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Son of Godzilla (1967)

Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko (original title)
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
Beverly Maeda ...
Riko (Saeko) Matsumiya (as Bibari Maeda)
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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$900,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Daisenso-Goji" Godzilla suit (first used in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)) is used in this movie as a stunt/water suit. It first appears when we first see Godzilla at sea in the film's pre-credits prologue, and again when Godzilla rises out of the water responding to the newborn Minilla's cries. See more »

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When Riko throws the fruit into Minilla's mouth, the fruit is obviously transparent hand-drawn animation. 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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Followed by Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) See more »

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Not Nearly As Bad as Everyone Says
18 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the G-films, this one is maligned way too heavily. I just recently bought the DVD, thankfully re-mastered and in Japanese and subtitled. Before anything else, Teisho Arikawa, because the detail and movements of the marionettes was astonishing. Kamamcuras was awesome, and Kumonga was even better. The monster angle of the story was very well handled and given plenty of character. The jungle sets, basically every miniature on Sogellel island, looked really good for the time, matching up to Tsuburaya's work. So was the cinematography in my opinion. The battles are also pretty entertaining in this film.

The reason why so many dismiss this film is obviously Minilla, who truth be told is alright in this movie. However it's pretty safe to say he could've looked more like Godzilla instead of a scaly Pillsbury Doughboy. This Gojira suit, Musuko Goji, is probably my least favorite, but it is still better off than the horrendous suit used in certain scenes of "Godzilla vs. The Sea monster". Still, the face, which was made to more resemble Minilla, is repugnant from certain angles, but it gets the job done. The many scenes of Gojira and Minilla bonding aren't for many, but kids will love it and it's not unbearable.

The score is by Masuro Sato, and is decent but can get pretty campy. but unlike in the last film, our director Jun Fukuda seems to know this and mostly relies on silence instead of the score, so in the end it works. And the story actually makes the monsters and human characters interact quite often. The massive insect antagonists come off as very threatening.

And not to mention we have a good cast here, with the stand out performance to me being Yoshio Tsuchiya as Furukawa. All the same, Akihiko Hirata was great, as well as Kenji Sahara and Akira Kubo. Bibari Maeda was okay as Saeko, but hot at the very least. And the icing on the cake was a very touching climax, so despite it silliness and cute moments, I rather like this one.


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