Friday, March 6, 2009

The first 15 minutes of NHK's Kaiju spoof "Daikaiju Gehara" pops up online

by Chris MaGee

Late last month we told you about NHK TV's kaiju monster movie spoof "Daikaiju Gehara". Written by author, screenwriter and Japanese pop culture guru Jun Miura and helmed by "The Sinking of Japan" director Shinji Higuchi it introduces us not to some gigantic scaly lizard, but to a gigantic hairy lizard who likes to do all the things that gigantic lizards like to do in Japan, like smash things to bits.

"Daikaiju Gehara" aired on NHK on February 24th, but the first 15 minutes of it, as well as its hilarious 3-minute ending (or is it the ending...?) has popped up online, and let me say that it's pretty funny stuff. It stay pretty faithful to the kaiju formula laid out in Ishiro Honda's iconic 1954 film "Gojira", but this time out the use a huge hair dryer to help take down the monster. Seriously!

Twitch has got links to both of the clips, so make sure to catch them before they get yanked. Also keep an eye out for popular character actor Tomorowo Taguchi (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Shonen Merikensack) as a Shinto priest.

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