Pacific Rim (2013)

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Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Producer(s) Thomas Tull,
Jon Jashni,
Guillermo del Toro,
Mary Parent
Written by Travis Beacham,
Guillermo del Toro
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Rating PG-13
Budget $190,000,000
Box office $101,802,906 (U.S.)
$309,200,000 (Foreign)
$411,002,906 (Total)
Running time 131 minutes
(2 hours and 11 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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Go Big or Go Extinct

— Tagline

Pacific Rim is a 2013 American kaiju film produced by Legendary Pictures and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film was released in U.S. theaters on July 12, 2013.


The film starts with Raleigh Becket narrating over the first kaiju, Tresspasser, appearing on the planet through a portal at the bottom of the pacific ocean known as The Breach, attacking San Francisco on August 10-16, 2013. The military eventually killed Trespasser with three tactical nukes after three cities were decimated,, but over the course of the next few years, more kaiju would come out of the Breach. The nations of the world decided to band together in a joint project to fight the kaiju, and built robots called Jaegers (that required two pilots with mind links) to fight the kaiju as nuclear bombs would destroy most of the cities and the planet.

The story then goes to February 20, 2020- the largest Category 3 kaiju ever recorded, Knifehead, was detected. The Jaeger Gipsy Danger, piloted by Raleigh and his brother Yancy deploys to fight the kaiju. The two pilots manage to take down Kinfehead, but get distracted and Knifehead attacks the Jeager, killing Yancy. Raleigh manages to kill Knifehead and pilot the Jeager to shore by himself (a feat only done once before), but passes out and later leaves the Jeager program.

5 years later, the UN tells Marshal Stacker Pentecost that the Jaegers are starting to lose their effectiveness as the kaiju start adapting. He is given eight more months of funding for the Jaegers, while a huge wall spanning the entire pacific rim is built as an alternative. Pentecost finds Raleigh, who working on the wall. Marshall Pentecost convinces Raleigh to join the last four Jaeger crews in one last assault against the breach, attempting to drop a thermonuclear bomb into it to close it. The two meet Mako Mori at the Hong Kong Jaeger Bay- Mako is found to be one of the best candidates as Raleigh's copilot, despite Pentecost's objections. A scientist named Newton Geiszler tells Pentecost that he could possibly connect with a kaiju brain the same way two Jeager pilots connect with each other, but Pentecost dissmisses the idea to be crazy and absurd- however, Newton manages to do it anyway using scrap junk.In a trial run, Raleigh learns that Pentecost saved Mako's life during a kaiju attack when she was a child-Pentecost practically adopted her since her parents were killed by the kaiju, which explains why he is so protective of Mako. Newton's fellow scientist, Hermann Gottlieb, tells Pentecost that Newton managed to connect with a kaiju brain- Newton tells Pentecost that he found out the kaiju were actually genetically engineered "colonists" sent by an alien civilization to take out the "vermin"- the humans. Pentecost sends Newton to find a black market kaiju organ dealer named Hannibal Chau to get a new kaiju brain.

Two Kaiju come out of the breach (Code names Leatherback and Otachi) and attack Hong Kong. Three Jaegers (named Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, and Striker Eureka) battle the two Kaiju, but two of the Jaegers get destroyed and the third Jaeger's circuits get fried by Leatherback's unique EMP pulse. Meanwhile, Otachi makes landfall on Hong Kong and searches for Newton, since he managed to drift with a kaiju. Pentecost sends in Gipsy Danger, who kills Leatherback and Otachi, and saves the short-circuited Jaeger (Striker Eureka). While Hannibal Chau dissects Otachi, (with Newton wanting the brain) they find out it is pregnant- the baby kaiju emerges and eats Chau before getting strangled by its umbilical cord. Newton and Hermann connect with the baby kaiju's brain,

Two kaiju emerge from the breach and swim around it to protect it the same time the plan to send a nuclear bomb into the breach is given the go ahead- the two remaining Jeagers (Pentecost taking the place of one of the Jeager pilots) are stopped by Hermann and Newton right before they engage the kaiju, who found out that they would need to use the body of a kaiju to open the breach and drop the bomb inside. During the Jaeger's assault, Another kaiju, Slattern, biggest kaiju seen on earth at the time, emerged from the Breach. Raleigh and Mako kill Raiju with Gypsy's sword. Striker Eureka decides to detonate her payload and allow and kills Scunner, but only mortally wounds Slattern. Gipsy manages to finish off Slattern and rides its corpse to open the breach. Mako and Raleigh eject from Gipsy right before they detonate Gipsy's nuclear core as an alternative to the thermonuclear bomb, closing the breach and ending the kaiju war.

In a mid-credits scene, Chau cuts his way out of the infant Kaiju carcass and asks where his shoe is.


A transcript of Pacific Rim's end credits are available on SciFi Japan.

