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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 ...
Fujisaki
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Furukawa
Kenji Sahara ...
Morio
Ken'ichirô Maruyama ...
Ozawa
Seishirô Kuno ...
Tashiro
Yasuhiko Saijô ...
Suzuki
Susumu Kurobe ...
Navigator
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Pilot
Wataru Ômae ...
Radio Operator
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Surveyor
Osman Yusuf ...
Submarine Captain
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A group of scientists are on tropical Solgel Island in the Pacific to conduct weather control experiments. Just before they begin, they find giant preying mantises measuring 25 feet tall called Kamakaras. They decide to go ahead with the experiments, but a malfunction in one of the devices and as a result a radioactive storm that pushes the temperature up to two hundred degrees. The storm also causes the mantises to grow even bigger to 100 feet tall. The mantises then make their way to a huge mound where they uncover a giant egg which contains a young Godzilla, later named Minilla. Eventually, Godzilla shows up and saves his offspring. The rest of the movie features Godzilla taking care of and teaching his young son the skills that will eventually help him to become the new "King of Monsters" as well as fighting the Kamakaras and a giant spider named Kumoga. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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

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16 December 1967 (Japan)  »

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Japan Import DVD has Super-8mm version (Japanese Audio), as a special feature. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Fujisaki: [referring to Goro's refusal to leave] Do you still insist?
Goro Maki: Yes.
Dr. Kusumi: We don't need any publicity.
Goro Maki: Who said I was doing this for your publicity? I'm working for myself. The smell of a story...
Fujisaki: The smell of a story?
Goro Maki: Yes. The smell of a story attracts me. The readers will decide whether to read it or not. I report what I see.
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neat, neat
20 May 2004 | by (jacksonville, florida) – See all my reviews

Son of Godzilla is one of those weird movies which inspire strange feelings. The story is unique, no Godzilla doing his typical destruction. The story centers on the very human relationship between Godzilla and his son, Minya. This movie really touched me on this level. Some scenes really stick in my mind. The great scene with Godzilla teaching Minya how to shoot radioactive fire comes to mind. There is a real bond that comes out. When Minya is confronted with a monster, i.e. a bully, Godzilla makes Minya fight his own battle but is always there to back up his son.

Godzilla protects Minya and teaches him lessons; and in one of the climactic scenes, the son fights for his father's life; this is poignant. The scene at the end of the film in which father and son embrace to huddle from the cold is touching. If you divorce this from the typical Godzilla movie, what you are left with is a movie about a very close bond between father and son. I think I'm probably the only one who appreciates this movie on this deep a level.

One question: What Hollywood movie has a positive view of a father and son relationship?--- This movie made me very emotional, go figure. In short, if you want to see a typical camp Godzilla, look elsewhere. If you want to see something with emotional content; see this movie

8++++++/10


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