genre of tokusatsu (live-action film) entertainment

Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning "strange creature". In English, it has come to mean "monster" or "giant monster", referring to creatures of a large size seen in movies from Asia. Many kaiju movies are made in Japan. It is a type of tokusatsu entertainment. Kaiju movies usually show a monster attacking a major Japanese city or battling other monsters.

Godzilla is a well-known example of a kaiju.

The most famous kaiju is Godzilla. Other well-known kaiju include Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan.

Terms that are related to kaiju include kaijū eiga, movies with several large monsters or a single monster, kaijin, movies with a human-like monster, and daikaiju, movies with very large monsters.

Kaiju is recognised a lot in the blockbuster film Pacific Rim.

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