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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
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.
First off, I have to give this film a 7/10 not because I liked it, but
because my youngest kids (4 and 6) loved it. You know the sort of movie
that puts you to sleep but your kindergarten kids just soak right in?
Films like Bionicles or HotWheels are better than a sedative, but this
one isn't quite so bad thanks to the Godzilla footage and little
side-stories the kids will ignore, but the adults will enjoy
(admittedly not many of these, but at least they tried).
the most interesting of these side stories involves the boy's friend and neighbour, the typical mussy-haired scientist-tinkerer we find in most Godzilla films. In one scene worth the price of the movie (which I got on VHS at Giant Tiger for $4) our friendly neighbourhood scientist demonstrates his new invention, an integrated monitor and keyboard desktop computer. Keep in mind this is 1968/69, Xerox PARC was only just starting to toy with such ideas in a strictly-business domain, but here in Godzilla-land they are, as usual, decades ahead of the rest of us: IIRC, the boy recommends re-tooling the workstation ... so it will play not just one, but a variety of games! Toho invented the XBox! Back to the movie, it IS possible for older audiences to watch it, but you do need to suspend your belief just a bit more than the usual acceptance of 100-foot monsters.
So ... should a baby-gozilla be 4 feet high, blow smoke-rings and walk and talk? Absolutely. The key to watching this film is just as another reviewer noted, by keeping in mind that the entire film occurs inside the daydreams of a very young person. Given that, it all makes perfect sense, the plot, the dialog, the flashbacks and everything, and if you happen to actually BE a very young person, then it not only makes sense, but it enters your own life.
We were setting place-mats and pillows for Minya for months after they first watched this movie.
Minya fans will also be happy to know that the diminutive atomic monster returns as a principle character in the 2004 Final Wars, albeit with a non-speaking part :)
Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru Kaijû Daishingeki should not be seen as SF or a
monster film, but a film about a child growing up without enough exposure to
his parents. Viewed in this light, it really doesn't matter that the film
is filled with stock footage. Kids often imagine themselves in movies
essentially as they happened, so the introduction of a new monster is
something unusual in that regard.
Child actor Tomonori Yazaki is wonderful as Ichiro (whose name simply means "first male child"), and his parents are simply stuck in their situation. They must work to support Ichiro, but in doing so, they are unable to raise him. Instead, he is cared for by a neighboring toymaker. While this may be seen as any kid's dream, Minami, played by comedian Eisei Amamoto, demonstrates himself a rather inept parent, an old guy who was to eccentric to marry and have children. Whether or not Gojira exists diegetically is open to debate (cf. Gojira tai Hedora for the action figures), although the name is recognizable to the public within the film, is really irrelevant. When this boy fantasizes about having a parent, he fantasizes all wrong, learning lessons appropriate for a monster, but not for a person. Whether the monster itself is naturally exciting (cf. the child in Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) or whether Gojira is a cinematic character really becomes insignificant in the mind of a child anyway. Even if they don't belive something is real, they like to pretend it is, anyway.
When Ishiro Honda cut this film for festival exhibition, he deleted the comic ending which is really inappropriate and suggests that the lessons Ichiro learned from Gojira are okay. This plays against the final scene with the mother, who promises Ichiro she will never work at night again, while her non-verbals convey that she cannot hold to this promise, in effect fulfilling one responsibility mandates coming up short on another of equal importance.
It might perhaps be better if the film were regarded as an experimental drama, one the parents should watch with children and discuss. The intended audience is clearly not young adults looking for action, or worst, campy action.
"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
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.
A disgrace to the franchise. Sure it's meant for kids, but I just can't fathom how awful it is. First of all, it's not a Godzilla movie. Not really, as all the Godzilla sections take place in the dreams of a young boy. The real story is about a bullied boy and his coincidental run in with some bank robbers. He learns some valuable life lessons from Godzilla's son on Monster Island every time he sleeps. In the boy's dreams, Minilla is able to talk and change size. A number of fights are stock footage reused from previous films. An obvious budget cut after the expensive Destroy All Monsters. The film goes on and it's kind of fun in a way, but in the end, after the boy has learned a valuable lesson, the final scene has him doing what the bullies dared him to do in the beginning. This ends in a prank that was dangerous and disrespectful. As he runs away the boy sees his (mostly absent) father, whom agrees to stall the man now chasing him. What kind of a message is this? Screw you, you little turd! Thinking your the cats balls because you went up against some criminals. I hope the real Godzilla stamps on your head.
