original Thai/Korean title AGOWA GONGPO
also known as CROCODILE! and FEAR OF
THE CROCODILE (Korean Title)
director: Sompote Sands
Poowanai (Oo Min)
Tien (as Tany Tim)
opens with a tremendous hurricane
tearing small Thai villages to pieces. This is - supposedly - nature's
subtle way of saying 'Stop destroying the earth!' The gigantic
waves [reminiscent of a tsunami] also bring an unwelcome visitor with
big teeth and a monstrous appetite [he devours an ox with one gulp in
the first minutes and a monkey moments later]. The crocodile quickly adapts
to the open sea and goes on a relentless killing spree. This is especially
bad for Dr Anthony Akam who is vacationing with his wife and daughter.
When they are attacked and eaten during a day at the beach he quits his
hospital job and dedicates his life to destroying the gigantic creature.
entertaining, wildly gory and some surprising moments of nudity (usually
nonexistent in Thai films), this monster movie is the brainchild of director
Sompote Sands (also the owner of the quirky Chaiyo Production Studio).
It was co-produced with Han Jin Enterprises of Korea. Upon completion,
Universal Studios of America successfully sued - claiming it was too similar
to Jaws - thus keeping it from distribution in the USA. But Sompote
Sands was no stranger to such lawsuits. He ran into similar trouble [from
Japan's Tsuburaya Productions] for unauthorized use of copyrighted
characters for two earlier films HANUMAN
VS 7 ULTRAMEN and HANUMAN
VS KAMEN RIDER.
here is the very rare uncut English language version of this film, running
105 minutes [almost 20 minutes longer than any previously seen print].
Thai/Korean co-production in English language, uncut (105 minutes) widescreen
in DVD format,
encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected Sompote Sands theatrical trailers.
Recommended for Mature Audiences