King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated.... See full summary »
A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »
Aliens from the mysterious Planet X, which resides on the dark side of of Jupiter, come to Earth asking its people to help them save their world from the dreaded King Ghidrah by letting them "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan. The aliens are actually planning to use the three monsters to take over our planet. Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
The new Godzilla suit designed for this film would "star" in only one more Godzilla film, 1966's Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966). After that, Tsuburaya Productions took the head of the suit and fastened it to the body of the 1964 Godzilla suit for use as the monster Jirass in the TV show Ultraman (1972). After that, Toho reattached the head to the original suit and used it for water scenes in Kaijû sôshingeki (1968). The suit's final appearance was in Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971) in 1971. Again, the suit was used for water scenes and for a brief shot of the smog monster, Hedorah, covering Godzilla in sludge. See more »
When they order the second attack against the Planet X people, the speaker-array on one of the trucks changes position between shots. See more »
[both Glenn and Tetsuo pop up out of the water]
Well, what are we going to do now?
Well, we sure ain't gonna wait for the next ferry. Swim!
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After the somewhat disappointing Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster, things definitely improved for Godzilla, Ghidorah and Rodan in their next rampage. Despite its curiously low IMDb rating and the fact that the big feller isn't at the centre of the plot, Invasion of Astro-Monster aka Kaijû Daisenso/War of the Monsters aka Godzilla Vs. MonsterZero may be the best classic Godzilla follow-up of them all. Unlike many of the films it doesn't limit the monster action to the last two reels, spacing it out more evenly and integrating it more effectively into the human story, while the final orgy of destruction is epic stuff rather than just another battle in an isolated mountain area even if it is bulked out with a bit of stock footage from Rodan and Mothra. It's also surprisingly well-plotted, with sunglass wearing polyester-clad aliens offering a cure for cancer in exchange for the loan of Godzilla and Rodan to rid their barren planet of Ghidorah or so they say. Instead they plan to use all three monsters to turn Earth into a colony planet and its up to astronauts Nick Adams and Akira Takarada and Akira Kubo's impoverished inventor to stop them.
The result may be no 2001, but it is a lot of fun. The film has a fabulous 60s comic book look to it and the special effects are fun: in no way photo-realistic, but undeniably appealing. The Rodan effects are much improved this time round, as is the fight choreography with the comedy largely limited to the fan-enraging sight of Godzilla doing a victory shay dance (best compared to a sailor's hornpipe as performed by British comedians Morecambe and Wise!). Not released in the US until 1970 because of Nick Adams' suicide shortly after finishing the film, the US version included on Classic Media's Region 1 DVD is only very slightly trimmed from the Japanese version, although sadly the DVD does not include the blooper of Godzilla's model foot bouncing away included on the Japanese DVD!
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