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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
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Hedorah (as Kengo Nakayama)
Yasuzô Ogawa
Kôji Uruki

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:
The original Japanese trailer promoted this as "Promising young director Yoshimitsu Sekano debut title." In reality, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and the studio were so disappointed in the finished film that, in over 40 years, the director has not directed another film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Hedora wo yattsukero!See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Craziest movie ever!, 22 November 2001
Author: BrunoMatteisNumberOneFan from Norway

Something spooky is happening on the Japanese coast; pollution is killing the fish in the ocean, but it also gives life to a monstrous mutated fish-monster. A professor and his genius kid watch it's destructions on TV, and the kid remarks: "- Oh, that was a tadpole-monster." Japan and the entire world is soon threatened by the unearthly Creature, who's named Hedorah by the Professors kid.

At the same time a funky teenage assistant of the professor gets drunk at an absurdly psychadellic disco and has visions of all the party-people being mutated fish. Hedorah inhales polluted smoke from factory- chimneys and seem to get high, the kid is psychic and has visions of Godzilla coming to save the world, and the Professor is attacked by the Hedorah underwater and his face gets malformed. Godzilla and the "Smog Monster" (as it is sometimes referred to as) start fighting only 25 minutes into the movie. The Hedorah mutates from ocean- dweller, to reptile to flying creature, and experts conclude that "He" is probably from a distant Nebula in outer space. Scenes of havoc and the Professor's family is intercut with cartoon- style sequences with strong enviromental messages.

One scene has the Hedorah flying over a group of people working out, and they turn blue-faced and ultimately into gushy skeletons. A man at a construction site screams out (extremely) loud, and then falls to his death. Hedorah has the ability to corrode metal, and people on TV quarrel intensely on the fate of the planet. The Professors assistant knows the end is near, and has a hippie-styled party on top of a mountain; "- Let's have fun as we die!!" The party is interrupted by the space/pollution freak, and most of the kids are melted by its poisonous vomit/droppings when they try to set it on fire.

The Professor's kid has found the solution to defeat the grotesque beast: "- Dry it - it's only sludge!", and with the aid of the friendly Godzilla it finally works. Some scenes, as well as the sounds the Hedorah makes are beyond description; like the scene were it's covering Godzilla with its tons of toxic puke, and at the same time "laughing" diabolically. There are weird crosscutting throughout, the kid yells "Papa" alot and the groovy rock score helps to its remarkably insane mood. The PG- rating should be reconsidered. This one is too dark and demented in so many ways, I don't think a ten year- old should watch it. It's mad nightmarish, art-cinematic style could cause damage.

A TV- reporter calls the Hedorah "a freak organizm" - much like this movie itself.

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