Death Kappa (2010)

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Postby Norman England » Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:40 am

jellydonut25 wrote:
that's a flawed argument though...

just because a movie COSTS more to make doesn't mean it should automatically be better.

Quality is independent of budget as long as the filmmaker knows what he or she is doing and the creators of Death Kappa quite clearly do not.[/quote]

This is a naive statement.

When someone says to you, "I'll give you $20 million to do a kaiju film" or "I'll give you $150,000" you are starting out from a completely different point.

Haraguchi is no dummy, and he clearly "gets" the kaiju genre more than any fanboy here. He made what he made because it was about all he could make. I'm not saying I like the film - I don't - but it was a victim of its limitations.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:01 am

Norman England wrote:This is a naive statement.

When someone says to you, "I'll give you $20 million to do a kaiju film" or "I'll give you $150,000" you are starting out from a completely different point.
Kinda like the difference between $20 million and $200 million?
Because District 9 was made for $20 mil and Green Lantern cost $200 and EVERYTHING about D-9 was better.

Conversely, Death Kappa isn't even worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Final Wars. This is not to insinuate that Final Wars is high art, but more to point out that Death Kappa is so terrible, it would cause Ivan the Terrible to change his name to Ivan the Death Kappa...assuming he'd ever seen it, because it would inspire much more fear in the hearts of his enemies.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:03 am

I don't think any of us care about the effects of the film, so money really isn't the issue. What most of us don't like about it is that it's a comedy that painfully unfunny, and that the film as a whole just doesn't work. I actually like the minatures so everything that the money bought works well I think.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:18 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:I don't think any of us care about the effects of the film, so money really isn't the issue. What most of us don't like about it is that it's a comedy that painfully unfunny, and that the film as a whole just doesn't work. I actually like the minatures so everything that the money bought works well I think.


This.

And when it comes to toku parody, there is good stuff out there... Ultraman Zearth, Gehara, and the two Zebraman films blow this garbage out of the water.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby Jorzilla » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:21 pm

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but this movie is supposed to be Satire, right?
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby klen7 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:58 pm

i doubt it... i just watched it for the first time a week or so ago.. there is some parody and some satire, but it seems more in the vein of Tokyo Shock... like the Gore Police and other ridiculous comedies...
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby ILL GREEN » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:44 am

Yup, its definitely a parody to kaiju films. Its funny actually. The fights are more thought out than most kaiju flicks though, I give it that much.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:24 am

I still haven't seen this. The near-universal loathing for it from the fandom has kept me from blind-buying it. I'd have to check it out for free first.

As far as kaiju satire goes, I love Gehara: The Long-Haired Monster. I wish that could get a stateside DVD release that includes the director's G short (something else I still haven't seen).
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby klen7 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:00 am

ILL GREEN wrote:Yup, its definitely a parody to kaiju films. Its funny actually. The fights are more thought out than most kaiju flicks though, I give it that much.
The giant kaiju fight is great...everything leading up to it is less great and mostly weird. I will say that if they had kept
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the main character dead, and just ended the film with Death Kappa destroying the world
I would have loved the ending sooo much that i would probably be more willing to defend the weirdness leading up to it.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:24 pm

It's supposed to be satire...but it SUCKS.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby Jorzilla » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:21 pm

Watching the trailer to this, and one review, while I can get why people think it sucks: I was reminded of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's lost Giant Monster project. Granted, I haven't seen this film and I'll take people's word for it, I still want to watch it....but not for $15 on Amazon.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby klen7 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:56 pm

^ I was in the same boat. Picked it up used on eBay for $6 shipped.
The trailer is entirely based around a 15 minute segment at the end. Most of the movie is a human sized Kappa dancing to a song about panties by a failed idol, while a bunch of drunk ravers drive around drinking. In hindsight, I'm not sure how it fills out its runtime.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:42 pm

Is the tolerable part of this movie even 15 minutes long? It felt way shorter in comparison to the rest of this crapfest.
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby klen7 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:40 pm

I think its actually felt a little guilty saying 15, because it is actually a bit over 20 minutes looking at where the action starts... but the rest of the movie makes it feel shorter.. so maybe 15 was a good estimate afterall
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby RaymondBurr » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:59 pm

I think people hate this movie more for what it *isn't* than for what it is. It came out during a Kaiju Drought when we were hopeful for anything, and pining for films like the Gamera trilogy and the Millenium films. What we got was a super goofy, staight-to-video quality, production that doesn't take kaiju or sentai genres seriously, and doesn't really take itself seriously either.

Death Kappa is fine for me, right up my alley. Totally one of those "WTF?!" Japanese movie experiences. Throw in that villain from World War II--their equivalent of a crazy Nazi scientist--and a kaiju battle at the end, and I'm sold. All the rest of it is just part of the crazy experience, I mean, it may not work as a kaiju genre satire, but the elements of J-Pop satire are actually pretty funny/disturbing.

As a weird Japanese movie, it works :lol:
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Re: Death Kappa (2010)

Postby EricDent » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:26 am

I bought it on a whim from Right Stuf's yearly holiday sale.
The Blu-Ray/DVD was only $6 so said what the heck.

It was really weird, but also rather funny at the same time.
The effects were kinda goofy (LOL at the visible wires on the planes).
Rather odd lyrics on the song that the kappa liked.
The random narrator that was speaking Japanese when he's clearly American/European (went with the dub).

Overall weird but fun!
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