Robert Dunham in Dogora

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Robert Dunham in Dogora

Postby Rodanex » Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:52 pm

Did Dunham learn all of his lines in Japanese for this movie, or was he dubbed? I just watched "Dogora" for the first time last night...he looked like he was really speaking Japanese, but I wasn't sure.
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Postby gojira_fan » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:09 pm

Robert Dunham lived in Japan and spoke fluent Japanese.
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Postby ryuuseipro » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:55 pm

gojira_fan wrote:Robert Dunham lived in Japan and spoke fluent Japanese.


He was also the best foreigner Toho has ever employed (besides Nick Adams)!
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Postby kidnicky » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:00 pm

ryuuseipro wrote:
gojira_fan wrote:Robert Dunham lived in Japan and spoke fluent Japanese.


He was also the best foreigner Toho has ever employed (besides Nick Adams)!


I read somewhere that Toho was trying to get Universal to back a Mark Jackson film series,using Dogora as a starting point.
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Postby Rodanex » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:39 pm

I thought Robert Dunham rocked in this movie. I wasn't a real huge fan of the rest of the film, but I enjoyed his performance and his chemistry with the other actors.

Maybe I'm just weird, but I kind of felt that the whole Dogora sub-plot seemed kind of tacked on or something. I think it would have been better if it had just been a crime/espionage movie about diamonds.

Also, I realize that this movie is supposed to be a satire, which is why it's kind of goofy at times. But what exactly is it trying to satirize? Monster movies? Crime/espionage movies? Movies in general?
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:55 pm

Rodanex wrote: But what exactly is it trying to satirize? Monster movies? Crime/espionage movies? Movies in general?


yes, yes and yes
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Postby August » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:22 pm

DOGORA was originally going to be a very serious sci-fi monster movie -- with the all nations teaming up to battle the creatures, which attack major cities across the world. But, Toho wanted a smaller-budgeted picture and produced this version, instead. Because of the popularity of underworld movies and the phenomenal success of the DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE in Japan, the diamond smuggling plot was added to the story.

Robert Dunham, credited as "Dan Yuma," indeed spoke all of his lines in Japanese -- a quick-learner, he excelled at Japanese in language school after the Korean War (he speaks Japanese in several of the films he appeared in, including MOTHRA).
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Postby ryuuseipro » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:38 pm

August wrote:DOGORA was originally going to be a very serious sci-fi monster movie -- with the all nations teaming up to battle the creatures, which attack major cities across the world. But, Toho wanted a smaller-budgeted picture and produced this version, instead. Because of the popularity of underworld movies and the phenomenal success of the DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE in Japan, the diamond smuggling plot was added to the story.

Robert Dunham, credited as "Dan Yuma," indeed spoke all of his lines in Japanese -- a quick-learner, he excelled at Japanese in language school after the Korean War (he speaks Japanese in several of the films he appeared in, including MOTHRA).


Although when he played Emperor Antonio in Godzilla Vs. Megalon, he was dubbed over, aptly, by Gorou Naya (the voice of the evil Leader in the classic Masked Rider shows)!
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Postby MouthForWar » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:46 am

I met the late Robert Dunham in 1999 at the G-Con in New York... he was really drunk, but he was really funny too.
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