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10 Films To See Before Pacific Rim
A beginner’s guide to kaiju classics

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10 Films To See Before Pacific Rim | It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955)
It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955)

While Toho was reinventing the monster movie for Japan, Disney had had a monster hit with the hugely ambitious 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), which featured a hugely memorable attack by a giant squid. This rather lower-budgeted effort the following year upscaled a giant octopus so that it posed a threat to entire cities and set it loose. As with Godzilla, it was underwater nuclear testing that dislodged the huge cephalopod from its home and sent it ravening, but with stop-motion effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, the tentacled terror headed for San Francisco (because monsters always do, when visiting the West coast) and takes a punt at the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bridge wins, but only thanks to the combined heroism of a submarine commander and a naturalist.

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1 Robot Jox
Totally agree! Robotjox & Crash & Burn must be huge influences for Del Toro! I'm there is even sequences in the Pacific Rim trailer straight out of RobotJox!! Fist Palm Clench! More

Posted by robmanley78 on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 15:58

2 Not the correct list
Oh, this is not even the correct list of movies to see before Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. This is an entirely another list, more suitable for introduction of movies like Rolland Emmerich's Godzilla. For Pacific Rim, you should do a list of animes like Mazinger Z, Voltus V, God Sigma, Gundam, Patlabor, and especially Neon Genesis Evangelion. You may even add Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Those ARE the correct list of introduction to Pacific Rim. More

Posted by guusebumps on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 15:55

3 Not the correct list
Oh, this is not even the correct list of movies to see before Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. This is an entirely another list, more suitable for introduction of movies like Rolland Emmerich's Godzilla. For Pacific Rim, you should do a list of animes like Mazinger Z, Voltus V, God Sigma, Gundam, Patlabor, and especially Neon Genesis Evangelion. You may even add Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Those ARE the correct list of introduction to Pacific Rim. The one who wrote this article clearly didn't know what he/she was talking about and clearly not an anime mecha vs monster fan. More

Posted by guusebumps on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 15:49

4 Not Entirely Without Merit
Think what you will of the Emmerich re-make, Patrick Tatopoulos' re-design of Gojira is fantastic - and that's Shere Khan's mandible, don't you know. More

Posted by Litshttam on Tuesday September 4, 2012, 18:32

5 Forgot the 80s
I echo DanTDavies (11.05) Robot-Jox was a film I watched when I was a pre-teen, and it was the first film that sprang to mind when I heard the meagre plot details of del Toro's Pacific Rim. I think an Empire article should be forthcoming on this, um, "classic" (it's available on Netflix). More

Posted by antsdavies on Monday September 3, 2012, 11:10

6 And anime?
Del Toro is Mexican. He's just a tad bit older than me. So my educated guess is that he very likely grew up with the likes of Mazinger Z, Kotetsu Jeeg, Gaiking, and other anime mecha series that aired as part of 'El Festival de los Robots' ('Robot Festival') throughout the late 70s and 80s. I think these shows must have been an inspiration for this movie, alongside other anime mentioned here in the comments (such as Evangelion), and--of course--the Gundam franchise. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Saturday September 1, 2012, 00:02

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no mention of Robot Jocks? Classic 80's featuring giant robots punching each other in a cold war stylee? More

Posted by DanTDavies on Friday August 31, 2012, 11:05

8 What about the Anime influence, Empire?
Surely, Pacific Rim also has a flavour of animes such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rah Xephon, Gun Buster and the like? There's a whole genre of robots vs. monsters. Also, Weta did some preliminary artwork for a Neon Genesis film about 5-7 years ago, didn't they? Obviously, GDT's story will be his own (because he's unique and awesome and tekkers) but there have been people that have wanted to do something like this for a while. So glad Guillermo's the one to finally do it! More

Posted by Nicky C on Thursday August 30, 2012, 14:26

9 No Gamera?
Really thought you would mention Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Pure classic More

Posted by Toxin on Thursday August 30, 2012, 13:31

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