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Old July 7 2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

Cause there aren't any in live action...

Sure, there are literally HUNDREDS of episodes of ultraman type shows battling alien hordes, animated films, Voltron, etc, but the genre in live action doesn't exist, Pacific Rim is a first. It's it's own genre.

There's a CGI film with robots vs monsters though I forget the name. There's Robot Jox, but no monsters, and it was cheap. Jet Jaguar in Godzilla sort of qualifies, but Godzilla is the star of the movie. Same with Mechagodzilla and Mecha-Kong. Infra-Man is a cyborg.

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Old July 7 2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

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Cause there aren't any in live action...

Sure, there are literally HUNDREDS of episodes of ultraman type shows battling alien hordes, animated films, Voltron, etc, but the genre in live action doesn't exist, Pacific Rim is a first. It's it's own genre.

There's a CGI film with robots vs monsters though I forget the name. There's Robot Jox, but no monsters, and it was cheap. Jet Jaguar in Godzilla sort of qualifies, but Godzilla is the star of the movie. Same with Mechagodzilla and Mecha-Kong. Infra-Man is a cyborg.

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Old July 7 2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

Great, you edited your post so now none of mine made any sense.

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Old July 7 2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

So the question is, are there any live-action kaiju-vs.-mecha motion pictures, other than Pacific Rim, in which the mecha (and their operators) are treated as the "stars" rather than the kaiju?

Well, the two Power Rangers feature films seem the clearest examples. And of course in Japan the Super Sentai franchise, from which PR is adapted, releases movies fairly regularly, usually featuring crossovers between Sentai teams from different TV seasons.
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Old July 7 2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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There probably will be a lot of "Power Ranger" comments directed at Pacific Rim.
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Old July 7 2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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Usually when mecha material is adapted for live action you either end up with toy commercials like the Power Rangers movies or something like G-Saviour, a piece of shit that's so bad the people responsible for it shouldn't even be allowed to work on soap operas or dog food commercials.

The only decent Japanese attempt that comes to mind is an international project to adapt the old Gaiking anime, but that's stuck in development hell:
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Old July 7 2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

Does the Japanese Spider-Man include this?
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Old July 7 2013, 05:34 PM   #8
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^The question is about movies. There was never a feature-length version of Supaidaaman.
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Old July 7 2013, 11:07 PM   #9
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..



Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. TV show, not a film, but close enough.
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Old July 8 2013, 08:18 AM   #10
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I think This proves my point... Not only is there No kaiju-robot movie genre but there are no Western movies and rare series within the genre. Far from being unoriginal, Pacific Rim is a first!
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Old July 8 2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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THE CGI movie I was thinking about was actually a short film called Negadon. It's modern animation with a retro 60s feel.

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Old July 8 2013, 09:35 AM   #12
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Johnny Sokko was awesome.
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Old July 8 2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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Robot Jox
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pacific rim doesn't look so firstly with mecha pilots.
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Old July 8 2013, 02:07 PM   #14
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Re: Show me a kaiju-giant robot film..

^RAMA mentioned Robot Jox in the first post. It's mecha vs. mecha, not mecha vs. kaiju, so it doesn't fit the category under discussion here.

I rewatched Robot Jox just recently. It's an interesting film, with a script by SF great Joe Haldeman (I gather the director dumbed it down a lot from what Haldeman wanted, but there's still some intelligence there).
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Old July 8 2013, 02:52 PM   #15
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^gary graham appears in the weirdest stuff. i like it. not really for the story, but the stop-motion robots are cool. and some of godzillas enemies were giant robot creatures, so its close enough. i reckon G Gundam stole lots from that film.

giant robots fighting giant monsters has been done many times. just because a western film hasn't depicted it before doesn't make it original and mean you get to discount them purely for being japanese.
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