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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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Family | Sci-Fi

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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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A pool was set up on stage nine during the production (stage nine is one of the largest on Toho's lot in Setagaya). They used the pool, which was about five feet deep, to film the shot of Godzilla rising above the surface of the ocean. Haruo Nakajima (the actor in Godzilla suit) was on a cart on a rail. He held onto the handle of the cart while it was towed by a truck. As the cart moved forward, he slowly rose out of the water. He wore a very tiny air cylinder that contained enough air for about ten minutes. The water that rushed by his face while the cart was being towed made it very difficult for him to prevent the mouthpiece from coming out of his mouth. 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

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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good alternative 60ish monster movie
2 November 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

i don't understand why most shred this movie to pieces: a) it has far better special effects than its ancestors in the 50's b) its plot tries to offer an alternative to 60 minutes of a man in rubber suit smashing pongo or cartonbox minatures...in fact some people criticize both THAT kind of monster movies & THIS kind, where they try to stretch the joke a bit further. We get to see godzilla's son and the plot revolves around a clumsy reporter - the Asian version of charlie sheen- bothering a few scientists on a remote island for a secret weather experiment while looking for a scoop, and buddying a super hot -at the time, 1967 of course- girl left behind by her parents who died on that same island. She's very decent at acting, too...after all we're dealing with a C low budget Japanese movie, not Star Wars XVIII. Then you have lots of monsters, overgrown mantises, a giant spider...reminiscent of classic US movies from the silver era.

Baby godzilla looks like Mickey Rooney but it's nice...i admit i laughed a couple of times. At least i give them credit for going beyond the old clichés. Character development is close to zero but it's about right...monster movies are not plays from Poe or Kafka...


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