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Gojira tai Hedorâ
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Release Date:
February 1972 (USA) See more »
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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:
This is the only movie in which Godzilla demonstrates his ability to fly by firing his atomic breath towards the ground and propelling himself backwards.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:
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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Soundtrack:
Hedora wo yattsukero!See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the best 70's Godzilla, 28 May 1999
Author: barugon from New Jersey

Innovative is the word here: and because he went so far to break with the formula, director Yoshimitsu Banno got into some deep trouble with the Powers-that-Be at Toho. Banno used split-screens, animation, dream-sequences, even a black-and-white sequence that creeps in so subtly you don't really notice until the color suddenly springs back in... all kinds of experimental tricks that make the film completely different from Jun Fukuda's by-the-numbers series entries.

Most interesting are all the references to the original GOJIRA: early on, Dr. Yano when he encounters Hedorah, making him resemble the doomed Dr. Serizawa of the 1954 movie... and Banno even goes so far as to re-stage the famous and frightening fish tank scene. For the first time since the 50's, we see human casualties and measure the destruction in human terms. A sympathetic character is even (apparently) killed. In fact, the only thing that really disappoints in the movie is... the monster battle scenes. Long tense minutes go by, and the monsters just stare at each other.

It's been said of horror movie sequels that audiences aren't really looking for new installments; deep down, they want the same movie, over and over again. That's pretty much what we got from Godzilla, from the late 60's through today -- except for All Kaiju Daishingeki (Godzilla's Revenge) and this movie.

Finally, let's not forget this is the movie where Godzilla learns to fly, by tucking his tail between his legs and breathing fire with all his might.

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