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Raiga: God of the Monsters (2009)

Opens on June 13

Director: Shinpei Hayashiya Run Time: 80 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2009

Starring: Hanji Yanagiya, Manami Enosawa, Mao Urata, Miyu Oriyama, Yukijiro Hotaru

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

Presented as part of Mammoth Mondays, a new extension of Cult 101. Courtesy of Sub Rosa Studios and the American Genre Film Archive.

About the film:

Global warming leads to excessive melting of the southern polar ice cap, which disrupts Earth’s ecosystem. The receding ice brings long dormant ancient sea creatures back to life — monsters that set their sights on Japan. Among the kaiju is an enormous sea beast that the locals refer to as the legendary Raiga. The monster attacks the city of Asakusa, bringing death and destruction as he tramples building and lays waste to the military. Can Raiga be stopped, or will all of Japan be destroyed by his fury?

About the filmmaker:

Shinpei Hayashiya is a writer, director, and actor known for kaiju classics like Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (2005), Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea (2009), and God Raiga vs King Ohga (2021).

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