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Invasion of Astro-Monster -- Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

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Release Date:
29 July 1970 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Nick Adams ... Astronaut Glenn Amer
Akira Takarada ... Astronaut K. Fuji
Jun Tazaki ... Dr. Sakurai
Akira Kubo ... Tetsuo Teri
Kumi Mizuno ... Miss Namikawa
Keiko Sawai ... Haruno Fuji
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Controller of Planet X
Takamaru Sasaki ... Chairman of Earth Committee
Gen Shimizu ... Minister of Defense
Kenzô Tabu ... Commander from Planet X
Yoshifumi Tajima ... General
Nadao Kirino ... Military Aide
Kôji Uno ... Namikawa's Associate
Tôru Ibuki ... Xian
Kazuo Suzuki ... Xian
Fuyuki Murakami ... Councilman
Noriko Sengoku ... Female Delegate
Senshô Matsumoto ... Buddhist Priest
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Councilman
Toki Shiozawa ... Tetsuo's Mother
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Official
Rinsaku Ogata ... Scientist
Masaaki Tachibana ... Scientist
Yutaka Oka ... Reporter
Saburô Iketani ... News Reader
Yoshizo Tatake ... Xian
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Xian
Hideki Furukawa ... Xian
Ryôji Shimizu ... Xian
Minoru Itô ... Xian
Takuzô Kumagai ... Xian
Tadashi Okabe ... Reporter

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
Masaki Shinohara ... Radon
Shôichi Hirose ... Kingugidora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marvin Miller ... Fuji (voice: English version)
Gorô Naya ... Councilman (voice)
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda  (as Inoshirô Honda)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 

Produced by
Reuben Bercovitch .... executive producer
Henry G. Saperstein .... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Hashimoto .... assistant director
Kôji Kajita .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wataru Konuma .... sound recordist
Sadamasa Nishimoto .... sound effects
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Tadashi Koike .... special effects production manager
Fumio Nakadai .... special effects wire work
Teruyoshi Nakano .... chief assistant director of special effects
Masao Suzuki .... special effects production manager
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects director
Akira Watanabe .... special effects art director
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... special effects cameraman
Sadao Iizuda .... special effects opticals
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... special effects cameraman
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects opticals
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects cameraman
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... special effects stunt choreography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shoshichi Kojima .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Richard Krown .... post-production (US version only)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaijû daisensô" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" - USA (imdb display title)
"Monster Zero" - USA
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Runtime:
Germany:81 min | Japan:74 min (re-issue) | USA:93 min | Japan:96 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The effect of the water seemingly exploding when the flying saucers emerge from the lake was achieved by filling a thermos full of carbon dioxide and exploding it underwater.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In several scenes the strings holding Rodan, Ghidorah and the flying saucers are clearly seen.See more »
Quotes:
Controller of Planet X:[about the victory over King Ghidorah, while Godzilla is outside dancing] A happy moment.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in So war das S.O.36 (1985)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not enough monster footage,but still a good Godzilla film, 11 March 2004
Author: DrLenera from UK

Monster Zero,to give this film it's most common name,is another quality Godzilla film coming on the heels of the classic Godzilla Vs Mothra and Ghidorah the 3 Headed Monster. The film is a slight notch down from those two,but still a hugely entertaining movie-inventive,exciting and quite spectacular considering it's comparatively low budget.

The film combines the monster battle plots of the previous films with an alien invasion story a la Battle In Outer Space. The idea of aliens controlling monsters to attack Earth would later be done to death in later series entries. The plot here is quite clever and interesting,although the film is a little slow and only really gets going in the final third,which has one of the best destruction scenes of the series {although spot the tiny bit of footage from the films Rodan and Mothra}. Not enough of the monsters is seen in this film,and the two battles are too brief,despite the priceless sight of Godzilla's victory shuffle.

Nevertheless,there is much to enjoy,including Nick Adam's VERY enthusiastic performance and some of his silly but cool dialogue,some very impressive special effects and visuals {one day people will stop saying the effects in these films are poor},and a rather daring alien/human romance that even includes sex, {although you'll have to listen for the reference}. The US version only had minor cuts and music cue alterations,nothing to ruin the film.

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