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Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
"Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki" (original title)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  8 December 1971 (USA)
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A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomonori Yazaki ...
Ichirô Miki
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Shinpei Inami
Sachio Sakai ...
Bank Robber Senbayashi
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Bank Robber Okuda
Kenji Sahara ...
Kenkichi 'Tack' Miki (Ichiro's Father)
Machiko Naka ...
Ichirô no okâsan
Shigeki Ishida ...
The Landlord
Midori Uchiyama ...
Minira (voice)
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Assistant Detective
Yutaka Sada ...
Train engineer
Yutaka Nakayama ...
Guy Painting Billboard
Ikio Sawamura ...
'Little Man' Machan ...


Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang. Written by Brian Washington <>

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This was deliberately set out be a Godzilla film aimed at small children for release during the Christmas season. Among the more unusual aspects of the film was the casting of Hideyo Amamoto as a toy designer and friend to the little boy. Amamoto was normally cast in other films as the slimiest of criminals, gangsters and henchmen. See more »


When the monster Gabara is flung into the air and flips over, the effect was done by rotating the entire camera, thus the clouds and the background are spinning together with him. See more »


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Certainly not classic Godzilla,but a good little kid's film
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Godzilla's Revenge is often regarded as one of the worst Godzilla films,and it's reputation was not helped by coming after the terrifically entertaining Destroy All Monsters. The film was obviously made on a tiny budget,with the majority of the monster stuff footage from Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster,Son Of Godzilla and even King Kong Escapes! However,look closer and the film is actually quite interesting,especially if you remember it was aimed at very young children.

Having all of the monster footage exist in the mind of a small boy almost justifies the stock footage in a way,as if he was remembering previous stuff he'd seen. The 'real'footage takes place in a much more realistic environment than usual,and addresses concerns that might mean a lot to young children-parents spending not enough time with them,loneliness,bullying,etc. Of course things like the son of Godzilla shrinking down to human size and talking irritate some older Godzilla fans,and none of the 'new'monster footage is particularly good,but some films one just has to judge by thinking of the target audience,and as a kid's film it's really quite good,perhaps a perfect film for parents to introduce Godzilla to their children!

People who claim Godzilla movies are all the same should see this and maybe the surreal Godzilla Vs Hedorah,both are very unusual and original variations on the kaiju formula.

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