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The X from Outer Space (1967)

Uchû daikaijû Girara (original title)
PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1968 (USA)
When a crew of scientists returns from Mars with a sample of the space spores that contaminated their ship, the sample escapes and grows into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast.

Director:

Kazui Nihonmatsu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eiji Okada ... Dr. Kato
Shun'ya Wazaki Shun'ya Wazaki ... Capt. Sano
Itoko Harada Itoko Harada ... Michiko
Peggy Neal Peggy Neal ... Lisa
Franz Gruber Franz Gruber ... Dr. Berman
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... Dr. Stein
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ... Miyamoto
Keisuke Sonoi Keisuke Sonoi ... Dr. Shioda
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Moon station correspondent A
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... FAFC Technical Officer
Toshiyuki Watanabe Toshiyuki Watanabe
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada ... MR.Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan
Toshinari Kazusaki Toshinari Kazusaki ... Capt. Sano
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Storyline

The spaceship AAB-Gamma is dispatched from FAFC headquarters in Japan to make a landing on the planet Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area. As they near the red planet, they encounter a mysterious UFO that coats the ship's hull with unusual spores. Taking one of the specimens back to earth, it soon develops and grows into a giant chicken-lizard-alien monster that tramples Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The X from Outer Space See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peggy Neal may well be the first blonde actress to appear in a Japanese monster film. See more »

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During Guilala's attack at 49:14, as the model tanks begin shooting, the barrel of one of the tanks explodes. See more »

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The "Pushing Tin" of Japanese monster films
12 November 2003 | by saicalumSee all my reviews

Words cannot adequately describe the genius of a film that is certain to be

critically examined by afficionados of the genre for years to come. Look for the inevitable Hollywood remake with Cameron Diaz cast as the female lead.

Spotlight on Guilala (pronounced GOO-LA-LA) and his agonizing struggle to

determine his/her/its own destiny, perceptible through the translucency of the classic "alien monster run amok" thematic device. Groundbreaking special

effects underscore Guilala's haunting portrayal of a space monster who is both hunter and hunted, his fate resting in the hands of one solitary American

heroine who places herself in harm's way for the greater good-the preservation of man-and more importantly-woman-kind. Peggy Neal's performance as Lisa is

astonishing, crystalline in its sensitivity. Her coif remains perfect throughout. Fans of the novel are of course among the film's harshest critics-others applaud director Kazui Nihonmatsu's unique interpretation of the original tome, myself among them. The film is more than a visual feast-it reminds viewers that the key to the centuries-old mysteries of life on Planet Earth may lie somewhere beyond the stars.


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