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The kappa, in Japanese folklore, are water goblins that are closely associated with a certain town in the country. Unfortunately, the area is also home to a militant splinter group of researchers dedicated to developing amphibious super soldiers based on the kappa of legends. When their experiments result in murder by some escapees, the appearance of an actual kappa, and the triggering of an atomic bomb, the consequences are of epic proportions.

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  • Actors: Misato Hirata
  • Directors: Tomoo Haraguchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Kappa" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

This could have been a good/funny movie...but it ain't.
Abner Malady
Some moments dont gel together as I may have liked but as the movie goes on and you see some of the effects you begin to feel the aura of the film.
Jennifer Otto
It was all down hill once the turtle like monster started dancing in the back yard with the kids... and it was a short hill to begin with.
B. Armitage

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Internet Vigilante on October 6, 2010
Format: DVD
In the convoluted story for "Death Kappa", a young woman makes a promise to her dying grandmother to look after a kappa, a mischevious Japanese water goblin. Things go badly when the girl and the kappa are kidnapped by insane secret agents and a trio of deadly aquatic mutants. Things become worse still when an atomic bomb is set off and the kappa and a remaining water mutant mutates in the giant monsters Death Kappa and Hangyolas...

I was highly, highly dissapointed by this movie. As one who has watched Godzilla and Gamera films since he was about five, I was a bit amped up for a brand new Japanese kaiju flick coming straight to America so fast, especially since movies like "Deepsea Monster Reigo vs The Battleship Yamamoto" and "Deepsea Monster Reiga" don't seem to be showing up anytime soon; likewise with the Godzilla and Gamera franchises. I just have to ask: Why the childish, self-aware parody atmosphere? This isn't a loving homage as was implied by the director; it's more like if some prick saw two or three Godzilla movies and managed to round up $2 million just to sarcastically poke fun at all things kaiju and sci-fi-related. We have characters mugging at the camera, laughing at the top of their lungs, mutant ninja fishmen, inbreds, jet pilots wearing eyeliner, and characters literally just tossed aside, forgotten. NONE of this ever happened in the classics, so why all this idiodic parody?! Why make fun of something you supposedly admire? What ticked me off the worst were the special FX; wires are clearly (on purpose) holding the monsters' tails and the model jets and the like. This was always proffesionally handeled; rarely would the wires ever be visible!

Having ranted, there were a few minor details about this film I did enjoy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Armitage on December 8, 2010
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The only thing good about this flick is the cover art. It was all down hill once the turtle like monster started dancing in the back yard with the kids... and it was a short hill to begin with.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Posner on January 16, 2012
Format: DVD
I bought this movie in a store. It was advertised as a straight kaiju eiga (monster movie) but it absolutely is not that. Rather, it takes all the qualities of the Godzilla and Gamera movies of the 60s and 70s and either mocks them or subverts them. Plus it adds in a dose of mockery for 50's American monster movies, splashes in some mock John Woo gore, and adds a bunch of cackling villains whom the heroine reacts to by shouting "You're insane" about a hundred times (as if that would help).

The first half of the movie is goofy but not funny. It opens with a bald white guy sitting at a desk labeled, if I remember right, "Dr. Serizawa" (he's the scientist who killed Gojira) lecturing the audience about the penalties of ignoring mythical monsters. We then meet the heroine, a former pop singer returning to her home village because she has realized that she has "absolutely no talent." She is played by Misato Hirata, who, judging from a Google image search, is primarily an underwear model. She is really very cute and plays the role straight. In a scene of mock pathos, her grandmother is killed by a group of youths riding around in a convertible shouting incoherently. About forty minutes in, the heroine is kidnapped and gets into the hands of the wack villains, who range from a bitter parody of the late insane ultranationalist Yukio Mishima to an insane mad scientist's granddaughter who pushes her grandfather's mummy around in a wheelchair in a way that I personally found revolting. The kappa, which earlier was dancing about as badly as a child in a heavy padded suit can dance, arrives and starts with the sumotori and other martial arts. trying to save the day.

Then an atomic bomb goes off with some ludicrous, ludicrous, LUDICROUS special effects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kermit the Frank on April 15, 2012
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Although this has been trounced by fans of the genre, I enjoyed it a lot. It's like an insane episode of Power Rangers: granddaughter of an Imperial Japanese scientist runs a neo-fascist squad of mutant fish soldiers, she is opposed by our heroine, a failed J-Pop singer who returns to her small town and is befriended by Kappa. Kappa is like a friendly goblin who enjoys fresh cucumbers. Needless to say, there is a nuclear explosion resulting in a giant Kappa battling giant Fish Mutant. The monster suits, and the battle itself, are done quite well. Nevertheless, this production is ridiculous! --featuring a J-Pop musical number, old lady murder, and giant cucumber airlifts. Absolutely glorious... and bad. =-)

Fans of serious giant monster movies have the Criterion Collection release of Godzilla, for those who enjoy a can of "Cheez Whiz" with their monsters, Death Kappa delivers.
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By Glen Hubbard on February 20, 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am a huge Kaiju fan. This movie is one of the worst I have seen. It is kind of a cross between the new Japanese "Machine Girl" type horror movie with much less charm (no Machine Girl character), and a classic giant monster film. IT IS NOT A CLASSIC KAIJU FILM! Whatever the film makers’ vision was, they failed to get it across, unless that vision was of a complete an utter unintelligible and unenjoyable mess!

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I got the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo, and in the blu-ray every single wire on every flying object is visible. I do not know if this was intentional. There are tons of digs in here at the Japanese military and Japanese men in general. Fighter pilots wearing eye shadow for no reason, soldiers too afraid to fire their guns... none of it makes sense. It's almost as if the film makers agree with the neo-Nazi villains, and think that Japan has become too soft. I wish they would have let us in on the joke. Continuity is almost non-existent. The giant monsters appear almost magically after an atomic explosion without explanation, just a narrator saying something like "Oops, they shouldn't have done that!" The hero girl (who was at Ground Zero of the atomic blast), shows up at the end to save the day without even so much as a dirty face.
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