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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)
"Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  1969 (USA)
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A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Kumi Mizuno ...
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Ichino
Hideo Sunazuka ...
Nita
Tôru Watanabe ...
Ryôta Kane
Tôru Ibuki ...
Yata Kane
Akihiko Hirata ...
Captain Yamoto
Jun Tazaki ...
Red Bamboo Commander
Ikio Sawamura ...
Elderly Slave
Pair Bambi ...
Mothra's Little Beauties
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Red Bamboo Naval Officer
Hisaya Itô ...
Red Bamboo Scientist #1
Tadashi Okabe ...
Red Bamboo Scientist #2
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Escaped Slave
Shôichi Hirose ...
Escaped Slave
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Some teenagers want to obtain a boat to find a brother. When they look around a boat without permission, they find a thief who takes them on his escape. They are caught in a storm and arrive at Letchi Island where natives of Infant Island have been enslaved by the terrorist organisation Red Bamboo. Red Bamboo runs a heavy water factory to process a juice which holds off the monster, Ebirah, which otherwise traps them on the island. The young men meet beautiful but tough Daiyo and wake up Godzilla to put an end to the Red Bamboo. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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This was the first of five films in the series to be directed by Jun Fukuda. See more »

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Before he tears off Ebirah's claws, you can very clearly see the head of the stuntman inside Godzilla's suit through the big holes in the suit's neck. See more »

Quotes

Daiyo: It could be Mothra's asleep at present. Our prayers will reach its source and it will arrive. Yes, I'm sure Mothra is soon going to hear us!
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For the Columbia/Tri-Star U.S. DVD release, which uses the original uncut Japanese version, the English language credits list the noted composer Masaru Sato as "Mararu Sato." See more »

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Samashite Mosura
(Mothra Awake)
Written and Arranged by Masaru Satô
Performed by Pair Bambi
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fluff, with not much monster bite
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was obviously made because Toho wanted to discover new plot elements for their kaiju film formula, which was falling into something of a predictable rut (humans fight humans, humans fight monster, monster fights monster, sayonara). But simply limiting the amount of time the monsters appear on screen offers no improvement.

"Sea Monster" is one of the weaker entries in the original Godzilla series. Much of the film is directed as light comedy, a mild satire on the James Bond films. Actually, the comedy works pretty well; it's never knee-slapping laugh-out-loud, but it finds and sustains a level of humor most viewers should find fairly easy to live with.

The monsters here are almost tossed in for deus-ex-machina plot devices, saving the day at the last moment. To be sure, it's amusing to see Godzilla sit around pondering what to do with the woman he's just saved from bad guys, but there really isn't much for him to do here. He zaps a giant vulture, pulls the claws off a lobster and smashes a nuclear power plant - and that's about it. For a minute towards the end, it almost looks like things will get complicated by a battle between Godzilla and Mothra, but this doesn't really amount to much either.

For Godzilla completists, it's a relatively harmless sub-par entry - it certainly doesn't scrape the same bottoms as "Godzilla's Revenge" or "vs. Megalon". But if you are not yet a Big G. fan, this should not be your introduction to the series.

Entertaining fluff, nothing more.


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