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 Destroy All Monsters (1968). The suit's final appearance was in Godzilla vs. Hedorah (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 »
In several scenes the strings holding Rodan, Ghidorah and the flying saucers are clearly seen. See more »
You should have left your sister packed in ice.
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This film is close to the last of the quality Godzilla films where a budget is evident, and the future of the series became apparent. This film is a sequel to GHIDDORAH: THE THREE HEADED MONSTER and story elements went into the classic, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. Goji completely went into his Earth defender mode in this story of alien domination against our planet.
This film is a great representation of the series and and Japan's desire and attitude for the times, coupled with our realization that everything is completely impossible. The best way to watch any Godzilla film is to believe that you are watching an alternate universe where all nations are equally powerful and those future dreams of the past did become possible.
For Godzilla fans, there is a lot of love about this film. There are interesting characters and many consider this Nick Adams' best film; which may not be true, but his co-star is BIGGER. For me, it is the images of the two monsters being lifted from the lake and hauled off to Planet X. The battle on the planet is now considered a classic moment too, as Goji does a victory dance(referred to as The Godzilla Shie). Godzilla always seemed to have a personality, but that dance cemented this notion, as he also demonstrates emotions in this story.
The fact that you are reading this review, demonstrates that you may have your own ideas and feelings about this film. This review is for the cinefile who believes in Godzilla and many of the other movies that came from Toho Studios. My recommendation is that you watch DESTROY ALL MONSTERS after this film, and then go play the two Godzilla video games that are now available.
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