Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Godzilla vs the Sea Monster 1966.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Jun Fukuda[1]
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka[1]
Screenplay by Shinichi Sekizawa[1]
Starring
Music by Masaru Sato[1]
Cinematography Kazuo Yamada[1]
Edited by Ryohei Fujii[1]
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 17 December 1966 (1966-12-17) (Japan)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
Country Japan

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō?) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa and supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya.[1][2] The film stars Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, and Eisei Amamoto.

Plot[edit]

After Yata (Toru Ibuki) is lost at sea, his brother Ryota (Toru Watanabe) steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber, the crew runs afoul of the giant lobster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, known as the Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken Mothra (now a full-grown moth metamorphosed from the larva that appeared in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster) to rescue them.

In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a makeshift lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant crustacean escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by Daikondoro, a giant condor, and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them.

The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self-destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.

Cast[edit]

[1]

Production[edit]

Sadamasa Arikawa (center) gives instructions to Godzilla (Haruo Nakajima), and Ebirah (Hiroshi Sekita) during filming in the Toho water pool.

The film was originally written as a King Kong film, titled Operation Robinson Crusoe, but Rankin/Bass Productions rejected the project, however, Toho proceeded with the project anyway and replaced King Kong with Godzilla (that means fans missed a Kong vs Mothra fight).[3] Despite that Eiji Tsuburaya was given directorial credit for the special effects, Sadamasa Arikawa actually directed the special effects for the film under the supervision of Tsuburaya, who was busy with his own company, Tsuburaya Productions, at the time.[4] Toho had decided to set the film on an island in order to cut back on special effects costs.[5] Arikawa has cited the film as a frustrating experience, stating, "There were major limitations on the budget from the studio. Toho couldn't have made too many demands about the budget if Mr. Tsuburaya had been in charge. The studio knew I was also doing TV work then, so they must have figured I could produce the movie cheaply."[4]

The underwater sequences were filmed on an indoor soundstage where the Godzilla and Ebirah suits were filmed through the glass of a water-filled aquarium, with some scenes of the Godzilla suit shot separately underwater as well.[4] Haruo Nakajima (the suit performer for Godzilla) wore a wet suit under the Godzilla suit for every scene that required him to be in the water, which took a week to complete the water scenes, Nakajima stated, "I worked overtime until about eight o'clock everyday. Even though I wore a wet suit under the costume, I got cold. But I never got sick, because I was so tense during the filming."[4]

Release[edit]

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep was released theatrically in Japan on December 17, 1966 where it was distributed by Toho.[1]

The American version of the film was released directly to television by Continental Distributing in 1968.[1] The title was later changed to Godzilla versus the Sea Monster which is what was on television and video prints as of 2008.[1] The film may have received theatrical distribution in the United States as a Walter Reade, Jr. Presentation, but this has not been confirmed.[1]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD February 8, 2005 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[citation needed] The film was released on Blu-ray on May 6, 2014 by Kraken Releasing.[6]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Galbraith IV 2008, p. 234.
  2. ^ Ragone 2007, p. 145.
  3. ^ Ryfle 1998, p. 135.
  4. ^ a b c d Ryfle 1998, p. 136.
  5. ^ Ryfle 1998, p. 133.
  6. ^ "Ebirah: Horror of the Deep Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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