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Gojira tai Hedorâ
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Release Date:
February 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Our environment is doomed!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Yukihiko Gondô ... Helicopter Pilot
Haruo Nakazawa ... Youth

Haruo Nakajima ... Godzilla
Kenpachiro Satsuma ... Hedorah (as Kengo Nakayama)
Yasuzô Ogawa
Kôji Uruki
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Directed by
Yoshimitsu Banno 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yoshimitsu Banno 
Takeshi Kimura  (as Kaoru Mabuchi)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Riichirô Manabe 
 
Cinematography by
Yoichi Manoda 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
 
Production Design by
Yasuyuki Inoue 
 
Special Effects by
Teruyoshi Nakano .... director of special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Yoichi Manoda .... special effects cinematographer
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Editorial Department
Eli Haviv .... editor: US version
 
Other crew
Salvatore Billitteri .... supervisor: English dubbing
Lee Kresel .... director: English dubbing
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gojira tai Hedorâ" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla vs. Hedora" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and brief mild language
Runtime:
Germany:96 min | USA:87 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Yukio Keuchi:Oh, you like Godzilla?
Ken Yano:Superman beats them all!
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Soundtrack:
Hedora wo yattsukero!See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Retro Godzilla Film., 20 June 2001
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

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; plenty of monster battles, albeit slow in some parts. Some of the problems 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. The movie's cinematography lacks a little spirit and color, making this movie look a little dull, and the overall momentum of the film was a little slow. 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 somewhat slow but an interesting Godzilla movie, returning you to the darker and more serious themes of the series.

Grade C+

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