Questions tagged [kaiju]

Kaiju (怪獣 kaijū?) is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange beast". However, the word kaiju has been translated and defined in English as "strange beast". Specifically, it is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu entertainment. Kaiju films usually showcase monsters of any form attacking a major Japanese city or engaging another (or multiple) monsters in battle.

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When was the Japanese film Rodan (1956) shown in the USA?

According to Wikipedia, Radon/Rodan was released in 1956 in Japan and 1957 in the USA. The King Brothers Productions 1957 theatrical release of Rodan was quite successful in its first run in the ...
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What are the logistics behind sending Jaegers into battle?

Logistics is an underrated aspect of warfare and many see it as the most important part about going to war. When the Nazis were making their way into the USSR and were forced to fight in the brutal ...
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After a Jaeger goes down and is destroyed by a Kaiju, what happens afterwards? What’s standard protocol for a situation like this?

If a Kaiju were to successfully incapacitate, if not destroy, a Jaeger in a battle and they were both well passed the Miracle Mile, what would standard protocol/SOP be, especially if there are no ...
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Is King Kong radioactivity resistant?

In the new trailer of Godzilla vs Kong movie, it is shown that both Godzilla and Kong are fighting with each other and Godzilla uses its atomic breath on Kong. I want to know that in any previous ...
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How do Kaiju and Lovecraftian stories relate?

We know that the kaiju and Lovecraftian genres are kinda similar regarding the use of gigantic monsters and so, but Lovecraftian stories seem to cover larger spaces (dealing with stellar-sized ...
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If the Kaiju have a hive mind, why did Slattern call for assistance with sound?

The Kaiju were hypothesised to have a hive mind. It was virtually proven when two Kaiju came through the breach to find Newt after he drifted with part of a dead Kaiju's brain. Given that, why, in ...
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Looking for a Japanese English-dubbed boy and giant robot film

This is not Johnny Sokko. This live-action movie (or TV show) was about an hour long, likely produced in the late 80's/early 90's, and VERY low budget. A Japanese boy and his giant multi-colored ...
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Was Otachi the first flying Kaiju?

In Pacific Rim we see Gipsy Danger fighting Otachi, midway through the fight Otachi slams Gipsy to the ground (well, onto a roof) before spreading her wings and flying the pair into the upper ...
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Looking for short story about alien scavengers chasing space whales on earth

I read this short story years ago on the net, and a lot of details have faded from my mind since then. The premise is that there are these gigantic space-borne creatures that eats just about ...
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Name of author who wrote books for pre-teens and teens about "classic" sci-fi and horror movies

I had two books by this author back in the 1980s when I was a teenager. Both books were pretty thin paperbacks (no more than 100 or so pages). One book was about science fiction movies, mostly from ...
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Godzilla eating other monsters?

I was watching one of my favorite Godzilla movies (Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.) and looking at the remains of Kamoebas, a thought occurred. Has there been any instance of a kaiju eating another? ...
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Were the Kaiju metamorphic animals?

While thinking on Pacific Rim, it occurred to me that several factors suggested the Kaiju were actually a creature that goes through metamorphic changes (like how caterpillars become butterflies). ...
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How did the escape pods travel back through The Breach in Pacific Rim?

Spoilerific. Earlier in the film, the scientific team coordinating the Jaeger program identify that the breach is protected by some kind of alien technology. It is said that the breach has a coded ...
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What inspired the Kaiju's design?

In the movie Pacific Rim, a Kaiju's resembles the earth's dinosaurs(except the dinosaurs lay eggs). It also resembles rhinoceros with its hard skin and the Godzilla. Which creature(s) inspired its ...
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Godzilla like creature vs. a giant robot

When I was a child, I watched a movie which was dubbed in my native language. In that movie, a giant creature looking like Godzilla or a dinosaur came from the sea. The creature laid an egg and the ...
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Does "Pacific Rim" have references/influences from kaiju / mecha genre?

Wiki states that: Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful adventure story, with an "incredibly airy and light feel", in contrast to the "super-brooding, super-dark, ...
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Is There a Cultural Significance to Japanese Monster Movies?

After asking a recent story identification question of mine about a film that turned out to be Gamera vs. Gyaos, the answer led me to the term "daikaiju", which, in the Wikipedia, redirected to "kaiju"...
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