Gehara the Dark and Long Haired Monster

Gehara the Dark and Long Haired Monster

(Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara)

Canadian Premiere

  • Japan 2009
  • 15 min
  • video
  • Japanese with English subtitles

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Director: Kiyotaka Taguchi
Screenplay: Miurajun
Cast: Ken Osawa, Mina Fujii, Mitsuko Oka, Shiro Sano
Producers: Shinji Higuchi
Distributor: NHK

Part of...

Classic Daikaiju Special   

Classic Daikaiju Special


A delightful parody of the daikaiju (giant monster) genre, GEHARA tells the story of a giant hairy beast—strangely reminiscent of Cousin It from THE ADDAMS FAMILY—and the efforts of the Japan Self-Defense Force to stop it. Although only a part of TV special, GEHARA is extremely funny and well made, drawing inspiration from some of the best Toho classics of the genre: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966), THE MYSTERIANS (1957) and INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER (1965), to name a few. All the clichés are in there but with little twists guaranteed to bring laughter. The music is a selection of delightful rarieties from the repertoire of none other than kaiju-flick maestro Akira Ifukube, who left us in February, 2006. The miniature work and cinematography are top-notch, as one would expect given the supervision of Shinji Higuchi, who gave us the magnificent GAMERA trilogy of the 1990s. In a genre that has been put on hold since GODZILLA FINAL WARS (2004), GEHARA is a welcome new arrival!

—André Dubois

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