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San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen
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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 »
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The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!
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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)
Yûmi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)

Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Tsukamoto
Akihiko Hirata ... Chief Detective Okita
Hisaya Itô ... Malmess, Chief Assassin
Minoru Takada ... Prime Minister
Senshô 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
Kotaro 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
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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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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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Runtime:
92 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:
Continuity: When the assassins' car gets crushed under the rubble, the windows of the car model snap and bend, but remain in one piece. When the camera cuts to the real car with the actors in it, the windows are smashed to pieces.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Monsters Fighting All Over!, 6 May 2014
Author: gavin6942 from United States

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

This film has pretty decent effects, particularly during the "birth" of Ghidorah. It also happens to be pretty much the dividing point between the earlier, more serious films, and the later, more fun (and sometimes campy) versions of the monster that would become an international pop culture icon (if he had not already).

As with other Godzilla releases, the David Kalat commentary is worth the price of the film. Not only is he informed, but he speaks fast, meaning you get about 180 minutes of information packed into 90 minutes of film. He also makes a good case for dubbing, while still expressing the preference for subtitles when critically analyzing a film.

This film has received acclaim among many Godzilla fans and is considered to be one of the best Godzilla films of the Showa era. Reviewing the American version, Leonard Maltin gives the film two and a half stars, calling it "one of the better Toho monster rallies".

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