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Pacific Rim

  • 2013
  • PG-13
  • 131min
  • 71%
  • 6.9 / 10

Monstrous creatures known as the Kaiju have been emerging from a portal beneath the Pacific Ocean. The Jaeger program, a special type of weapon that involves massively complex robots pairing neural-linked pilots, was designed to combat the creatures. Being nearly defenseless and on the verge of defeat, as washed up former pilot and a rookie trainee, are teamed up to inhabit a legendary, albeit obsolete, Jaeger from the past. They might be humanity’s last hope against the onslaught of Kaiju attacks.

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Kaiju is Japanese for “strange beast”. It is a Japanese film genre that include giant monsters attacking big cities, the military, and even other monsters. Their origins can be traced to the ancient Japanese legendary monsters and creatures. Majority of the kaiju appearances can be found in film. However, real-life Japan is also home to kaiju-like creatures. Comparable to Ebirah, Japanese spider crabs have the longest leg-span of any living arthropod, reaching up to 3.8 meters. Like a living Godzilla, giant blue whales have been the inspiration for many bakekujira (monster whale) myths. An enemy of Godzilla, Dai Umi Hebi, finds itself in Japanese islands in the form of the Okinawan Habu – the largest snake species in the country. As opposed to the antagonistic characteristic of most kaiju, Hanejiro from the Ultraman Dyna television show finds its likeness from the Amami rabbit, a living fossil only found on the small islands of Amami Ooshima and Toku-no-Shima.

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Pacific Rim, released on July 12, 2013, is a science fiction monster film by Guillermo Del Toro. The cast include Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. Despite its weak performance in the United States box office, it received praise for its visual effects, action scenes, and nostalgic style, as well as earning a worldwide total of over $411 million. Pacific Rim is considered an homage to the following genres: Kaiju, Mecha, and Anime.