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    THE WHALE GOD Limited Edition Blu-ray Now Up For Preorder From SRS Cinema

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release
    Special Thanks to Avery Guerra

    The 1962 Daiei film THE WHALE makes its long-awaited North American premiere on Blu-ray. Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962

    Distributor SRS Cinema has announced the launch of preorders for their limited edition Blu-ray of THE WHALE GOD (鯨神, Kujiragami). Released by Daiei (now Kadokawa) in 1962, the film was directed by Tokuzo Tanaka, stars Kojiro Hongo (Gamera series) and Takeshi Shimura (SEVEN SAMURAI, GODZILLA), with music by Akira Ifukube (GODZILLA, RODAN), and features stunning life-size practical effects. This is the first official North American release for THE WHALE GOD-- thanks to SRS Cinema.

    Note: Fans can be a part of this release - submit a testimonial about what this release means to you, and maybe we will include it in the extras! Email Ron Bonk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the header "The Whale God - Submissions."


    A small Japanese village is obsessed with killing a monstrous whale that has decimated its hunting parties. The town’s wealthiest man offers his land, position, and only daughter to the individual who can kill the demon whale. Shaki, a popular young man whose family has been massacred by the beast, steps forward vowing to slay the whale and avenge his relations, but his efforts are complicated by a brutish stranger to the village also intent on killing the monster and collecting on the promised riches. Based on Koichiro Uno’s award-winning novel published the previous year and scripted by visionary writer-director Kaneto Shindo, this loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick captures the madness and danger of whaling and combines it with period drama and kaiju monster effects.


    This release is on professionally pressed Blu-rays, and is limited to 2000 units. Copies are expected to ship between late November and late December 2023.

    Fans who preorder THE WHALE GOD will get a free mini poster while supplies last.


    Thhis textless pic gives a clear look at the incredible cover artwork by the award winning Bob Eggleton! Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962

    Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    Main Feature Runtime: 100 mins
    Language: Japanese with English subtitles
    Region: A


    -English subtitles
    -MOBY-DICK; OR: THE WHALE in Japan by Henning Strauss
    -WHALES IN JAPANESE FOLKLORE by Eugene Alejandro
    -SRS Trailers
    -Optional limited edition O- Card (Slip)
    -And more

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema and Kadokawa. ©KADOKAWA CORPORATION 1962

    About SRS Cinema LLC

    SRS Cinema LLC is among the leaders in ultra low budget indie film distribution, having evolved to it’s current form from it’s roots as “Salt City Home Video” in 1992. They have handled rights to over 300 movies domestically and worldwide. SRS Cinema now distributes DVD exclusively through MVD, while their Sub Rosa branch handles limited special edition VHS releases.

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