Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)

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Near the end of WWII, Germans transport the immortal heart of Frankenstein's monster to Japan, where it is seeming lost in the bombing of Hiroshima. Years later a wild boy is found, born from the immortal heart.


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30 March 2008 | ferbs54
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| Several Cuts Above The Usual Kaiju Eiga
Well, he may not exactly conquer the world in this picture, but at least he gets off his usual home turf! In the very imaginative opening of "Frankenstein Conquers the World" (1965), you see, the living heart of the Frankenstein monster is taken from Germany at the end of World War II and transported by submarine to Japan, where it is promptly exposed to A-bomb radiation at Hiroshima and eventually grows, to become a giant, gap-toothed male waif. This lumbering doofus (who ultimately reveals himself to be the nimblest, most energetic Frankenstein ever shown on film) soon has a dukeout royale with Baragon, a sort of giant, spiny-backed, (heat?) ray-spewing, burrowing armadillo dinosaur, with no holds barred and no quarter given. Anyway, this picture strikes me as being several cuts above the usual kaiju eiga. It has been fairly handsomely produced, features very adequate FX (despite the Maltin book's claim to the contrary; well, that bucking horse excepted), and makes excellent use of its CinemaScope frame. Director Ishiro Honda, composer Akira Ifukube and the great actor Takashi Shimura, who all contributed so much to the original "Gojira" film in 1954, here bring their talents together again, with highly entertaining results, and American actor Nick Adams does his best playing Dr. James Bowen, a scientist working at the Hiroshima International Institute of Radiotherapentics (sic). The picture offers several striking visuals, none perhaps as impressive as the awesome spectacle of Franky and Baragon going at it with a flaming forest as a backdrop. The pristine-looking DVD from Media Blasters that I just watched offers both the "international" and the "theatrical" versions of the film, which differ only in the final five minutes. I much prefer the "international," if only because we get to see Franky (ridiculously) battle yet another monster in it. Either version, however, should provide an evening's worth of good mindless fun.

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Trivia

As a huge fan of Frankenstein stories, this is a personal favorite of director Guillermo del Toro. He has also recommended it on Twitter and cited the monster Baragon as one of his all time favorite kaiju.


Quotes

Axis Scientist: Frankenstein's heart.
Mr. Kawai: Frankenstein? It's alive?
Axis Scientist: It is immortal.
Mr. Kawai: Immortal?
Axis Scientist: You never heard what was said of Frankenstein's experiments?
Mr. Kawai: Yes, but I heard he was destroyed.
Axis Scientist: Well, a long time ago, a German scientist sewed together the parts of a man in hopes ...


Goofs

When Frankenstein tries to capture the wild boar, in the last shot of the boar running off, the tracks that the model is running on are visible.


Crazy Credits

In the version being distributed by U.P.A., the opening credits lists producer Tomoyuki Tanaka as "Tomoyuka Tanaka."


Alternate Versions

In the mid 1980s, the distribution of this film was taken over by U.P.A. who transferred the film to tape for television syndication. They reshot the opening credits (on tape), trying to duplicate the look of the original title sequence. Apparently they mistimed the footage causing the sound in the first reel to be at lease a full second out of sync. Also, due to sloppy handing of the changeovers, there is slight footage missing at each changeover point causing the running time to be reduced to 86 minutes. This may be one of the worst video transfers ever. By mid-2003, there has been no sign that any attempt has been made to correct the problems and this print remains in distribution.

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Genres

Horror | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

8 July 1966

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

Filming Locations

Tokyo, Japan

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