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Friday, October 3, 2014

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

This week's free movie is a classic but rarely seen Japanese kaiju movie. Good stuff right here.

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from the wikipedia gods and our friends over at The Dwrayger Dungeon ...

"The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ Uchū Daikaijū Girara?, Giant Space Monster Guilala) is a 1967 kaiju film released by the Japanese film studio Shochiku, the same studio that also brought us GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER. This film was the first of its kind released by Shochiku, and was one of the many giant monster films made during the late '60s 'monster boom' in Japan. 1967 saw the release of a monster film from each of the big studios.

The film was directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu and starred Eiji Okada and Toshiya Wazaki. It has gone under many alternative titles, including Big Space Monster Guilala. The monster, known as Guilala in Japan, is also called 'Gilala' and 'Girara'. The film was released in the United States in 1968 as The X from Outer Space.

The story starts with a trip to the Moon by a small group of Japanese Astronuts in their famous spaceship, AAB-Gamma. There's fun to be had on the Moon, like, bouncing up and down on the surface in 1/6th gravity. They take off in AAB-Gamma for a space expedition where they encounter a glowing UFO. After the UFO buzzes them, they discover some residue on the exhaust shield and they snags a small glowing nodule and takes it back to the ship.

Back at the Earth lab, they find that the specimen has melted through the metal floor, like in the movie Alien, and, has disappeared. The glowing nodule becomes a giant rubber monster, because Japan, and 'The X' sticks its weird looking head out of a crater and is immediately attacked by tanks and missiles. Then the destruction begins.

Shochiku followed this film up with a follow-up film, entitled The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit (ギララの逆襲/洞爺湖サミット危機一発 Girara no Gyakushū: Tōya-ko Samitto Kiki Ippatsu?). It was released in 2008, and unlike its 1967 predecessor, it is meant as a pure comedy with some political satire. Climaxing with a battle between Guilala and a new monster dubbed 'Demon-Man Take' (Take-Majin), a giant golden statue warrior who is heavily based upon and portrayed by Takeshi Kitano, whoever that is."

Ok. About this version ...

From the poster of the video:

"My own special edit, combining the American International Pictures English dub, with the higher quality original Japanese Soundtrack. I utilized noise reduction and equalized the AIP audio, only using the portions with English dialogue. Short pieces of Japanese dialogue are heard, for some portions that were not included in the AIP release. The AIP version is public domain and commercially unavailable."

Cool. Enjoy ...

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