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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)
"Gojira tai Hedorâ" (original title)

 -  Horror | Music | Sci-Fi  -  February 1972 (USA)
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From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Yamauchi ...
Dr. Toru Yano
Toshie Kimura ...
Toshie Yano
Hiroyuki Kawase ...
Ken Yano
Toshio Shiba ...
Yukio Keuchi
Keiko Mari ...
Miki Fujiyama
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Gohei - a fisherman
Haruo Suzuki ...
JSDF Officer
Yoshio Katsube ...
JSDF Engineer
Susumu Okabe ...
Announcer A
Kentaro Watanabe ...
Announcer B
Wataru Ômae ...
Police Officer
Tadashi Okabe ...
Scientist
Shigeo Katô
Takuya Yuki ...
Correspondent
Eisaburo Komatsu ...
Non Commissioned Officer
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Storyline

A pollution monster named Hedorah comes from outer space. First it terrorizes sea, then it goes on land where it encounters the big G. After it's after the fight with Godzilla it retreats, only to reappear again in a flying form, it's starts to kill people. Then it takes on it's final form, that's when the Big G comes and the battle that decides the fate of the world begins. Written by Spaceroach

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Our environment is doomed!

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Horror | Music | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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JPY 90,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This is the only movie in which Godzilla demonstrates his ability to fly by firing his atomic breath towards the ground and propelling himself backwards. See more »

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Godzilla: Environmentalist. Not great, but still my favorite Godzilla flick
22 February 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Godzilla vs Hedora (AKA The Smog Monster) is less slick than many of the later productions. It is also somewhat less serious, and features a Godzilla who is more mythic than consistent with his earlier and later portrayals. The Godzilla in this film is a force of nature in more than just a figurative sense. She is also highly intelligent and a defender of the earth and, to some extent, its people.

Even from the title, its easy enough to figure out what this film is about. Tadpoles mutate because of the mutagenic properties of pollution in Tokyo Bay (interestingly, this somewhat silly idea is far less absurd than most of the latter pseudoscience used in Godzilla scripts - almost as bad as Star Trek Voyager sometimes was). The mutant tadpoles fuse at the cellular level and grow into a giant tadpole which then mutates three or four times, spewing out its own toxic pollutants, first as terrestrial and eventually as air pollution. The visuals are good, but the special effects are admittedly below even Toho's usual standards.

Created in the early 1970s, this film is metaphorical and symbolic, although it is still, at heart, a Godzilla film. Hedora is an unsubtle metaphor for the ecological state of the world, and is, in that sense, a monster of our own making. Godzilla is an embodiment of nature, and is to be viewed as a positive force for all life on earth. These symbols are particularly apparent in the use of cartoons as transitional devices from one plot point to another.

Godzilla Vs Hedora walks a very thin line between giant-monster violence and a kid-oriented film. As somebody who has since his early teens, been interested in the environment and as somebody who always liked Japanese Monster films, I developed a sentimental attachment to this film very early on. In fact, this is my all-time favorite Godzilla film, and more than any other film, it is the reason why I consider myself a fan of the big green lizard. This is the film which establishes Godzilla as an environmentalist and a friend to young people - his two best roles.


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