Kaiju Heroes: A 'Pacific Rim' Speed Round
By DAVID WEINER
July 10, 2013
First off, does everyone know what a Kaiju is? The Japanese word for "giant beast," Kaijus are what the stars of Pacific Rim do battle with while piloting giant robots in Guillermo del Toro's new summer popcorn spectacular. But do Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi actually know of any Kaijus other than the ones in their movie? Does Hunnam even fully understand what a Kaiju is?
From Godzilla and Mothra to some strange, left-of-center Kaijus in between, the stars of Pacific Rim and director del Toro reveal their favorites in ETonline's newest Speed Round.
In Pacific Rim, a dimensional rift from beneath the sea unleashes a torrent of alien monsters, known as Kaiju, intent on wreaking a path of destruction on Earth. With the creatures impervious to conventional weapons, the only way to defeat them are with Jaegers – giant mechanical robots piloted by two people whose minds have merged with the machine and each other. But with the Jaeger program scheduled to be shut down and a greater number of monsters moving in for the attack, can a failed pilot (Hunnam) and an untested candidate (Kikuchi) save the human race?