Dogora (1964)

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby edgaguirus » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:55 pm

You are correct. It's a little too convenient of a death, but it works for the plot.
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Stevo_1985 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:56 pm

Finally got my hands on this one and gave it a watch!

I was a bit disappointed. Dogora itself I thought was pretty cool and Toho did a fine job bringing him to life. I thought the effects were very well done as well.. the bad IMO was the entire gangster side plot that seemed to hardly tie into the film but a completely different film. It was like someone hacked up 2 totally different films from different genres and mashed them together which is ashame as i really like this particular set of actors.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:19 pm

It's alright. The cast is decent, and Wakabayashi steals the show, but there's nothing really done with them. Dogora looks great, and most of the effects are well done. There's some similarities with Shin Godzilla like some of the cinematography and the whole "the industry got together to mass produce the monsters weakness" thing.
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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Tohosaurus » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:52 am

I like how they've taken a conventional idea (alien monster comes to Earth) but somehow made it unique. It's very different from something like The X from Outer Space.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby tngjstn » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:01 pm

Dogora is a strange one for me. It was one of the first non-Godzilla Toho films I saw, and I wasn't really impressed with it. I agree with the consensus that the diamond heist plot outweighs the sci-fi action, and it really shows that Honda was not invested in making this film. However the titular monster's design, as well as the sounds it makes were very otherworldly and imposing.

The human cast is mostly lackluster, with the exception of Robert Dunham as the diamond broker Mark Jackson, and future Bond actress Akiko Wakabayashi, who debuted her long flowing black hair which she was well known for. Despite her paper-thin acting in this film, she made up for it in Three-Headed Monster later that year.

Me personally, the film ranks as one of the lowest points of the classic Showa series, barely passing Raids Again.

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Re: Dogora (1964)

Postby Grievous » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:45 am

Kaiju film Meets Cops & Robbers...

And...I personally don't think it works.

I mean its not horrible or anything...I just don't get it.
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