Killer Whale (1962)

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Killer Whale
The Japanese poster for Killer Whale
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png The Whale God (1962)
Flagicon United States.png Killer Whale (1962)
See alternate titles
Directed by Tokuzo Tanaka
Producer Masaichi Nagata
Written by Kaneto Shindo, Koichiro Uno (novel)
Music by Akira Ifukube
Distributor DaieiJP
Running time 100 minutes
(1 hour, 40 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Killer Whale (鯨神,   Kujira Gami, lit. The Whale God) is a 1962 tokusatsu film produced by Daiei and based on the 1961 novel The Whale God by Koichiro Uno. It was released to Japanese theaters on July 15, 1962.


A small Japanese fishing village is being terrorized by an unusually large and seemingly immortal North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica). Shaki, a man whose family has been killed in one of the whale's rampages, becomes obsessed with killing it for revenge. Meanwhile, a brutal drunkard comes to the village, intent on killing the whale himself.


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


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

  • Katsu Shintaro   as   Kishu
  • Kojiro Hongo   as   Shaki
  • Fujimura Shiho   as   Ei
  • Reiko Fujiwara   as   Okoma
  • Michiko Takano   as   Yuki
  • Takemura Yosuke   as   Kasuke
  • Kyoko Enami   as   Toyo
  • Koji Fujiyama   as   Shaki's brother
  • Chieko Murata   as   Shaki's mother
  • Koh Sugita   as   Shaki's father
  • Kikuko Tachibana   as   Shaki's grandmother
  • Kanji Kawara   as   Shaki's grandfather
  • Takashi Shimura   as   village elder
  • Chikara Hashimoto   as   bearded villager
  • Kichijiro Ueda
  • Bontaro Miake
  • Jutaro Hojo
  • Osamu Abe
  • Kenichi Miyajima
  • Kanji Kawahara
  • William Hughes
  • Masatoki Sasaki
  • Kazuo Mori
  • Junko Ichijo
  • Etsuko Fuji
  • Masako Kato
  • Michiko Masugi




Main article: Killer Whale (film)/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • The Whale God (literal Japanese title)

Video releases

Kadokawa DVD (2006 / 2014)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Japanese)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: Audio commentary (seemingly the 2014 release only), trailer, cast and crew profiles, photo gallery


Japanese theatrical trailer


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