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31 (Japanese) Monsters #29: Orga

October 29th, 2010 No comments

After TriStar’s disappointing remake–which “flopped” in that it only made $379 million worldwide–Toho decided it was time to get back on the radioactive lizard and ride. Their response was Godzilla 2000, which has the distinction of being the last of the Big G’s films to receive a wide theatrical release in America.

Tapping into both Millennial fears and the 1996 movie Independence Day, it involves an ancient UFO dredged from the ocean that comes to life and seeks out Godzilla in hopes of harvesting his DNA. Sure, okay.

The result is the mutable monstrosity known as…

Orga!

Monster Island Nickname Seriously…Dude…Get Away From Me
Hails From Outer Space (via an oceanic trench)
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
1
Hobbies Being All Creepy
Quote “Grrr-rooofff!”

It’s one thing to take after Godzilla, another thing entirely to become Godzilla. But that’s exactly what Orga is attempting. In one hella freaky scene, Orga’s mouth distends into an enormous, pink membrane as he tries to swallow his foe.

Ick. Am I right here, folks?

As you may imagine, Godzilla does not take this well, and uses his atomic breath inside Orga’s mouth. There’s no coming back from that.

While no one has ever ‘fessed up, some kaiju fans (including me) have wondered whether Orga’s vague resemblance to the American Godzilla was a deliberate choice on the part of the filmmakers. I mean, here you’ve got this outsider that starts out as a poor imitation of the original and then attempts to supplant him.

Fortunately for all of us, Godzilla ain’t taking that lying down.

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