Pacific Rim… a ‘daikaiju’ movie

One of the things I love to watch back when I was a kid was ‘daikaiju‘ ( 大怪獣 daikaijū?, giant kaiju or giant monsters ) and ‘kaijin’ ( 怪人?, referring to roughly humanoid monsters ) themed movies or tv shows.  Yes, I was a sucker for shows like Ultraman, Mask Rider Black, Space Sheriff Shaider, Power Rangers, Maskman and a lot more.  I also watched the original Godzilla series produced by the Japanese.  These theme was also prevalent even in animes; Voltes V, Voltron, and Tōshō Daimos to name a few.  It is a shame actually that these type of shows have slowly declined over the years.

I think the last decent movie I watched with this theme was Godzilla (1998 film).  There were a few movies but they did not appeal to me as much as the Godzilla film.   However, this coming 2013, looks like this theme will again be revived and hopefully, it will be great.

Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is actually created as sort of an homage to the old Japanese ‘kaiju’ films.  Here’s the synopsis for the film ( taken from wikipedia site ).


When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

I am excited with this film and I really hope it delivers.  They have a great director and based from the trailer, its movie effects looks amazing.  I guess it all depends now on the script.  Well, in the event that the world does not end next week, here’s one movie I will look forward to next year.

Here is a trailer of the movie ( taken from ENTV’s youtube channel ):

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