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Space Amoeba

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Space Amoeba is the last non-Godzilla film to be directed by Yoshiro Honda and scored by Akira Ifukube. Shot on location in Guam, the film uses many of the actors featured in Destroy All Monsters. Covering a multitude of token roles are Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara, and Yoshio Tsuchiya. Alien space creatures hitch a ride on an unmanned space probe and head for Earth. Crash landing on an inhabited island, the parasitic forms take over and enlarge three local creatures, a squid (Gezora), a crab (Ganimes) and a snapping turtle (Kamoebas, who made a brief appearance in Godzilla": Tokyo SOS). The parasitic chain-reaction has been set in motion...beware.

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Fumio Tanaka (in Japanese with optional English subtitles)
  • "Meet the Marine Animals Behind the Monsters" featurette
  • Special Announcement
  • Original Trailer
  • Optional "Slates" subtitle track to translate Japanese signs and writing

Product Details

  • Actors: Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara, Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • Writers: Ei Ogawa
  • Producers: Fumio Tanaka, Salvatore Billitteri, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AC7P2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space Amoeba" on IMDb

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You may have been originally released as Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû (1970), but you'll always be Yog: Monster from Space (1971) to me...directed by the legendary Ishirô Honda (Godzilla, Rodan! The Flying Monster, The Mysterians), with original music by Akira Ifukube (Godzilla, Rodan! The Flying Monster), the film features a host of familiar faces to those who love on these Japanese Toho monster features including Akira Kubo (Gorath, Matango, Destroy All Monsters), Atsuko Takahashi (Destroy All Monsters), Kenji Sahara (Matango, Atragon, Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster), and Yoshio Tsuchiya (Baran: Monster from the East, Matango, Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero). Also appearing is Noritake Saito (Godzilla vs. Gigan), Chotaro Togin (Destroy All Monsters), Tetsu Nakamura (Mothra), Yukiko Kobayashi (Destroy All Monsters), and Wataru Omae (Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster).

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).
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"Space Amoeba" is one of the more surreal Japanese rubber monster movies featuring four monsters, though only three are made of latex. Filmed in Guam, this was the last non-Godzilla film to be made by the great Ishiro Honda. The DVD is extremely well done, especially considering the lack of extras on most DVDs of this genre. The movie is an excellent transfer and contains a commentary track (!) with Producer Fumio Tanaka, which is almost as entertaining as the film itself. There are also trailers, a documentary on the real animals that inspired the creatures in the film, and 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.
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I - literally, just finished watching an old VHS of Yog. This film was made at the tail end of the golden age of kaiju when budgets were shrinking and gets dissed a lot from the fan boys for being a mismash and a little slower than previous Toho kaiju films of the era. However, this and Latitude Zero are my favorite non-G Toho giant monster flicks.

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.
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