Dogora (1964)

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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby edgaguirus » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:37 pm

I enjoy it. It's an interesting film, and the cast does a fine job. This movie has more of a comic touch than other kaiju films of its day, like the shoes under the curtains and the dynamite.
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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby Mini-Godzilla » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:09 am

I enjoyed it quite a bit, although it's not extremely memorable.
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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby DaikaijuSokogeki! » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:53 am

I liked this movie a lot. Its comical nature is a nice change of pace from many of the heavily dramatic kaiju films of that period, and Dogora itself is a pretty inventive kaiju. The crime story is entertaining, and filled with a great cast. Robert Dunham is simply hilarious here, and Akiko Wakabayashi continues to look sensationally sexy. The SPFX look great, especially in the bridge lifting scene. However, the final battle is a smidgen monotonous and I'm not...exactly sure what those things falling from the sky were supposed to be. Dogora pieces or Dogora dung?

There is one moment in this film that had me laughing my head off, though. It's such an unexpected gag that's executed almost perfectly, I don't even want to give it away. You have to see the movie for yourself.

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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby TokyoVigilante » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:31 am

I love Dogora, the kaiju, as I've expressed before. But I really couldn't get into the human core of this story. I'd like to see a remake of this at some point, I think it deserves it.
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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby ZigraDude » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:58 pm

I enjoy the film. I liked the monster Dogora as well as the human cast. There were some neat special effects in this film too. It's worth taking a look at.

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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby Killswitch » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:56 am

I haven't seen this movie in over 25 years. I recall being bored, and wishing that they would of shown a Godzilla movie instead.

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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby Ghost the Bat » Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:44 am

I enjoyed the film, the quirky characters, the car chases, the hotel scene, Dogora's weakness (Which is hilariously awesome) everything rocked. Thanks for posting this Tyler, I forgot I have Dogora on DVD, I haven't seen it in a few years now.

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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby Showa Gyaos » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:21 am

Because of movies like The Mysterians and Atragon, I didn't have high hopes for this film. Bought it, and it is one of my top 50 favorite Toho films. :)
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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby edgaguirus » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:12 pm

Toho has made many movies.

If this film was going to be remade, I'd like to see Dogora go after all forms of carbon- including humans. It adds that danger that was non-existent in the original.
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Re: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Postby Primevalgodzilla V2 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:35 am

50 is a pretty big number, dude.


Toho's like the biggest film company in Japan. With the fact that he, as a G-fan, has a soft spot for G-films, and there being plenty of films by many great filmmakers working for Toho, I don't think that's too bad....
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Dogora (1964)

Postby Kubo » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:01 am

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Killswitch » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:05 am

I haven't seen that movie in 20+ years. It used to bore the crap out of me.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby FlamingZilla23 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:39 am

I never saw the movie but he is a interesting monsters also he has a cool design.
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby VamprisArachne » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:52 am

The movie from what I remember had largely a plot centered on some jewel theives and Dogora showed up occationally to make things difficult for the human character.

But I'd love to see him(it?) in a Godzilla film or game it's an interesting monster that shouldn't have been thrown away like that.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby hammysammy59 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:59 am

Watched the English version last week and despite a neat premise and an AWESOME monster, it really didn't click for me. While I'm sure part of it is because the disc was damaged, forcing me to skip around, I didn't really like the male lead, and even with its interesting twists on the genre, this still felt like a formulaic "monster-on-the-loose" movie. I got a replacement disc the other day, so I'm going to give this one another chance, and see if I like the Japanese version better.
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby The Midnight Man » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:32 am

^ I'm with you. Dogora itself is actually one of my favorite lesser known monsters, mainly due to my affinity for Lovecraftian entities. The scene where it attacks the bridge, coupled with the crazy, beautiful colors is simply fantastic. I just wish it had more to do.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Kubo » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:56 am

What I liked were all the destruction scenes. The Dogora model was executed near perfectly, and it's nature for eating carbon is also unique. I wish it would've proved to have been more of a threat towards humanity(except those poor, poor diamond thieves...but that's because they were stupid), but maybe a future movie will fill that hole. I think the movie could've been handled a lot better, but overall I actually like it a lot.
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Rody » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:15 pm

I really want to see this movie, but I haven't been able to get ahold of the DVD yet.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Kubo » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:05 pm

Check on Amazon. That's where I got mine. As well as Space Amoeba. They also had Atragon, Varan, and maybe Latitude Zero. I'm getting those for Christmas or my birthday! :)
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby The H-Man » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:48 pm

Amazon still carries it at around $15 or so last time I looked. I saw this a few weeks back, and even though it's not my favorite non-Godzilla film, I still enjoyed it. Also interesting that it has most of the vs Mothra/Ghidorah cast as well.


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