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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)

Directed by: Jun Fukuda
Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay by: Shinichi Sekizawa
Starring: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chotaro Togin, Hideo Sunazuka, Toru Watanabe, Toru Ibuki, Akihiko Hirata, Jun Tazaki, Ikio Sawamura, Pair Bambi, Eisei Amamoto
Music by: Masaru Sato
Cinematography: Kazuo Yamada
Edited by: Ryohei Fuji
Release date: December 17, 1966
Running time: 87 minutes
Language: Japanese
Budget: $1,200,000

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  1. Meilag32 says:

    I decided to start making comments on your Godzilla podcasts. I listen to it at work and, while entertaining, your youthfulness (as far the the Big G is concerned) does tend to show on occasion. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. As a lifelong, hardcore G-fan, it’s nice to see the younger generation continue the love for both Japanese cinema and Godzilla. Just gonna comment on some of the notes I made while listening to you latest episode.

    1. You’re pronouncing Ebirah wrong. You guys are over-enunciating the ‘I’. The ‘I’ should be pronounced like it is in the word “Did” Instead, you’re pronouncing it like the actual word “I”.

    2. You guys were a little harsh on Masaro Sato’s music. While it does lack the large, dramatic tones of Ifukube, Sato’s themes did fit in well with the movies to which he was assigned. A lot of people think the bombastic themes of Ifukube wouldn’t fit with the Island films, while Sato’s fits well.

    3. You made a point to mention the miniature work and the special effects. At this point in the series, budgets for films were decreasing across the board, due to falling ticket sales due to rising popularity in television (Ultra Q and Ultraman really hurt the Godzilla series’ sales). This is why they switched to an island theme for the next two Godzilla films following Astro Monster. It required cheaper miniature work (not too many buildings to construct). Though you will still find many fans of the island series (me among them).

    4. Kumi Mizuno wasn’t the only returning actress to the Godzilla series. Yuriko Shimizu played both a photographer and journalist in Mothra Vs. Godzilla and Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster. And Megumi Odaka played the psychic Miki Saegusa in Godzilla vs. Biollante thru Godzilla vs. Destroyah.

    5. You guys mentioned that you weren’t sure of the order of the future G films. After Son of Godzilla comes Destroy All Monsters (the first series finale of the series) followed by All Monsters Attack/Godzilla’s Revenge.

    6. There really isn’t a need to watch both English and Japanese versions from here on out. Starting with Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, U.S. distributors decided not to waste money changing too much of the films and basically stuck to adding a dub track and maybe deleting a few small, minor scenes here or there. So, you can choose whichever one you want (preferably the Japanese audio). The only real exception from here on out is The Return of Godzilla/Godzilla 1985. And since Kraken Publishing released the Japanese and International versions, those are the easiest to get. Only old fans like me have a VHS copy (or two) of 1985, in addition to the Sumogorilla DVD rip.

    7. In addition to the book you guys have, you should consider picking up “Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of the Big G”. It’s an in-depth book that covers the first 22 Godzilla films ( and the GINO atrocity). It’s written by Steve Ryfle, a trusted name among Godzilla fans.

    8. Any chance you guys will do more Toho non-Godzilla films? I’d personally recommend Frankenstein Conquers the World and it’s pseudo-sequel, War of the Gargantuas. The former is most likely only available (at a decent price) on Sumogorilla, while the latter was bundled with the Rodan DVD. The villain monster from Frankenstein actually appears in Destroy All Monsters (albeit briefly). I’d also recommend the Daiei Studios series: Daimajin. It’s about a large stone samurai statue that gets possessed by a vengeful demon. The entire trilogy can be found on Amazon for around 15 dollars.

    Lastly, keep up the good work. Your podcast isn’t the only Godzilla themed one, but it’s one of the few that’s actually entertaining.

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