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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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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
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

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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When Godzilla first rises from the ocean, the costume appears to be the complete suit used in the prior film (Godzilla vs Mothra) which features a longer and more reptilian looking head. This does not match the head used for the monster throughout the rest of the film. Toho commonly used older versions of their monster suits when filming scenes that take place in water, in order to avoid wear and tear on the new featured costume.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]
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. Dead and unpopulated.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Godzilla's first time out as a good guy, 5 August 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Grabbing a rare day off from the protracted shoot of Kurosawa's Redbeard, Takashi Shimura returned to the series for the last time, this time as a psychologist, in San Daikaijû: Chikyû Saidai No Kessen/Earth's Greatest Battle aka Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster - or Ghidrah if you watch the US version. Marking Godzilla's first time crossing the line from villain to hero (albeit very reluctantly) which many hardcore fans regard as the beginning of the end for the big feller, while it's certainly enjoyable, like most Toho monster mashes this spends much more time with the humans than it does with the critters. This time the plot revolves around a plot to kill a princess of an obscure kingdom during her visit to Japan which goes awry, as these conspiracies so often do, when she steps out of her plane into a gap between dimensions and emerges as a Venusian prophetess of the end of the world at the claws of Ghidorah, a rather impressive cross between a flying dragon and an economy-price Hydra (half the heads, all the destructive power) with previous for laying wastes to whole worlds.

Godzilla and flying monster Rodan are also back on the rampage, and it's up to the two singing fairy girls from Infant Island and Mothra to persuade them to save the Earth in a dementedly enjoyable monster summit where they translate the surly critters' grievances with the pesky human race that is always picking on them. Unfortunately Rodan is one of the least impressive of Toho's monster roster, and here the model work is particularly bad, turning him into across between The Giant Claw and Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show, while Mothra is still in its larva stage purely because its cheaper to do special effects with a giant slug than a giant flying moth (its twin from Mothra Vs. Godzilla having conveniently died between movies presumably for the same reason). When the monsters do finally slug it out in the last half hour, it's something of a disappointment. The big feller's battle with Rodan consists largely of the prehistoric bird pecking him on the head while he kicks rocks at it, although a sequence where the two throw and head the same rock between each other, Mothra watching like a spectator at Wimbledon, is amusing. Similarly, the final battle with Ghidorah never lives up to its potential, with the beasts considerately having their showdown in the countryside to keep the city stomping to an affordable minimum.

This also ups the comedy: with body language straight out of Oliver Hardy and getting zapped in the butt and the groin, you half expect Godzilla to get a custard pie in the face at times. The special effects are a step down from previous entries, with a lot of unconvincing puppet work, while plot inconsistencies abound - the two singing fairy girls say they don't want to attract attention, yet appear on a Where Are they Now? TV show – but do you really see a Godzilla film for the plot? Unlike previous entries in the series, the US version also included on Classic Media's Region 1 DVD is more a case of trimming and tidying the chronology than a radical overhaul, though it does change the princess from a Venusian to a Martian and adds shots of Rodan to Godzilla's early rampages to make them seem less unmotivated.

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