Nezura / Nezoorabat
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Nezura (ネズラ are unmade giant rat Nezura)kaiju from the unproduced 1964 Daiei film, Giant Horde Beast Nezura (大群獣ネズラ. A winged counterpart, called Nezoorabat Daigunjū Nezura) (ネズーラバット, was also later created by Nezura's planned director Mitsuo Murayama, but ultimately went unused. Nezūrabatto)
The Nezura's name are derived from nezumi (鼠 or ネズミ), the Japanese word for "mouse" or "rat," combined with the suffix -ra which is commonly used in kaiju names. In the treatment for Giant Horde Beast Nezura, the mutant Nezura which grows to enormous size as a result of Nezuras artificially made to devour each other, is known as the Mammoth Nezura (マンモス・ネズラ. Manmosu Nezura)
The Nezura simply looked like sewer rats, due to their portrayal by them as well as large puppets modeled after them.
Giant Horde Beast Nezura was an attempt by Daiei to capitalize on the monster movie trend kicked off by Toho's Godzilla. Several still shots and promotional photos for the Nezura movie were produced and released, but the film was cancelled by Kojima, the executive at Daiei, due to very bad conditions (lice, ticks, and germs) brought on by the live, untrained sewer rats which they caught to shoot the movie, plus the worry caused for the neighboring town of Daiei Studios.
Giant Horde Beast Nezura
At a Food Research Institute located on one of Japan's surrounding islands south of Tokyo, scientists develop a revolutionary high-calorie food source labeled the "S602." One of the scientists discovers the nutrient has terrible side effects that cause mutation in those who consume it. Plans to continue with the experiments of S602 are halted and the current supply is supposedly disposed of. An infestation of rats on the island leads to a number of disappearances. An investigation uncovers giant rats attacking and eating livestock, as well as human victims. One of the dead man-sized rats is dissected for study, and a decision is made to spray poison gas on the island to kill all the rats. Many of them escape to the sea and Tokyo is invaded by a horde of rodents as well as an enormous mammoth-sized rat. The rats eventually cannibalize each other, thus eradicating the threat on its own.
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Ryosaku Takayama compares a Nezura puppet to a rat
Iwakura Inc. Baby Barugon and Nezura figures
- Some elements of Nezura and its scrapped film were incorporated into the 2002 Japanese film Nezulla the Rat Monster.
- Nezura makes a cameo appearance in the Zigra anatomy artwork used for Shout! Factory's 2011 DVD release of Gamera vs. Zigra and Gamera: Super Monster, trapped within one of Zigra's three stomachs with the other two housing Gamera's child friends and various marine animals, including an unlucky Virasian and Pairan.
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