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Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) More at IMDbPro »Kaijû daisensô (original title)

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Invasion of Astro-Monster -- Aliens from Planet X turn Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidora loose in Japan, demanding Earth's surrender!  Using mind-control technology, the spacemen are set on world domination.
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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
Someshô 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)

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:94 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Nick Adams is speaking English throughout the Film, despite the fact he seems to be conversing with the other actors, who are clearly speaking Japanese. Adams was simply dubbed over into Japanese for the Japanese release. Conversely, when the film was finally released in the US, Nick Adams voice is the only voice not dubbed over. The Japanese speaking actors are dubbed over into English.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In one of the shots of the tanks firing at Godzilla and Rodan, a "glass" window in the background keeps wobbling as if made of a sheet of thin plastic.See more »
Quotes:
Glenn:Mutual trust is a beautiful thing
Astronaut K. Fuji:That won't buy groceries.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The best of the Showa era sequels, 5 August 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

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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