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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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13 September 1965 (USA) See more »
The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!
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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  (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
Nakajirô Tomita ... 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
Seiji Ikeda ... Man in Crowd
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
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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Additional Details

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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93 min | Japan:73 min (1971 reissue) | USA:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This is the final film to feature the Ito Sisters (aka the Peanuts) as Mothra's twin priestesses.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Rodan flies out of Mt. Aso, you hear Godzilla's roar instead of Rodan's, and also a small clip of the sound King Ghidorah makes. Later, when he confronts Godzilla, he screeches in Godzilla's voice again.See more »
[translated version]
Naoko Shindo:Gimme that key or I'll call the police!
Detective Shindo:Are you stupid? Have you forgotten that I AM the police?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Shinichi Sekizawa's masterpiece, 30 May 2010
Author: ebiros2 from United States

This is the seventh kaijyu (monster) movie written by Toho's screen writer Shinichi Sekizawa, and the first to portray the monsters in a comical light which would become Toho's style for the following 10 years. The story differs somewhat between the Japanese version and the American version. This commentary is about the Japanese version.

Princess Mars Dourina Salno (Eiko Wakabayashi) of Sergina requests Japanese police to give her protection due to political instability of her country. Detective Shindo (Yosuke Natsuki) is assigned by his boss Okita (Akihiko Hirata) to body guard the princess, but the plane carrying the princess explodes on its way to Japan. Shortly afterward a woman proclaiming to be from Venus appears and prophecies that Rodan and Godzilla will appear in Japan. Thinking that his assignment was over before it got started Shindo goes home, reads about mysterious Venusian woman who's attracting media's attention looks exactly like princess Mars. Convinced that the self proclaimed "Venusian" is princess Mars, he launches his own investigation. His sister Naoko who is a reporter is also on the heel of the Venusian woman. In the mean time a mysterious asteroid falls in the Kurobe area of Japan. Assistant professor Murai (Hiroshi Koizumi) is the team leader that's sent to investigate the asteroid witnesses the asteroid turning into a three headed monster. Naoko finally catches up with the Venusian woman and escorts her to a near by hotel. By this time assassins from Sergina is also on her trail suspecting that the Venusian woman is princess Mars. They converge at the hotel and shooting ensues between the assassins and detective Shindo. Assassins flees and detective Shindo, and Naoko escorts the Venusian to Dr. Tsukamoto's (Takashi Shimura) lab to see if her memories can be revived. In the mean time Rodan and Godzilla is sited and they converge near Mt. Fuji and starts a battle. Vanusian woman tells a story that 5000 years ago Venus was attacked by the monster King Gidora and was turned into a waste land, and that Gidora is now on earth. Mothra is called to Japan to ask Godzilla and Rodan to fight against King Gidora, but the two monsters aren't exactly interested in helping mankind.

The plot of this movie is superbly written with each element supporting the entire flow of the story. Many die hard Godzilla fans might not like the campy flavor of this movie, but so many elements crammed into this movie that runs just over 90 minutes has intricacies and originality never seen in previous Japanese monster movies. This movie by far has the most intricate plot of movies written by Shinichi Sekizawa, but is hidden behind the tong in cheek humor that runs throughout the movie.

In the US released DVD, three men accuses the Venusian woman as "kichigai" (crazy). The broadcast code in Japan has tightened up since this movie was made and this word is no longer allowed to be used in a movie, so the Japanese DVD has this word changed to another dialog, but you will hear it as it was in the US release DVD. Princess Mars' full name Mars, Dourina, Salno is a play on the Japanese phrase "Ma, sudori, nasaruno" (Are you just going to pass me by ?) and is intended to be an injoke.

You'll get much more out of this movie if you catch the details of the movie. It was the first time Gidora was seen on screen. Gidora became a staple of subsequent movies guaranteeing a crowd draw for Toho.

Watch this movie to see if you can catch the details.

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