The Whale God (1962) Tokuzô Tanaka

The Whale God (1962)
aka Kujira gami
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Country: Japan | Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 100mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 825x366 - 23.976fps - 1.19gb

A fishing village is terrorized by a giant whale, and the fishermen are determined to kill it. A Japanese variation of the "Moby Dick" story.  

This is a classy production from the early ’60s Daiei Motion Picture Co. and perhaps the first excursion by the company into the realm of giant monsters. Clearly influenced by John Houston’s epic 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, this period production forgoes the rampaging reptilian behemoths so popular in genre cinema around the world at the time. Instead it focuses on that first great sea monster, which man sought to conquer upon setting out across the open sea - the whale.

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1 Response to "The Whale God (1962) Tokuzô Tanaka "

  1. DGM says:

    Thanks for this reup, NLZ.

    Fellow film buffs, this is an early and obscure kaiju film from Daiei. The kaiju is an eighty foot North Pacific right whale (large for the species, which generally grow to be 50-60 feet long, but hardly entering into Godzilla's size-territory). It's worth watching for any killer sea creature or Moby Dick fan, or just to check out the early special effects/tokusatsu effort.

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