The War of the Gargantuas

Movie Information:

  • Release Date: July 31, 1966
  • Production Company: Toho
  • Distribution Company: Toho
  • Original Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Atlernate Titles:
    • Japanese: フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ
    • Hepburn: Furankenshutain no kaiju: Sanda tai Gaira
    • Literal Translation: Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda vs. Gaira
    • U.S. Title: The War of the Gargantuas

Cast

Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Paul Stewart
Kumi Mizuno as Dr. Akemi Togawa
Kenji Sahara as Dr. Yuzo Mamiya
Jun Tazaki as Major General Hashimoto
Nobuo Nakamura as Professor Kida
Hisaya Ito as Police Chief Izumida
Yoshifumi Tajima as Police Officer Hirai
Hiro Kirino as Soldier Kazama
Ren Yamamoto as Sailor Kameda
Kipp Hamilton as Lounge Singer
Tadashi Okabe as Reporter #1
Yoshio Katsube as Reporter #2
Minoru Ito as Reporter #3
Yutaka Oka as Reporter #4
Hideo Shibuya as Reporter #5
Masaki Tachibana as Reporter #6
Yu Sekida as Sanda
Haruo Nakajima as Gaira
Yasuhiro Komiya as Baby Sanda
Henry Okawa as Doctor
Kyoko Mori as Nurse
Ikio Sawamura as Old Fisherman
Shoichi Hirose as Mountain Guide
Toku Ihara as Diver
Yasuhisa Tsutumi as Soldier #1
Mitsuo Tsuda as Soldier #2
Kozo Nomura as Soldier #3
Nadao Kirino as Soldier #4

Crew

Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Kenichiro Tsunoda, Henry G. Saperstein
Director: Ishiro Honda
Special Effects Director: Eiji Tsuburaya
Screenplay: Takeshi Kimura (as Kaoru Mabuchi), Ishiro Honda, Reuben Bercovich (story)
Cinematography: Hajime Koizumi
Music: Akira Ifukube
Editor: Ryohei Fujii
Assistant Director: Koji Kajita
Art Director: Takeo Kita
Lighting: Toshio Takashima
Sound: Sadamasa Nishimoto
Sound Recording: Norio Tone
Production Manager: Shoichi Koga
Assistant SFX Director: Teruyoshi Nakano
SFX Cinematography: Sadamasa Arikiawa, Mototaka Tomioka
SFX Art Director: Yasuyuki Inoue
SFX Lighting: Kuichiro Kishida
SFX Unit Production Manager: Yasuaki Sakamoto
VFX Opticals: Hiroshi Mukoyama
SFX Wire Work: Fumio Nakadai
Still Photographer: Kazukiyo Tanaka
SFX Still Photographer: Wareichi Araki
Monster Design: Toru Narita

Alternate Versions

International

United States

Gallery

The War of the Gargantuas

  • Release Date: Circa 1966

Dub Cast

Linda Masson as Dr. Akemi Togawa
Barry Haigh as Police Chief Izumida
Nick Kendall as Major General Hashimoto
Warren Rooke as Soldier #4

Iterations

  • Theatrical
    • Notes:
      • An English international version was made, and the dubbing was done in Hong Kong.
      • This English version retains the Frankenstein references removed from the U.S. cut; however, it was soon supplanted by the U.S. version.
  • Greek VHS
    • Notes:
      • A cut version of the international dub was released on home video in Greece in the 1980's or 1990's from a Dutch-subtitled print entitled "KATANGO'S WAR", and is extremely rare. The print on this tape is full of splices, contains change-over damage, and is cut by around 15-20 minutes.
  • Janus Films/Criterion
    • Release Date: Circa 2017
    • Notes:
      • The complete dub was released in the U.S. in 2017 through Janus Films/Criterion via STARZ and the now defunct FilmStruck streaming service. This version of the dub differs from the Dutch copy however, with many mixing/sync differences, and at least one instance of missing dialogue from some announcements over the PA during the Haneda Airport attack.