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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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The "Monster March" theme song from the Japanese version is composed by Genta Kano, best known for composing the theme song to the Japanese classic, Tokyo Drifter (1966). 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 »


Minya: Godzilla says that I should learn to fight my own battles, y'know.
Ichiro Miki: Against big guys?
Minya: Uh-huh.
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Edited into Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1998) See more »


March of the Monsters
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Think "Casino Royale" meets "Home Alone"
23 March 2001 | by (Frederick, MD) – See all my reviews

"Godzilla's Revenge" is a children's movie, no doubt about that. There's no "revenge" to it. The story revolves around a child in shorts (thankfully not named Kenny) who endures torment and abuse from his schoolmates. Since the idea of going postal hadn't been invented yet, Ichiro spends his afterschool hours dreaming of Monster Island and Godzilla's son Minya. Running on the same track in the direction of this plot are two bank robbers.

Much like "Casino Royale" was James Bond without Sean Connery, "Revenge" is Godzilla, sort of. One might look at it as a satire or spoof. It shows Godzilla; he fights and yells, but he isn't laying waste to anyplace in Japan, and *shudder* he's a dad. This is not the Godzilla I grew to love. That having been said, Godzilla does impart wisdom to his son Minya, and by extension to our movie's child.

The idea of fighting one's own battles is important, as well as having the courage to stand up for yourself and your convictions. The lessons taught by Godzilla (I can't believe I'm writing this) are ones needed by children, regardless of their circumstances. It's done in a way that is subtle and fun, yet effective.

On the adult level, however, I'm afraid that you're simply going to have to turn your brain off for this one. I could've sworn one of the bank robbers was Joe Pesci -- but I could be wrong. They are simply too buffoonish to be believed, but it is necessary to make them this way so that the ending can play out as it does. However, there is enough in them to make them more than two-dimensional (i.e., the one robber's drinking problem). It's "Home Alone" without Macauley Caulkin -- and that's a good thing.

Sterno says show "Godzilla's Revenge" to the children in your life.

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