UP­RIS­ING

Big­ger. Meaner. More mole­like? New Kaiju are com­ing

Empire (Australasia) - - 2018 Preview - IAN FREER

MEET HAKUJA, RAIJIN and Shrikethorn, on the ram­page through 2035 Me­ga­tokyo. Ac­cord­ing to the clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem set up in Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 orig­i­nal, Hakuja (left) and Shrikethorn (right) are Cat­e­gory 4 Kaiju, while, Raijin, the big brute in the mid­dle, is a Cat­e­gory 5 badass.

“Raijin is bi-pedal, more T-rex-like,” ex­plains vis­ual-ef­fects su­per­vi­sor Peter Chi­ang. “He’s al­most got a Venus-fly­trap head that en­ables him to close up in de­fence mode. He has the abil­ity to ab­sorb en­ergy from any at­tack and then use it to power his body to use it as a weapon.” Hakuja, mean­while, is a “pray­ing-man­tis/ mole/al­li­ga­tor-type thing that bur­rows”, and Shrikethorn “has plasma spears he can fire”. To make things worse for hu­man stars John Boyega and Scott East­wood, the Kaiju are also sharper. “They are more con­nected,” says Chi­ang. If this trend con­tin­ues, ex­pect Pa­cific Rim 3 to cen­tre on a Kaiju What­sapp group.

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