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Well, some say this is a movie for children and this would excuse the miserable outcome...how so? This can of tripe makes the kiddie Gamera 60ish movies look like Ford Coppola. There is mainly poorly stitched together stock footage, with a butt-ugly kid as the main character. OK, i understand the "philosophical" lesson of a poor kid left home alone while his labour class parents are out to work. I understand "imaginary friends" play a great role and i agree the "lesson" from the movie is fair: believe in yourself. however, the above has been achieved in a much better way with other movies. If you can watch for an hour a colored stain on a white sheet of paper and think that is art and think "the universe" is an appropriate title, this movie is for you. Otherwise, an half-a$$ed attempt under any perspective...not a psychological story, not a monster movie, not a Gamera kid movie, nothing but tripe. Stay away!
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There are a lot of Godzilla films out there, and for most of them its up for debate about which ones are good, or which one is the best(original aside). But any Godzilla fan who's seen his fair share of Godzilla movies knows that THIS movie is by far the worse one. Because it doesn't matter how cheesy or how stupid or fake looking some of the movies can be, because all of them have one thing that this movie doesn't: it stars Godzilla. This movie stars a young boy who gets picked on, day dreams, gets kidnapped, escapes, and stands up to the bullies. Because thats what we think of when someone says Godzilla, we think of coming of age stories. The only times we see Godzilla are in stock footage. I repeat: STOCK FOOTAGE! As in everything we see of him is from other Godzilla movies. Not only that, they have to make Godzilla's son talk. Not only that, they had to give him to most unfitting goofy cartoon voice for him too. The reason that I didn't give this movie a 1 is because Godzilla is still fun to watch, even if it was seen before, because lets be honest, Godzilla playing rock volleyball with a giant lobster never gets old. So watch it for a good laugh at the bad voice acting and horrendously dull plot, but if your a Godzilla fan, stay away, it will crush your appreciation for the series
I'm was never a Godzilla fan until my son got involved. These movies have never meant anything to me until they began taking up so much of his life. He is just about to turn four, and nothing is going to make me happier than to give this to him for his 4th birthday! It will get him off my back!!!!
"Godzilla's Revenge" has long had the undeserved distinction of being
the "worst Godzilla film." Not only it is NOT the worst (that title
probably belongs to "Godzilla vs. Megalon") but "Godzilla's Revenge" is
actually quite good at being what is really is, an actual "kiddie"
Many Godzilla fans have always hated the fact that Godzilla went "kiddie" with this movie. But hey, it's only one film, and it isn't bad at that. It's about a little kid who gets picked on by bullies, and his mom and dad always seem to be working. Alone most of the time, the way he finds peace away from the bullies and loneliness is dreaming about his favorite monsters, and for himself to go to Monster Island to hang out with Godzilla's son, Minya.
When he is "at" Monster Island, he learns to defend himself by watching little Minya fight Gabara, who always picks on Minya. The child then defends himself against some bank robbers, and later the bullies themselves.
It's actually a sweet story that is very well done. There are actually a lot of good shots of outdoors Tokyo, where the working class is going about their work day. The theme music is fun and the opening titles sequence is pretty cool. Some stock footage of other Toho monsters is thrown in for good measure.
And this film is also an odd way to end the classic "60's era" of amazing Godzilla films, but maybe it is fitting that the classic 60's era ended with a sweet Godzilla film about an innocent child, when the decade itself had turned nasty and ugly, having since lost its own innocence.
All in all, this film may definitely not be to everyone's taste and that is perfectly understandable, but it definitely is not a bad film. The way to see this properly is by the old 1998 Simitar DVD Godzilla box-set release, which has a mint-quality widescreen English version.
Although these Japanese monster films are so cartoonish they're really
quite lovable even when they're bad. Such is the case with All Monsters
Attack which was specifically aimed for kids.
Young Ichiro who's about 6 or 7 is a shy kid picked on by a kid named Gabara. Ichiro loves all those monster films and he identifies with Godzilla. He also gets involved in a Home Alone type situation with a pair of bank robbers.'
But the best parts of the film are the imaginary sequences where the kid is on Monster Island where all the monsters hang out after they've done their thing on Japan in their various films. It's there that Ichiro meets Minara, Godzilla's son who speaks dubbed English.
It's seeing how Godzilla handles a family bullying crisis with another monster called Gabara where little Ichiro learns some life lessons.
These films are carrtoonish and childish, but this one is the first I've found marketed for kids. It's even more lovable.
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