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Son of Godzilla (1967)
"Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko" (original title)

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Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ...
Dr. Kusumi
Akira Kubo ...
Goro Maki
Bibari Maeda ...
Riko (Saeko) Matsumiya
Akihiko Hirata ...
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Kenji Sahara ...
Ken'ichirô Maruyama ...
Seishirô Kuno ...
Yasuhiko Saijô ...
Susumu Kurobe ...
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Wataru Ômae ...
Radio Operator
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Osman Yusuf ...
Submarine Captain


On a tropical island, scientists are conducting weather experiments and encounter gigantic mantises and a giant spider that are attacking the son of Godzilla, who arrives to defend his offspring. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Japan's Greatest Foe Delivers an Heir! See more »


Family | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG for some sci-fi monster violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 1967 (Japan)  »

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Son of Godzilla  »

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2.35 : 1
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Godzilla's look transformed from a part menacing-like look into a loving father after Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. By this time, it became obvious that Godzilla movies were now being made to suit children. In Godzilla's new look in Son of Godzilla, his eyes were made larger and his snout shorter. The shape of his head resembles that of a human head, probably, to make Godzilla less scary. The tone for Son of Godzilla was a playful and goofy tone, and Godzilla's look contrasted with it beautifully. This suit was later used in Godzilla vs. Gigan in the swimming scenes. See more »


In several scenes the strings used to manipulate the Minya, Kamacuras and Kumonga marionettes as well as Godzilla's tail are clearly visible. See more »


Goro Maki: [Godzilla and Minya are close by] Riko, I think they spotted us.
Riko Matsumiya: No, it appears to be teaching its son.
Goro Maki: Teaching its son?
[Riko nods]
Goro Maki: It's teaching its son all right. And, he's teaching its son just like people teaching its children, just like a papa.
Riko Matsumiya: Well, it is a papa, isn't it?
Goro Maki: Well sure, but I wouldn't want one like that.
Riko Matsumiya: Nor I, everything's relative I guess.
Goro Maki: You're right.
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Followed by Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984) See more »

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That's My Boy or Godzilla Finds A Son
18 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For reasons I'm not figuring out some Japanese scientists working for the United Nations are conducting experiments in climate control and want to make it snow on a tropical island. First you heat the place up intolerably and then if it works it's supposed to snow. When it doesn't work you enlarge some already large insect life and you uncover the egg that hatches the Son Of Godzilla. When those nasty big insects start threatening the newly hatched young Godzilla, papa comes a running.

The only other things I haven't mentioned is a large spider who throws some nasty webs which look like ticker tape that can be melted with heat. Godzilla's breath does the trick or if you can get to your cigarette lighter, that works also. There's also a young woman who is the orphaned daughter of a Japanese anthropologist who came to the island before World War II and her character is seems to be a Japanese version of Rima the Bird Girl from Green Mansions who Audrey Hepburn played in the previous decade.

Unlike most Japanese monster films this one never gets to modern Japan where the monsters just keep tearing up the cities and countryside. This one stays on the island where Papa Godzilla tries to teach the young one how to survive and patiently waits for the kid to learn to use that breath of his. Instead of smoke that melts, the young Godzilla blows smoke rings that sound like monster flatulence.

But it's all pretty funny in its own way.

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