The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 (2020)

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The 12 Day Tale of the
Monster that Died in 8
The Japanese poster for The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Miyakawa, Aki Mizuno
Written by Shunji Iwai, Shinji Higuchi (story)
Music by Toru Fuyuki, ikire
Distributor No Man's Nose
Rating GJP[1]
Running time 88 minutes
(1 hour, 28 minutes)[1]
Aspect ratio 16:9
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The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 (8日で死んだ怪獣の12日の物語,   Yōka de Shinda Kaijū no Jūninichi no Monogatari) is a 2020 kaiju film produced by Japanese Movie Channel and Rockwell Eyes. Initially uploaded to YouTube as a web series from May 19 to May 30, 2020, it was expanded for a Japanese theatrical release on July 31, 2020, distributed by No Man's Nose. It was one of the first feature-length films made entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Shunji Iwai
  • Written by   Shunji Iwai
  • Based on a story by   Shinji Higuchi
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Miyakawa, Aki Mizuno
  • Music by   Toru Fuyuki, ikire
  • Theme song "Off to Phántasien" performed by   Kyoko Koizumi, ikire

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Takumi Saito   as   Himself
  • Rena Nonen   as   Herself
  • So Takei   as   So Okamoto
  • Moeka Hoshi   as   Kasu Moe
  • Shinji Higuchi   as   Himself

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 evolved out of Kaiju Defeat COVID, an online challenge started by Shinji Higuchi.[3] As described by Mark Schilling in The Japan Times, "The idea is to 'catch' an invisible monster (Higuchi thoughtfully demonstrates), 'magically' fuse it with your own monster and send the now strengthened beast hurling toward the camera (but not, Higuchi reminds us, hitting it) to crush the virus."[2]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8/Gallery.

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

  • Japan - July 31, 2020

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Video Maker Blu-ray (2021)

  • Region: A; compatibility with other regions unknown
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Bonus features: Making-of feature (107 minutes), five music videos (18 minutes), trailer and TV spot, one of two possible kaiju masks, theater map, postcard

Videos[edit | edit source]

The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 trailer
The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 TV spot
The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 25-second notice
Livestream on the day of the film's theatrical premiere

Web series[edit | edit source]

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 is the first black and white kaiju film since Gamera in 1965.
  • Saito's capsule kaiju are named after medications under study as COVID-19 treatments: the antiviral medicines Avigan and Remdesivir and the antiparasitic medicine Ivermectin. The concept of capsule kaiju itself comes from the TV series Ultraseven; accordingly, Saito sculpts his creatures into the faces of Miclas, Windom, and Agira.
  • Posters for Submersion of Japan and Nessie are visible in Shinji Higuchi's home, while countless kaiju toys fill his shelves.

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