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

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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 ...
Detective
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Assistant Detective
Yutaka Sada ...
Train engineer
Yutaka Nakayama ...
Guy Painting Billboard
Ikio Sawamura ...
Bartender
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'Little Man' Machan ...
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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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This was the final appearance of the Gorosaurus. Manda, Kamakiras, Kumonga and Minya would not be seen again until Godzilla: Final Wars. See more »

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Minya: How do you like that, weirdo!
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Kaiju Machi
Performed by Tomonori Yazaki
(Japanese Version Only)
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Godzilla's Revenge review
5 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Godzilla's Revenge - also going by the title of All Monsters Attack - it just sounds so cool, doesn't it? Godzilla has always been a symbol of pure mass destruction, and combined with a myriad of other monsters, it's always expected that Godzilla will clash with bigger and badder enemies and lay waste to entire cities in their wake.

What I didn't realize about Godzilla's Revenge, however, is that all monsters attack only in the mind of a little kid. And it's all confined to an imaginary island of monsters, where Godzilla hangs out with his son and teaches him to fight. Meanwhile, in the real world, this kid with the big imagination gets into trouble with some bad guys, and gives them the run-around. That's all there is to this movie. It is not an epic kaiju clash: it's a kid's movie. Godzilla and his kin have been reduced to a pile of radioactive cheese; it may work fine and dandy for a young audience, especially when compared to the Gamera films of the 70s, but for adults it's just lame.

The story's pretty much outlined above. There is a neat interplay going on between reality and fantasy, as the kid learns to outwit his captors in the same way Minilla learns to spit radiation in the fantasy scenes. Aside from that, however, the plot is very thin and fluffy, with a cast of annoying characters. Useless pratfalls and an excess of camp hampers the presentation overall.

This film has some fine and dandy photography and editing, although some of it is pieced together from stock footage and scenes from previous Godzilla movies. Acting from the kids tends to be pretty nerve-wracking, but the few adult actors don't fare any better. Really, the guys in the rubber suits provide the best performances here. Writing is terrible. This production uses some cheap sets, props, and costumes. There are some interestingly grungy locales in the real-life scenes, which contrast with Monster Island pretty well. Music is pretty upbeat and campy, and it features one of the cheesiest theme songs I've heard in a while (and I can't get it out of my head!!).

Of the Godzilla movies I've seen, this is one of the dumbest and corniest ones. Even if you are looking for a kaiju movie for kids, why insult their intelligence with this one? There are definitely better ones in the series.

2/5 (Entertainment: Poor | Story: Marginal | Film: Very Poor)


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