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February 1972 (USA) See more »
Our environment is doomed!
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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  (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
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Hedorah (as Kengo Nakayama)
Yasuzô Ogawa
Kôji Uruki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Fernandez ... Yukio Keuchi (American version) (voice) (uncredited)
Bernie Grant ... Dr. Toru Yano (American version) (voice) (uncredited)
Kenneth Harvey ... Gohei / Scientist / Helicopter Pilot (American version) (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Hilton ... JSDF Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Kaye ... Yukio Keuchi (voice) (uncredited)
Lucy Martin ... Toshie Yano (American version) (voice) (uncredited)

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
Yôichi Manoda 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
Production Design by
Yasuyuki Inoue 
Special Effects by
Teruyoshi Nakano .... director of special effects
Visual Effects by
Yôichi Manoda .... special effects cinematographer
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
Editorial Department
Eli Haviv .... editor: US version
Music Department
Guy Hemric .... lyrics: english 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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Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and brief mild language
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

The original Japanese trailer promoted this as "Promising young director Yoshimitsu Banno debut title." In reality, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and the studio were so disappointed in the finished film that Tanaka banned Banno from ever working on another Godzilla film for as long as Tanaka lived. Ironically, in the years following Tanaka's death, Banno acquired Godzilla's film rights and planned to produce an IMAX short film entitled Godzilla 3-D to the Max. When Banno could not acquire funding for the film, he approached Legendary Pictures on behalf of Toho and discussed production of a new feature film. Ultimately, Godzilla (2014) was produced from this deal, with Banno acting as executive producer.See more »
Continuity: When Hedorah throws some sludge at Godzilla's eye in the Mt. Fuji scene, it hit's Godzilla right eye, but after Hedorah gets done laughing, Godzilla's left eye is the one that is damaged.See more »
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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Campy Godzilla Fun, 22 August 2005

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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