill it after missiles and shells prove ineffective. After several attacks, the main characters find that wasp venom can be used to kill the beast. An artificial substance of equal power is hastily manufactured and after a long while, the mammoth Dogora is finally defeated.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Robert Dunham   as   Mark Jackson
  • Yosuke Natsuki   as   Komai
  • Nobuo Nakamura   as   Dr. Munakata
  • Hiroshi Koizumi   as   Kirino
  • Yoko Fujiyama   as   Munakata's Assistant
  • Akiki Wakabayashi   as   Hamako, Diamond Thief
  • Susumu Fujita   as   Defense Force Executive Officer
  • Seizaburo Kawazu   as   Chief Diamond Thief
  • Yoshifumi Tajima   as   Tada, Thief
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Maki, Thief
  • Haruya Katou   as   Sabu, Thief
  • Jun Tazaki   as   Police Chief
  • Jun Funado   as   Detective Nitta
  • Hideo Shibuya   as   Journalist


Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Dogora (film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Dogora (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Giant Space Monster Dogora (Uchū Daikaijū Dogora, Literal Japanese Title)
  • Space Monster Dogora (English Japanese Title)
  • Dagora, the Space Monster (United States)
  • Dogora: The Monster from the Great Swamp (Dogora: Il Mostro Della Grande Palude, Italy)

U.S. Release

In April 1965, Dogora played at the Toho Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Japanese with English subtitles. A newspaper ad in the Honolulu Advertiser referred to it as Space Monster Dogora.

Dogora was released directly to television in the United States in 1965 by American International Television, under the title Dagora, the Space Monster. Despite this title change, the titular monster is still referred to as "Dogora" in dialogue and a newspaper headline, since AIP-TV used Toho's international English dub track instead of recording one of their own.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Tokyo Shock DVD (2005)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese, English (Mono 1.0)
  • Special Features: Original trailer, production gallery, previews for other Tokyo Shock kaiju releases
  • Notes: Out of print. Picture is slightly cropped.[1]

Toho DVD (2005)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono 1.0 and Surround 5.1)
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Yosuke Natsuki, original trailer, interview with Teruyoshi Nakano and Keizo Murase (26 minutes), photo gallery, booklet
  • Notes: Does not include English subtitles.

Though Dogora is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version can be rented or purchased on the Japanese versions of Amazon Video and iTunes.

Videos

Japanese Dogora trailer
German Dogora trailer
American Dagora, the Space Monster title card
American Dagora, the Space Monster end title

Trivia

  • Originally, Dogora was titled "Space Mons" (スペース・モンス,   Supēsu Monsu) and was meant to be released in 1962.[2]

References

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The King of the Monsters

22 months ago
Score 1

This was an interesting movie to watch. The monster plot really takes second place to the plot involving Mark Jackson and Komai hunting down the diamond thieves. Dogora is honestly not seen in the movie very much, and its iconic jellyfish-like form only appears in a single scene. I don't think this is necessarily one of Toho's strongest kaiju efforts, but it's an entertaining crime drama with plenty of likable and humorous characters. Mark Jackson in particular is one of my favorite human characters from the Showa era, and his dynamic with Komai is fun to watch.

Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 5.
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Green Blob Thing

22 months ago
Score 1
So basically the clip I saw on YouTube is all I need to see if I want to see Dogora in action.