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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 ...
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Kenji Sahara ...
Ken'ichirô Maruyama ...
Seishirô Kuno ...
Yasuhiko Saijô ...
Susumu Kurobe ...
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Wataru Ômae ...
Radio Operator
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Submarine Captain


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 December 1967 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Son of Godzilla  »

Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Godzilla's appearance drastically changes after he reaches the island because a different monster suit was used for the water scenes. See more »


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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Son of Sleepaway Camp (2012) See more »

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Godzilla on a budget...but still King of giant monster movies!
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This direct to TV, budget conscious, effort still packs in the fun, albeit, of a different nature. No Cities getting stomped, no human death and very little modeling. Drama, suspense, humor, vibrant color, a great cast and monsters, fill the void. It is my least favorite Godzilla costume due to his goofy large eyes and tail that pinched inwards at the base. Minilla's silly looks, actually add to the good comedic acting. The story is neat and puts you into the suspense as a human trying to stay off the menu. The Akira Ifukube-less soundtrack is slightly dated due to its jazzy 60's vibe, but most of it was surprisingly good. After watching a host of other monster flicks of this era, like Yog, Daimajin, and Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, this effort seems to rise to the top.

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