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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 13 September 1965 (USA)
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

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Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
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Princess of Sergina
Emi Itô ...
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Dr. Tsukamoto
Akihiko Hirata ...
Chief Detective Okita
Hisaya Itô ...
Malmess, Chief Assassin
Minoru Takada ...
Prime Minister
Someshô Matsumoto ...
Alien Expert
Ikio Sawamura ...
Honest Fisherman
Kôzô Nomura ...
Geologist
Kenji Sahara ...
Editor in Chief Kanamaki
Susumu Kurobe ...
Moustachoied Assassin
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A princess from a small Himalayan country becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian (a Martian in the American version) and escapes a plane just as it explodes. As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet's destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well. Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting each other and to team up to fight the new monster. At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!


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Trivia

Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted Ghidorah to be crimson colored, but the special effects team decided on shining gold instead, because that would have looked more impressive on screen. See more »

Goofs

The Rodan head puppet used for close-ups does not match the full-size Rodan suit's head. The puppet head has bigger eyes, and a smaller beak. See more »

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[translated version]
Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina: Why does no one pay heed to my warning? The entire human race will parish from the Earth. When the monster Ghidrah passes, only flaming ruins are left.
Detective Shindo: Ghidrah?
Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina: Centuries ago, the monster appeared in the skies of Mars. Within a month, the culture of Mars had been wiped out completely. The civilization on my planet had reached a stage of development which you people will not achieve for a long time. Centuries, at least. Today, because of the space monster, it is a dead world....
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One of Toho's best!
1 October 1999 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Wow! Certainly one of the best of the Godzilla series (and my personal favorite). This movie introduces Godzilla's most popular villain, King Ghidorah! With Ghidorah threatening to destroy Earth, it requires the combined strength of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra to stop him. By the way, this is the first movie that Godzilla journeys into as "the good guy." While Godzilla and Rodan weren't too happy to meet each other, it was actually Mothra who urged the two monsters to cooperate to battle Ghidorah and help mankind. And, this movie has a whole lot- towering monsters, a Martian, a princess, detectives, doctors, reporters, and, of course, Mothra's tiny twin fairy priestesses, who once again did their little song and dance and chat in unison. Honda's solid directing, Sekizawa's terrific script, and Ifukube's fantastic music score permeated the movie's success. There may be a lot more "human" scenes than "monster" scenes but since the plot is so solid, it made each human scene interesting and inspiring. Would this actually happen to Mars (Venus in the Japanese version) one day as stated in the movie? Go figure...........

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