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Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: DOGORA (1964)

Next up from the big list is Dogora (1964).

My son, James, will tackle it first:
well the movie was...BORING!! You barely see Dogra in movie. The movie was about a huge octopus that eats coal & diamonds, and at the time, police were trying to find a global-diamond thief (i wonder who that was :) ) Oh, also one of the characters is James Bond  
So, i will give it... 1.5 Atomic breaths of awesomeness.
My turn:
With the Toho Triple Threat at work (Honda, Tsubaraya, Ifukube), you know the film is going to look good, sound good and have style.  Dogora does.  Unfortunately, that's about all it has. 
At this time, there was a flurry of gangster movies and spy movies were beginning to take off around the world.  Both genres are on full display.  In fact, I found out that this film was supposed to be a kickoff, of sorts, for a series of movies centered on spy/jewel thief Mark Jackson.  Didn't pan out. 
When it comes to kaiju, the space jellyfish appears a few times in the clouds and it all looks great ... it's just such a small, almost insignificant, part of the film.  Since Dogora craves carbon, a far scarier film could have been made if Dogora went after the carbon-based life on Earth instead of diamonds. 
Dogora ... meh.  2 out of five atomic breath blasts.
Here's the trailer:

Up next, awwww yeah:  Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.

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