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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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From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedrah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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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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February 1972 (USA)  »

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JPY 90,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Godzilla chases down Hedorah near the end of the film, the director originally shot two different scenes. One had Godzilla chasing Hedorah on foot, the other had Godzilla flying after him. The flying scene was the one used in the final cut of the film, because the director thought a comical scene was needed to lighten up an otherwise dark film. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Yano: Do you know what a meteor is?
Ken Yano: Sure, it's a falling star that falls to earth.
Dr. Yano: Well, Hedorah (the Smog Monster) attached itself to one of those stars.
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Crazy Credits

In AIP's American version of the film, the entire cast is mysteriously uncredited. See more »

Connections

Follows Godzilla's Revenge (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Hedora wo yattsukero!
("Beat Hedorah!")
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Kôichi Sugiyama
Arrangement by Hiroshi Takada
Sung by Keiko Mari, the Honey Knights and the Moon Drops
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Campy Godzilla Fun

As the 1970s began, Godzilla started to turn into a much more campier, hipper if you will, Japanese institution. There is no evidence of that more striking than Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster(Hedorah) with its cartoonish sedge-ways and psychedelic dance numbers, etc... I loved this film as a child. I remembered some scenes very well: a young boy on a rock calling, "Papa, Papa" and the scene with an oil/sludge covered cat amidst garbage and waste. The environmental issues were lost on my young brain, but having had a chance to see the film somewhat recently I have seen the obvious nature/message inherent in the film. And having seen the film again, I find that I like the film a lot less than I did as a child. Its magic didn't hold up for me, and I started to ask myself why? What could make the difference? Well, the story really is quite transparent as a young boy and his family(father a scientist)discover a new creature in the ocean that when dried turns to a cakey dust that when introduced to water again - creates new life. The scientist also learns that this new organism that feeds on waste has the ability to grow rapidly. Soon it grows to monster proportion as a giant black thing with glowing red eyes, destroying much of Tokyo and Japan, waiting to fight with Godzilla. While this film does indeed have some nicely shot, effective scenes, the story and the pacing just seem a bit strained. Hedorah is a pretty neat looking creature, and some of his fights with the big lizard are very rewarding. The film; however, doesn't have the sense of seriousness(if you can believe this?) that the earlier Godzilla films had. While ostensibly teaching about the evils of pollution and misusing the environment, Godzilla Vs, the Smog Monster is really nothing more than a very campy film of the big old green guy and a big pile of sludge.


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