Using his latest investigative software upgrade, Kaiju Search-Robot Avery has ferreted out some new pictures and other trivia related to Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara [Long-haired Giant Monster Gehara] (Japan-2009; short; dir. Kiyotaka Taguchi), including a Brazilian video review “of the recent production of the Japanese channel NHK”.
The short, 15-minute film, which uses traditional daikaiju eiga techniques with comedic intent, was screened on TV in Japan on 25 February. Under the longstanding Japanese tradition of truth in movie titles, it features a large, hairy monster named Gehara.
The above appears to be a sketch for the poster or an early conceptual image, but my ability to translate the Google translation of the Japanese site where it came from is limited. If you want to give it a go, here is where I got it.
Meanwhile, below is a group of shots from the film:
It reflects on the enduring popularity of daikaiju eiga that this film was not only made at all, but was made using traditional techniques, includes at least one traditional kaiju actor in its cast and has been met with desperate enthusiasm among fans. Moreover, Gehara has already received the cute Super-Deformed treatment:
and has appeared as the inevitable toy, which really makes him a legitimate kaiju:
He is available here.
Looks rather more gormlessly cheerful in this form than he does on the poster (see next post), I must say, where the gormlessness veers toward the maniacal!
Below is a Brazilian “video review” of the film. It includes pictures you can see above and in the Backbrain’s previous article on Gehara — and it isn’t in English — but it is interesting to try and guess what’s being said:
A gallery of images is available on the Backbrain here.
- Sources: via Kaiju Search-Robot Avery