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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

In the scene where a piece of Hedora comes down the stairs of the club during Godzilla and Hedora's first battle, there is a picture of Martin Luther King hanging on the wall behind it. 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

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Soundtracks

Kaese! Taiyô wo
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A Retro Godzilla Film.
20 June 2001 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

When the Godzilla series entered the 1970s, a retro and hippie feeling could be seen in this movie. This film starts off with a singer, played by Keiko Mari, singing a song titled "Save the Earth." Like 1964's Godzilla vs. Mothra, this film delivers a message of environmental danger. The story's about heavy pollution problems occurring in Japan. When an alien spore from outer space enters Earth and lands on a pile of toxic waste in the sea, a towering monster of sludge, crap, smog, and goo attacks Japan. This is the first Godzilla (Gojira) film in many years that depicts numerous human casualties. Scenes of humans deforming are a gruesome sight and echo elements in the original Gojira film. Like a viewer said, the fish tank scene is a similar scene of the fish tank in the original Gojira film.

The central character in this movie is a boy, played by Hiroyuki Kawase, who idolizes Godzilla. Godzilla, by this time, is portrayed as a "defender of Earth," rather than a destructive force. Mostly, there are no hints of fears from the people upon Godzilla's appearances. The line "Get'em Godzilla!" is a real charmer, making the monster look more and more like a hero and defender of Japan.

Yoshimitsu Banno did a good job directing and assembling the cast out, staging them in places like nightclubs, hills and amusement parks. The retro feel could be seen in the nightclub scene, where the singer sings the title song as blobs of retro paint move in a movie screen behind her. Also, the scene of the teenagers "celebrating" on a hill like a woodstock is also a retro feel.

Takeshi Kimura gave us a dark and scientific story, but some lighthearted scenes can be seen, like the scene where Godzilla flies (I think this is the only time we see Godzilla fly). Teruyoshi Nakano's special effects were believable, with the monster battles being pretty entertaining. The only problem I have with the monster battles is the part where Godzilla and Hedorah virtually move towards each other, staring at each other for several minutes. And, this movie lacks excitement and spirit within the characters. They are mostly monotone throughout the movie and had no real emotions, making this movie look dull. And, this film lacks an effective music score. The music is not really harmonic or melodic and lacks charm to it. Riichiro Manabe composed a theme for Godzilla-a theme played by overblown trumpets. Though somewhat wacky, this theme sounds heroic for Godzilla.

Overall, a pretty entertaining Godzilla movie, but some excitement and spirit from the characters and a more effective music score would have made this movie better.

Grade C+


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