New Photos Of JAEGERS VS. KAIJU From PACIFIC RIM
Can’t wait to see Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM next month on July 12th? Get ready for giant monsters versus giant robots in a winner-take-all war that joins man and machine against aliens who ascend from the deep.
In one corner are the robots – the Jaegers – going head to head with the monsters – the Kaiju – in these new photos from the sci-fi action adventure.
A Kaiju, code name Leatherback.
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KAIJU (kaijū, Japanese) Giant Beast.
JAEGER (yā’gar, German) Hunter.
The global nature of the war against the Kaiju is reflected in the design, colors and insignia of the Jaegers, all giving nods to their country of origin. The four main Jaegers seen battling in the upcomng film are: Gipsy Danger, from the USA; the Chinese Crimson Typhoon; Russia’s Cherno Alpha; and Striker Eureka, from Australia.
No less attention was paid to the creation of the dreaded Kaiju, which are destruction incarnate. The designers gave the Kaiju different nicknames that were indicative of their most prominent physical attributes, like Knifehead, Axehead, Leatherback, etc. Some are viciously calculated, others are more raw power.
Del Toro assembled some of the top concept artists in the industry to design what he calls “the most terrifying but majestic creatures you could ever imagine,” each with its own distinct silhouette and lethal capabilities.
The Jaegers and the Kaiju were brought to life onscreen by the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), who were collaborating with del Toro for the first time. Together they executed epic battles that unfold on land and sea and in the air.
Del Toro exudes excitement when he says, “I want this film to be an inspirational adventure, like the movies I used to watch as a kid. It is my hope that after you see ‘Pacific Rim,’ you’ll want to be a Jaeger jockey. No matter what age you are, you’ll want to jump on board a Jaeger and head right into a Kaiju brawl.”
The United States’ Gipsy Danger battles a Kaiju, code name Knifehead.
Japan’s Coyote Tango.
Del Toro equates the look of the U.S. of A.’s Gipsy Danger to “a classic gunslinger heading into a fight. A mixture of a deco skyscraper and John Wayne. Gipsy has swagger and is made to resemble a WWII fighter jet in paint job and details.”
China’s Crimson Typhoon.
Russia’s Cherno Alpha is a T-series Jaeger with an oversized nuclear reactor. Its exceptional brawn makes up for its more lumbering gait. It is the oldest, heaviest Jaeger in the surviving fleet.
China’s Crimson Typhoon is a Mark 4, the only Jaeger with three arms, thanks to its three-man pilot team. Its moves are as close as a massive Jaeger can get to martial arts.
(L-r) ROBERT MAILLET as Lt. S. Kaidanovsky and HEATHER DOERKSEN as Lt. A. Kaidanovsky.
China’s Crimson Typhoon faces off against a Kaiju, code name Otachi.
The Resistance has one Mark 5: Australia’s Striker Eureka. Being the latest model, it boasts faster speed and better maneuverability. “But it’s an Aussie brawler, so it has a lot of bravado and a bit of a strut, like a guy who would pick a fight in a bar,” del Toro teases.
A Kaiju, code name Trespasser, attacks the Golden Gate Bridge.
CHARLES, LANCE and MARK LUU as the Wei Tang Triplets
IDRIS ELBA as Stacker Pentecost, MAX MARTINI as Herc Hansen, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR. as Ops Tendo Choi and ROB KAZINSKY as Chuck Hansen.
Early in the Jaeger program, it was discovered that the complexity and sheer size of the robots made it impossible for one person to handle alone. The neural load proved fatal for a single brain. Eventually, they learned that it could only be done with two pilots: one controlling the Jaeger’s right hemisphere; the other, the left. But in order for that to work, they had to be in perfect sync – connected to the robot in body, and to each other in mind.
That mental fusion is known as “The Drift.”
CHARLIE HUNNAM as Raleigh Becket.
RINKO KIKUCHI as Mako Mori.
CHARLIE DAY as Dr. Newton Geiszler.
(L-r) RON PERLMAN as Hannibal Chau and CHARLIE DAY as Dr. Newton Geiszler.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are synched via a neural bridge, called “The Drift.” But as the enemy grows more powerful with each attack, even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.
On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a seemingly obsolete Jaeger.
Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Print out these KAIJU survival guides for quick reference if you should run into the beasties.
Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) directed the film from a script by Travis Beacham and del Toro, story by Beacham. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Mary Parent produced the film, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer and Jillian Zaks co-producing.
PACIFIC RIM stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Oscar® nominee Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films).
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, PACIFIC RIM will be in theaters July 12.
This film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.
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