Cast & Crew
A Japanese spaceship on its way to Saturn is diverted in order to investigate the mysterious appearance of a meteor-like body hurtling toward Earth. The crew of the ship discover that the red-hot body which they call Gorath is much larger than Earth and has 6,000 times the gravitational pull. Their ship cannot escape the strong pull of Gorath, but before it crashes it transmits enough information back to scientists in Tokyo for them to conclude that a collision between Gorath and Earth is imminent. The nations of the world cooperate to construct a rocket base in Antarctica with the hope that Earth's orbit will be altered when the rockets are detonated. A preliminary test causes an earthquake, but the damage is quickly repaired. Another launching melts the polar cap and unleashes a gigantic monster, but it is finally destroyed. On the actual launch day, Gorath appears in the skies, the moon is thrown out of orbit causing enormous tidal waves, and panic spreads over the globe. The launching is successful, however, and the collision is avoided.
Originally, the film wasn't going to include the giant walrus, Magma. However, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka insisted that the monster be put into the film so Ishiro Honda added the sequence, albeit reluctantly.
Released in Japan in 1962 as Yosei Gorath or Yosei Gorasu; running time: 89 min.