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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa complained that he had run out of ideas for further monster movies, and director Jun Fukuda heartily agreed. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka then proposed the idea of introducing a son to Godzilla. See more »

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The holes in the neck of the Godzilla suit are clearly visible in many shots. 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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Some Son for Godzilla.
19 June 2001 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This kaiju movie is associated with a more youthful audience. Like the previous film, this movie was set on an island, where scientists test weather experiments. When one of the experiments goes wrong, it mutates life on the island, including three giant praying mantises. The bugs discover a monster egg and out hatches a slimy, buff, sickly- looking monster that is supposed to be the son of Godzilla. But, this monster is in no way close enough on resembling the Big G. Its eyes are huge, head and face are round and mostly spits radioactive smoke rings. He makes these annoying babyish sounds (wagwagwagwag!) and has behavior problems similar to that of a little kid (isn't he supposed to be a monster?). He should be the son of Barney. If you would like to see a better-looking Son of Godzilla, catch the young Godzilla of the Heisei Series.

But, the good stuff we get to see in this movie is Masaru Sato's likable and comforting music score and Shinichi Sekizawa's adventurous and positive story. The special effects are pretty good, handled by Teisho Arikawa, and good directing by Jun Fukuda. A lot of recognizable Toho actors appear in this film, including Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Akihiko Hirata, Yoshio Tsuchiya and Kenji Sahara. The monster battles are great; I especially like the the mantises and the huge spider sequences - effectively executed. Not much of a plot though, but a nice movie nonetheless with plenty of monster action.

Grade B


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