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San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen
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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster -- A prophetess from Venus foretells cataclysmic disasters!  Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan reappear in Japan, while a giant meteor crashes into Earth and the three-headed space dragon, King Ghidorah, emerges!  As the Venusian's prophecies come true, the Earth monsters must decide whether they're willing to settle their differences and join forces against the extraterrestrial enemy!
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster -- 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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Release Date:
13 September 1965 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!
Plot:
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi ... Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina
Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)

Takashi Shimura ... 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
Tôru Ibuki ... Short-Tie Assassin
Kazuo Suzuki ... Showoff Door-Opener Assassin
Haruya Katô ... Journalist
Shin Ôtomo ... Boss of Assassins
Senkichi Ômura ... Would-Be Hat Retriever
Yutaka Nakayama ... Tourist with Lost Hat
Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Astronomer
Yutaka Oka ... Meteorite Scientist
Hideyo Amamoto ... Princess Salno's aide
Yoshio Kosugi ... Chief of Infant Island
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Heedless Ship Captain
Kôji Uno ... Hotel Clerk
Shigeki Ishida ... Guy in Crowd
Toshihiko Furuta ... Villager
Kôtarô Tomita ... Villager
Ichiya Aozora ... Himself - Host of TV Show / Tall Man
Senya Aozora ... Himself - Host of TV Show / Short man
Yuriko Hanabusa ... Shindo's mother
Seiji Ikeda ... General Hyodo
Hideo Shibuya ... Journalist

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
Shôichi Hirose ... Kingugidora
Masaki Shinohara ... Radon
Katsumi Tezuka ... Mothra
Kôji Uruki ... Radon
Kenzô Echigo
Bin Furuya
Yoshio Hattori
Toku Ihara
Kazuo Imai
Daisuke Inoue
Saburô Kadowaki
Keiichirô Katsumoto
Takuzô Kumagai
Jun Kuroki
Oshio Miura
Jun'ichirô Mukai
Haruya Sakamoto
Nakajirô Tomita
Kenji Tsubono
Mitsuo Tsuda
Tamami Urayama

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kita 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Hashimoto .... assistant director
Ken Sano .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Osamu Chiku .... sound mixer
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects editor
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... special effects cameraman
Tadashi Koibe .... special effects assistant production manager
Yukio Manoda .... matte photography
Shigeru Nakamura .... production manager
Teruyoshi Nakano .... chief assistant director of special effects
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects cameraman
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects director
Akira Watanabe .... special effects art director
Taka Yuki .... matte process
 
Visual Effects by
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects opticals
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shoshichi Kojima .... lighting supervisor
 
Music Department
Hiroshi Miyagawa .... composer: song "Call Happiness"
 
Other crew
Joseph Bellucci .... dubbing director
 

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Also Known As:
"San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen" - Japan (original title)
"Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" - USA (dubbed version)
"Monster of Monsters: Ghidorah" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Three Giant Monsters: The Greatest Battle on Earth" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
93 min | Japan:73 min (1971 reissue) | USA:85 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
This was the first movie to feature King Ghidorah, who would later go on to be Toho's main villain monster, fighting both Godzilla and Mothra as well as making appearances on Japanese television.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When King Ghidorah is born, a small segment of the shot is shown twice, making it look like he swing his three heads and two tails around two times in the same manner.See more »
Quotes:
[translated version]
[the twin fairies translate a conversation between Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra]
Shobijin, Shobijin:Oh, Godzilla, what terrible language.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Leapin Lizard...and Moth, and Giant Pterodactyl, 3 August 2001

A giant meteor crashes on the Earth's surface in Japan(where else?). Out from this comes a monster from Mars that destroyed the Martian race and now wants to destroy humankind. The monster is none other than Ghidrah(Ghidorah), perhaps the greatest enemy faced by Godzilla in any of his films. Ghidrah is a neat monster with his three heads and tails. He spews electrical currents from his mouths. Is mankind's existence to be forever extinguished? No. With the help of Mothra's fairies who just happen to be visiting Japan during this "global" crisis, Mothra is sent to Godzilla and Rodan to try and convince them to help the people of the world and fight Ghidrah. The twin fairies, probably fatigued from singing a couple fine songs, translate what the mosters say. Rodan and Godzilla are wary of helping mankind, and would rather beat on each other, making one Japanese spectator remark, "These monsters are as stupid as human beings!" This is a fun film. The monsters look as you would expect. Rodan, for whatever reasons, looks particularly cheesy and fake, but Godzilla is fitted with a neat rubber suit. Yep, miniature towns are destroyed in this one too. The acting all around is very good for a film like this. The story is pretty good too. You cannot go wrong with a giant lizard, a giant reptillian prehistoric bird, and a giant caterpillar duking it out with a three-headed space monster. Throw in two charming, musically-inclined island fairies and an assasination plot of a princess into the mix as well... not to mention the directing skill of Inshiro Honda and the fabulous music of Akira Ifukube and you just cannot miss!

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