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Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 July 1966 (USA)
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Reuben Bercovitch (story), Takeshi Kimura (screenplay) (as Kaoru Mabuchi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ... Dr. Yuzo Kawaji
Nick Adams ... Dr. James Bowen (as Nikku Adamusu)
Kumi Mizuno ... Dr. Sueko Togami
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Mr. Kawai
Kôji Furuhata Kôji Furuhata ... Frankenstein
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Military Advisor
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Osaka Police Chief
Takashi Shimura ... Axis Scientist
Nobuo Nakamura ... Skeptical Museum Chief
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Soldier
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Submarine Commander
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Overzealous Reporter (as Terunobu Nomura)
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... TV Director
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Man Walking Dog
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Mountain Soldier
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Storyline

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart grows in size, mutates and sprouts appendages, and eventually grows into a complete body and escapes. Later, a feral boy with a certain physical deformity (a large head with a flat top) is captured by scientists who refer to the boy as Frankenstein. The creature grows to the height of 20 feet, escapes again, fights police and army, and is practically indestructible. Later, a reptilian monster goes on a rampage. Eventually the Frankenstein creature and the reptile face off in a terrible battle. Written by QQQ-2

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He rolled the Seven Wonders of the World into one!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein Conquers the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original plot, Frankenstein fought Godzilla. That was scrapped because Toho felt that the proposed fight scenes were too implausible. See more »

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. See more »

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 to bring it back to life. He used an electric shock to bring it to life.
Mr. Kawai: But what can we gain from the research?
Axis Scientist: We might learn how to process or grow any part of the human body.
Mr. Kawai: Please don't joke with me.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the original U.S. version distributed by American International, the noted Japanese actor Tadao Takashima is listed in the onscreen credits as "Takao Takashima." See more »

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. See more »

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Silly but fun.
19 April 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie seems like a silly project on paper but the eventual movie is nevertheless still quite fun to watch.

This movie is a Japanese attempt to blend in the Frankenstein creature with the Japanese monster movie-genre. It's like Frankenstein meets Gojira, only the creature in this movie is named Baragon, who looks like a giant armadillo, or of course better said a guy in a rubber suits that looks like a giant armadillo.

It's all quite silly of course but yet the movie works on a certain level of entertainment. You could basically say that this movie is just as good and fun to watch as basically any other Japanese monster movie from about the same time period.

You could tell that in the first halve of the movie they somewhat tried to remain faithful to the Frankenstein movie. They also tried to give the character a heart and let him struggle with the same emotions and difficulties the character has always struggled with in the Mary Shelley novel and all of the Frankenstein movies and tried to make the movie somewhat intelligent and scientific. It's not like it ever works out well enough or becomes believable but this is mostly because they did not go all the way with it. After all, it seemed more important for them to make a monster movie, so here we have a Frankenstein creature that suddenly starts to grow 4 times his normal size and battles Baragon, a prehistoric creature from the depths of the Earth, who has been awakened by oil drillers.

Therefore the lovers of these Japanese monster movies will be the ones to most likely enjoy this movie. It all builds up to its obvious ending, in which the Frankenstein creature battles the man in the rubber suit. The fight is literally laughable to watch but this is of course also part of the charm of movies such as this one.

It's all pretty silly but it was fun to watch!

6/10

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