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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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February 1972 (USA)  »

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JPY 90,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Goofs

When the child notices Godzilla from far away on the roller coaster ride, it is clear that "Godzilla" in this case is just a badly drawn blotch of paint, which also appears to be far too dark for its supposed environment. See more »

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Yukio Keuchi: Oh, you like Godzilla?
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On the original Japanese trailer, the director's name is given as Yoshimitsu Sakano. On the film itself, he is credited as Yoshimitsu Banno. See more »

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Soundtracks

Kaese! Taiyô wo
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Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Yoshimitsu Banno
Sung by the Honey Knights & the Moon Drops
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My Favorite Godzilla movie
28 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who says that Godzilla movies are nothing more than men in rubber monster suits, wrestling and destroying scale models of Tokyo... has not seen this film! When I first saw it, I was like 5 or 6 years old and it scared the beejeezus out of me! I agree with another reviewer, definitely not a "G" rating. What makes this a rare and exceptional Godzilla movie is the not-so subtext. Pollution was a big concern in the late sixties and early seventies, and this film has the most powerful images of anti-pollution propaganda that I have seen in any film! Add to this, a bizarre mix of dancing disco hippie chicks singing "Save the Earth", with real images of the horrendous pollution in Japan and things like spontaneous animated clips...and you have THE most unique of the Godzilla films ever made! But don't worry! There is plenty of all-monster-wrestling!! You either like Godzilla movies, or you don't. If you don't like the franchise, avoid this like the plague. If you are a huge fan of the big "G", like I am, this is the most interesting variation on the standard zilla plot. And a refreshing, bizarre and disturbing mix of imagery!! I gave it a 10 of 10 because it is my favorite of all the Godzilla movies.


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