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Enshohma's going 'Kaiju Krazy', all throughout the month of December!



"Tuko sa Madre Kakaw" is a long lost Pinyo (Philippine / Filipino cinema) science fiction film from 1959. And probably one of a handful of such Pinyo films to feature giant monsters from that period. And as such, these are the only known images available from this currently lost production.

Character actor Vic Diaz plays the role of a mad biologist, who plots to conquer the world and destroy mankind, by formulating a serum (or formula) that can increase the size of animals a hundred times. He tests the serum on a ‘tuko’ or gecko, which turns into a giant menacing reptile (possibly brought to life through a creature suit actor).



"Tuko sa Madre Kakaw" is reported to be based on the novel by Clodualdo del Mundo, and was serialized in the magazine "Hiwaga Komiks". The finished (lost) film also starred Willie Sotelo, Nita Javier, Hector Reyes, Luz Valdez, and Oscar Obligacion, and was directed by Richard Abelardo.



UPDATE: :iconwakkodemonboy: is also going 'Kaiju Krazy' this month, by being possibly the first person in all America, if not all online, to give some of these extreme obscurities some simple, but appealing fan art. Check out his take on Tuko the Giant Gecko:

Tuko Sa Madra Kakaw by WakkoDemonBoy
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:iconjacobspencerkaiju79:
JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Pretty interesting
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
welcome
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh my Word!
Ive watched that film when i was very little. It was one of them after-lunchtime movies that no one ever gets to watch, but only when either you're too young for school or you took a sickie from work.  I thought that movie was very cool. At this point in my life, the only movie monsters ive seen are King Kong (70s), Sinbad Monsters from the trailers,  a giant crab from God knows what movie, and this Giant Gecko. (and have never known Godzilla yet)


thanks for showing this. brings back some great memories.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As an amateur historian of giant monsters, to actually know someone who's seen this film, and a known acquaintance from DeviantART, is an awesome coincidence!

I have to ask you; was the Tuko / Gecko done as a man-in-a-suit effect?

And was Tuko / Gecko the only giant monster n the film? Or did the mad scientist create others, from what you remember?

Other than that, I'm glad it jogged positive memories for you. And the fact that it aired on television, suggests that the film will resurface in the future. And isn't totally lost from history.
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
i am still in awe that you posted it.

As far as i rememeber, i think i was 4 years old that time, it felt like it there was a man in a suit and some puppetry involved. it was convincing enough.

I think the Tuko was the only monster there. I remember the mad scientist played by a popular actor. he was quite scary.

I'd love to see this movie again.
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Major thanks for the information, Elden! I'd love just to see this film period!

Based on your reply, and through the images posted above, confirms that 'Tuko the Giant Gecko' is a man-in-suit creation. And the stand-alone 'mon-star' of "Tuko sa Madre Kakaw".

I'm going to acknowledged you in a forthcoming article at my blog. Will you be cool with that?
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ill try and look it up next time i visit Manila. id love to see that film again as a now confessed monster movie lover.

As far as i remember it was a man in a suit creation. although i was only 4 at that time, i can tell it wasnt stop-motion.

Im totally cool with that Raf!
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