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Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Gojira no gyakushû (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 21 May 1959 (USA)
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Setsuko Wakayama ...
Hidemi Yamaji - Koehi's Daughter
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Kôji Kobayashi
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Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Masao Shimizu ...
Zoologist Dr. Tadokoro
Seijirô Onda ...
Captain Terasawa of Osaka Defense Corps
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Hokkaido Branch Manager Shingo Shibeki
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Tajima, Member of Osaka Defense Corps
Mayuri Mokushô ...
Radio Operator Yasuko Inouye
Minosuke Yamada ...
Chief of Civil Defense
Yukio Kasama ...
Koehi Yamaji, President of the Fishery
Senkichi Ômura ...
Small Escaped Convict
Ren Yamamoto ...
Commander of Landing Craft
Shin Ôtomo ...
Convict Leader
Shirô Tsuchiya ...
(as Hirotoshi Tsuchiya)
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Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend, Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his so he can be rescued. The two pilots are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization, that a monster closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they ultimately destroy each other? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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THEY'RE BOTH ALIVE! Not one but TWO of the most terrifying creatures ever loosed on man See more »


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21 May 1959 (USA)  »

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Counterattack of the Monsters  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was going to be remade in the US as "The Volcano Monsters". It followed a similar plot line where a Tyrannosaurus and an Ankylosaurus are found battling and are captured then brought to San Francisco where they awake and do battle. Unfortunately the rights could not be obtained and the movie was never made. However, many of the elements from that script written by Ib Melchior would later be used in the film Reptilicus (1961). See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

[last line; Japanese version]
Shoichi Tsukioka: Kobayashi... we beat Godzilla for you.
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Even though it's not to it's original roots, it fits as a sequel.
21 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Even thought it shows Godzilla's new slim look and features fast paced action and sequences, it still kind of passes as a sequel but doesn't live up to what a sequel should live up to since it takes place maybe several months or a year after Godzilla's first attack.

The first Godzilla set fear into the heart of the Japanese people in the year it came out. Godzilla was a symbol of how cruel us men were to create destruction and war along with the creation of the atom bomb, which was used against Japanese, and mutated a lizard like creature into the terrifying Godzilla (Gojira).

Godzilla's Counterattack (or Godzilla Raids Again in the official English title) features not one, but two monsters created by the same origins. A new Godzilla is awaken along with a mutated fictional mutated Ankylosaur who are both brawling it out to destroy one another for whatever reason. The thing that irritates me about this film is that two monsters fighting and destroying a city in the process should be scary but there's no scenes that would frighten anyone. The monster battles are fast paced, a little to fast paced because the camera man put it on fast mode. The camera shots made it obviously look like men in monster suits fighting. The shots in Gojira were incredible as it shot Godzilla below the jaw most of the film and filmed him from a further distance and never an up close shot. Maybe a few close shots but he's usually behind something or something like that bird cage is covering up his face. Anyways, the tone of the film is however suppose to be more lighthearted but still scary even though it's not. Even Godzilla looks ridiculous in this film. They had to tone down the suit yeah but didn't have to make him look like a dog. But hey, it's an entertaining film and the first of the many Godzilla sequels to come. So if you want something dark and gloomy like the first film that has Godzilla, don't go to this one but if you want something with awesome monster action, then hey check it out. It ain't all that bad anyway.


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