Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
In the version being distributed by U.P.A., the opening credits lists producer Tomoyuki Tanaka as "Tomoyuka Tanaka."
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.