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Gojira tai Hedora (1971)

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
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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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Creature of Slime and Sludge Spawned by Pollution's Poison Threatens to Destroy the Earth! See more »


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)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are differing accounts on who came up with the movie's anti-pollution message and dark imagery. Director Yoshimitsu Banno says it was him, as he wanted to make the Godzilla series relevant again by inserting social commentary into the story. Special-effects director Teruyoshi Nakano on the other hand claimed that Banno was trying to make the movie appeal to kids, and that the anti-pollution message and the darker scenes were his ideas. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Yano and Yukio are discussing going to rescue Ken, fish can be seen swimming in the aquarium behind them even though all the fish in it were destroyed by the acid mist a few minutes earlier. See more »

Quotes

Yukio Keuchi: There's no place else to go and pretty soon we'll all be dead, so forget it! Enjoy yourself! Let's sing and dance while we can! Come on, blow your mind!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in WCW Monday Nitro: Episode #1.28 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaese! Taiyô wo
("Return! The Sun")
Chorus Versions
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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