Geharha: The Dark and Long Haired Monster (2009)
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Geharha: The Dark and Long Haired Monster (長髪大怪獣ゲハラ is a Chōhatsu Daikaijū Gehara, lit. "Giant Long Haired Monster Geharha")2009 made-for-television kaiju short film directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi and written by Jun Miura. Funded by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and produced by IMAGE Co., Ltd., it aired on the NHK program Paphoo! on February 24, 2009.
Two fishermen were on a boat. The boat suddenly began shaking and soon exploded as Geharha rose from the ocean. One fisherman survived Geharha's attack and was found completely bald. He was admitted into a hospital where he began suffering from violent outbursts, screaming the word "hair" quite often. This intrigued a photographer to go deep into a forest looking for anything possibly connected to the attack on the boat. He found a broken stone that read 'Geharha Shrine'. He came across a wooden house full of people that worshipped Geharha, practicing a native dance dedicated to the beast. Their leader told the report that Geharha had escaped and that nothing could be done to stop it. Geharha attacked the city and was attacked by the military, but their weapons were useless. They then made a giant fan which they used to fight Geharha, destroying the area around it in the process. The military continued to attack Geharha, driving him out of the city. They tracked him down in the mountains and bombed him, eventually killing him and causing his body to fall into a river. However, a UFO then came and captured Geharha. They threatened the humans to surrender and then revived Geharha, setting him free to attack Japan once again.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi
- Planned and written by Jun Miura
- Based on a story by Maya Nemoto
- Executive producer Shinji Higuchi
- Produced by Takuyuki Matsuno
- Stock music by Akira Ifukube
- Cinematography by Satoshi Murakawa
- Edited by Atsuki Sato
- Production design by Masato Inatsuki
- 1st assistant director Ryuta Miyazaki
- Director of special effects Kiyotaka Taguchi (uncredited)
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Ken Osawa as Hideo Hagiwara
- Mina Fujii as Momoko Hagiwara
- Yukihide Benny
- Jiji-Boo as doctor
- Mark Chinery as Dr. Anderson
- Wakana Matsumoto, Keisaku Kimura as signalmen
- Akane Oshawa
- Yuri Morishita
- Mitsuko Oka as Tsuruko Hagiwara
- Shiro Sano as Dr. Murakami
- Tomorowo Taguchi as Shinto priest
- Kanji Tsuda as Fisherman Kubo
- Hiroyuki Watanabe as JSDF commander
- Pierre Taki as Tank Corps captain
- Terry Ito as alien
- Kazuhiro Yoshida as Geharha
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Main article: Geharha: The Dark and Long Haired Monster/Gallery.
- Giant Long Haired Monster Geharha (literal Japanese title)
- Geharha: The Dark and Long Hair Monster (alternate English title)
King Records DVD/Blu-ray (2009)
- Region: 2 (DVD) or A/1 (Blu-ray)
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: "The People Who Made Geharha" behind-the-scenes featurette
- The design of the Gas Vortical Device Fujin strongly resembles the Markalite Cannons from The Mysterians.
- The UFO in the The Last Chapter: Geharha: Monster Martial Law "trailer" at the end of the film raises Geharha from a lake in the same way an Xilien UFO raised Godzilla in Invasion of Astro-Monster.
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