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The movie begins with an unmanned rocket blasting off into space, one that's carrying a space probe intended to scope out Jupiter. On it's way to the Jovian gas giant, the probe encounters some sparkly space dust, which gloms on to the craft, takes control, and turns it back towards Earth. During its re-entry, a photographer named Taro Kudo (Kubo), traveling on a plane, witnesses the craft crash into the ocean, but no one believes him. He then gets an offer from a development company to photograph an island where they plan to build a paradise resort, and he agrees only because the island happens to be in the same area he saw the probe crash (great idea there, building a luxury resort on Monster Island). Along for the ride are a really annoying company woman named Ayako (Takahashi), a scientist named Dr. Kyoichi Mida (Tsuchiya), and a mysterious individual named Makoto Obata (Sahara).Read more ›
The plot is essentially this: an unmanned spacecraft is intercepted by a monster, the space amoeba of the title (and apparently known as Yog in the original release), which looks like blue scrubbing bubbles invading a scarcely altered Apollo Command Service Module (CSM). When the spacecraft returns to earth with the Yog-spores it lands near an island which is slated to become a resort destination. The spores act to gigantify creatures that then trample all over the island, though avoiding each other for most of the movie (many villages are destroyed, however). The creatures are Gezora, a cuttlefish-like affair, Ganimes, a crab, and Kamoebas, a snapping turtle. Without question, Gezora is the most ridiculous creature I have ever seen onscreen (unless you count some of the creatures from "Ultraman"); I particularly enjoy watching him walk on his tendrils.
The main human characters are a couple of photographers, one of whom gets possessed by Yog, and the perky female advertising assistant. Ultimately the plot all comes to a head when the creatures converge on an active volcano along with the possessed guy; after all the monsters are immolated in the lava the island is ready for tourism.Read more ›
First off, the score by Ifukube is one of his very best. I can not watch this movie and just listen to the track. It's a little different, and I really like the Gezora (giant cuddlefish) theme. If you like Ifukube, who was a genius imo, the price of the DVD is worth it in and of itself for this seldom heard brilliant score.
The film itself is kinda a sideways sequel to Attack of the Mushroom people. Do note the "reunion" scene from Attack of the Mushroom People (aka Mantango) in the beginning of the film between the actors who played "Roy" and the actor who played the millionaire yacht owner.
Yog's methodical pacing and island location give this film a unique 50's american sci-fi feel to it, but there's ample monster action to keep things from sinking to the unwatchable levels of bordom of most of the US monster flicks from that era. Honda, of course, keeps things moving and interesting. He really was the best director of these films. Yog is a unique entry, and that's what I like about it.
Gezora by the way, is a totally surreal vision. Probably the least "realistic" of Toho's kaiju creations, but somehow haunting - like an abstract painting, as it awkwardly flops in slow motion crushing the village huts. The effects in this film are a little bit better than standard Toho, since things are decidedly less outlandish than most of the G films that preceded it.Read more ›
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It's Kaiju Eiga - guys in rubber monster suits! How could it not be great! Super fun all the way!Published on April 9, 2013 by R. Fletcher
I thoroughly enjoyed reliving a favorite child hood movie and if your a big monster movie lover like myself you will enjoy not only a god movie but a low price from Amazon as well!Published on March 19, 2013 by Lonewolf99
Toho's done it again a fun monster movie with terrific special effects. This is an obscure and underrated flick from Toho studios, everyone knows about the big Green, mutated... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Dan the monster movie fan
This film did have some interesting moments, but overall it is not one that I would recommend even for hard core science fiction fans and those who enjoy the films made by the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Judith Gribble
husband told me about this movie and a few others. so ofcourse i just couldnt help myself. This one is adorable for the fact they did such a wonderful job with the suits! Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Daikaiju_Mothra
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The film you are referring to is, I am fairly sure< "The H-Man". It is about a radioactive blobesque "monster". I saw it in a theatre when I was a kid and frankly it disturbed me far more than "The Blob". I am not sure of its availability though I... Read More
Jan 5, 2007 by Stephen M. Gorin | See all 2 posts
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