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Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko
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16 December 1967 (Japan) See more »
Japan's Greatest Foe Delivers an Heir! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
Seiji Onaka ... Gojira
Yû Sekita ... Gojira
'Little Man' Machan ... Minira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Fernandez ... Goro (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jun Fukuda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 
Kazue Shiba 

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
Sound Department
Toshiya Ban .... sound recordist
Minoru Kaneyama .... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects
Shin Watarai .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... director of special effects
Fumio Nakadai .... special effects marionettes
Teruyoshi Nakano .... special effects assistant
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... art director of special effects
Visual Effects by
Sadao Iizuda .... optical photography
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... optical photographer
Sokei Tomioka .... director of special effects photography
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG for some sci-fi monster violence (re-rating)
USA:84 min | Japan:86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:U | USA:G (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) | West Germany:12

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: Black vertical connection lines are clearly visible on the sky backdrop in every shot during the monster scenes.See more »
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Meet Godzilla, Jr., 4 April 2011
Author: Josh Downham from United States

Despite being enjoyable films, the last two Godzilla installments had not matched the success of Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964) and had fallen below expectations at the box office. In an effort to boost audience attendance, Toho Studios made the decision to soften the king of the monsters and give him a cute baby son. The first Godzilla film to be geared directly towards children, Son of Godzilla (1967) is harmless fun and sweet - the cinematic equivalent of a gum drop. Alas, the film proved to be the most poorly attended Godzilla film yet. Either Toho's kiddie approach had backfired or the film just couldn't compete with the rising popularity of television.

Son of Godzilla (1967) shouldn't be the first Godzilla movie you see, or even the second or third. With the Godzilla suit from Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965) torn and frayed, a new one was constructed. Unfortunately, it is one of the most poorly designed suits in the series - bulky legs, large doll-like eyes, and a toad's head. However, it is arguably better than the one audiences would behold six years later in Godzilla vs. Megalon. If you have small children and want to introduce them to kaiju films, I recommend Son of Godzilla.

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