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


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

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

  • Charles Luu, Lance Luu, Mark Luu   as   Wei Tang Triplets
  • Robert Maillet   as   Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky
  • Heather Doerksen   as   Lt. Aleksis Kaidanovsky
  • Josh Peace   as   Officer
  • Sebastian Pigott   as   Engineer
  • Victoria Marie   as   Chinese Girl in Anti-Kaiju Refuge
  • Roger Wong   as   Man in Anti-Kaiju Refuge
  • JC Kenny   as   TV Reporter
  • Jane Watson   as   Raleigh and Yancy's Mom
  • Robert Morse   as   Raleigh and Yancy's Dad
  • Paul Michael Wyers   as   Young Raleigh
  • Tyler Stevenson   as   Young Yancy
  • Mike Chute, Duncan McLeod, Louis Paquette, Matthew G. Taylor   as   Saltchuck Crew
  • Terry Belleville, Frank Nakashima, Farzad Sadrian, Mishu Vellani, Clive Walton   as   UN Representatives
  • Peter Kosaka   as   Young Mako's Father
  • Yiren Stark   as   Young Mako's Mother
  • Hubert Tran   as   Asian Boy
  • Trek Buccino   as   Young Newt
  • Drew Adkins   as   Young Gottlieb
  • Kelvin Lum, Soo David Chum Ling, Randy Lee, Jung-Yul Kim, Kaelyn Wong   as   Hannibal Chau Thugs




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Main article: Pacific Rim/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Battle for Pacific (Битка за пацифик; Serbia)
  • Battle of the Pacific (Batalha do Pacífico; Portugal)
  • Circle of Fire (Círculo de Fogo; Brazil)

Theatrical releases

  • Argentina - July 11, 2013
  • Australia - July 11, 2013
  • Bolivia - July 11, 2013
  • Chile - July 11, 2013
  • Czech Republic - July 11, 2013
  • Dominican Republic - July 11, 2013
  • Croatia - July 11, 2013
  • Hungary - July 11, 2013
  • Indonesia - July 11, 2013
  • Italy - July 11, 2013
  • South Korea - July 11, 2013
  • Lebanon - July 11, 2013
  • Montenegro - July 11, 2013
  • Republic of Macedonia - July 11, 2013
  • Malaysia - July 11, 2013
  • New Zealand - July 11, 2013
  • Peru - July 11, 2013
  • Philippines - July 11, 2013
  • Puerto Rico - July 11, 2013
  • Serbia - July 11, 2013
  • Russia - July 11, 2013
  • Singapore - July 11, 2013
  • Slovenia - July 11, 2013
  • Slovakia - July 11, 2013
  • Thailand - July 11, 2013
  • Taiwan - July 11, 2013
  • Ukraine - July 11, 2013
  • Uruguay - July 11, 2013
  • Canada - July 12, 2013
  • Colombia - July 12, 2013
  • Cyprus - July 12, 2013
  • Estonia - July 12, 2013
  • United Kingdom - July 12, 2013
  • Ireland - July 12, 2013
  • India - July 12, 2013
  • Lithuania - July 12, 2013
  • Latvia - July 12, 2013
  • Mexico - July 12, 2013
  • Panama - July 12, 2013
  • Poland - July 12, 2013
  • Romania - July 12, 2013
  • United States - July 12, 2013
  • Venezuela - July 12, 2013
  • Belgium - July 17, 2013
  • France - July 17, 2013
  • Iceland - July 17, 2013
  • Germany - July 18, 2013
  • Hong Kong - July 18, 2013
  • Cambodia - July 18, 2013
  • Netherlands - July 18, 2013
  • Portugal - July 18, 2013
  • Austria - July 19, 2013
  • Turkey - July 19, 2013
  • Vietnam - July 19, 2013
  • China - July 31, 2013
  • Costa Rica - July 31, 2013
  • Denmark - August 1, 2013
  • Israel - August 1, 2013
  • Finland - August 2, 2013
  • Norway - August 2, 2013
  • Sweden - August 2, 2013
  • South Africa - August 2, 2013
  • United Arab Emirates - August 8, 2013
  • Kuwait - August 8, 2013
  • Brazil - August 9, 2013
  • Spain - August 9, 2013
  • Japan - August 9, 2013
  • Paraguay - August 11, 2013
  • Azerbaijan - August 15, 2013
  • Pakistan - August 23, 2013
  • Egypt - September 4, 2013
  • Greece - September 12, 2013
  • Kazakhstan - November 21, 2013
  • Bangladesh - November 22, 2013

Premium Formats

  • RealD 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • 4DX
  • Dolby Atmos

Video releases

Warner Bros. DVD + UltraViolet/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD/3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet (2013)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2 (DVD) or 3 (Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D bundles)
  • Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1 on the 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray, Surround 5.1 on the DVD), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, Focus Points (62 minutes), Drift Space featurette (5 minutes), The Director's Notebook, The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim featurette (17 minutes), production gallery, blooper reel (4 minutes), deleted scenes (4 minutes)
  • Notes: A single-disc DVD without special features can be found packaged with Godzilla (2014). "The Director's Notebook" is only available on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray bundle was reissued in 2017 with a new "Monster Mayhem!" slipcover.


Main article: Pacific Rim/Videos.


  • Hugo Martin, the artist behind the designs of the Jaegers for the film, is noted for his work at id Software and one of the directors of the 2016 first-person shooter video game, DOOM, as well as the sole director of its 2020 sequel, DOOM Eternal.
    • The design of the Atlans, enormous bipedal mechs used by the Night Sentinels to combat the gargantuan, demonic Titans from Hell, draw inspiration from the Jaegers.
  • The Asylum, an American studio specializing in knock-offs of blockbuster films, produced Atlantic Rim to capitalize on Pacific Rim. They released it to DVD on July 9, 2013, three days before Pacific Rim was released in American theaters.

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