Japan Release: 1964
Running Time:
81 minutes


Japanese Title

[Uchu Daikaiju Dogora]

Distributor: Production:


A television satellite is mysteriously destroyed in orbit above Japan. Not long after, a mysterious creature suddenly appears on Earth and interrupts a burglary by the International Diamond Robbery Ring. Their targets, precious diamonds, vanish as a result of the creature. As the gang sets their sight on other targets, this alerts the police. However, humanity is also tracking reports of incidents caused by the space monsters. For example, a coal truck was lifted off the ground by an unknown force and taken into the atmosphere. It's eventually deduced that the space creature is after carbon, targeting sources like the diamonds and coal. Meanwhile, the International Diamond Robbery Ring heightens their efforts after a string of failed attempts, while the giant space monster Dogora appears likely to make a strike over Dokaiwan Bay...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju

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International Title


Initial US Title

Dagora, the Space Monster
US Distributor: AIP (1965) / Time: 79 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Space Monster Dogora
[Literal Translation]

Space Monster Dogora
[Japan English Title]


Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Surface-to-Air Missile Launchers
Surface-to-Air Missile Launchers



Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa, Jojiro Okami
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Yasuyoshi Tajitsu
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
Production Design by Takeo Kita
Assistant Director Ken Sano
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Kommei, Police Inspector Yosuke Natsuki
Masayo Kirino Yoko Fujiyama
Masayo's Brother Hiroshi Koizumi
Mark Jackson Robert Dunham
Hamako, Gangster Akiko Wakabayashi
Munakata, Doctor Nobuo Nakamura
Chief Inspector Jun Tazaki
Iwasa, General Susumu Fujita
Gangster Boss Seizaburo Kawazu
Maki, Safecracker Hideyo Amamoto
Sabu, Short Gangster Haruya Kato
Gangsters Yoshifumi Tajima, Nadao Kirino, Akira Wakamatsu
Nitta, Inspector Hironobu Wakamoto
Military Official Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
Truck Driver Shoichi Hirose
Truck Passenger Ichiro Chiba
Scientists Wataru Omae, Keiko Sawai
Reporter Koji Uno
Police Officer Tadashi Okabe
Floating Civilian Yutaka Nakayama
Escort Yutaka Oka
- Chotaro Togin


Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Dogora Tokyo Shock (2005) Order
Japan Region 2 Space Monster Dogora Toho (2005)

CD Soundtracks

Space Monster Dogora

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on August 9th, 1989 with the registration number of PA0000435879. The movie was submitted under its international title, Dogora, and Romaji title, Uchu-Daikaiju Dogora.
  • The initial concept depicted in storyboards for the movie was more futuristic, similar to Gorath (1962) and Atragon (1963). In these storyboards, a large space station appears similar to Space Station JSS-3 from Battle in Outer Space (1959). This, along with space ships, simply referred to as "rocket planes" in the storyboards, appear in the film and are destroyed by the creatures. In addition, Markalite Cannon-like weapons, called Beta-ray Generators, are what destroy the Dogoras by blasting them into another substance. This is documented in the Space Mons lost project, which became Dogora.
  • During an interview, actor Robert Dunham projects that filming for the movie lasted about six to eight weeks. Mentioned in Japan's Favorite Mon-Star (ISBN: 1550223488).
  • Mentioned during an interview with actor Robert Dunham, Toho was very excited about the Mark Jackson character in the movie. In fact, they envisioned making a series of films featuring the character. They had such faith in the idea that they sent the actor, Robert Dunham, to Hollywood to both negotiate a distribution deal for the movie Dogora and kindle interest in a series on the character. Unfortunately, Dunham accounts how he was given a lowball offer for Dogora while the prospect of more movies on Mark Jackson was dashed when it was noted that he wasn't a name actor and it was hard to gauge his performance with the dubbing. He believes this is why Nick Adams, who was known in the States, was picked for later movies like Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965). Noted in Japan's Favorite Mon-Star (ISBN: 1550223488).

Concept Art


Miles Imhoff Star Rating
January 14, 2006