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Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
"Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  August 1977 (USA)
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A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Ishikawa ...
Gengo Kotaka
Yuriko Hishimi ...
Tomoko Tomoe
Minoru Takashima ...
Shosaku Takasugi
Tomoko Umeda ...
Machiko Shima
Toshiaki Nishizawa ...
Kubota, Head of Children's Land
Zan Fujita ...
Fumio Sudo
Kunio Murai ...
Takashi Shima
Gen Shimizu ...
Commander of Defense Forces
Zekô Nakamura ...
Priest
Kuniko Ashihara ...
Fumio's Mother ,Middle-Aged Woman
Akio Murata ...
Editor of Comics Magazine
Noritake Saito ...
Henchman
Yasuhiko Saijô ...
Henchman
Naoya Kusakawa ...
Henchman
Wataru Ômae ...
Henchman
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Storyline

Aliens from space plan to conquer the world using space monsters Gigan and King Ghidrah, which they control from their secret headquarters inside the head of the Godzilla-replica building at a theme park. The only thing that can stop them is the combined efforts of Godzilla and Anguirus. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original script for this film was entitled "King Ghidorah's Great Counterattack" (Kingu Gidora no Daigyakushû), which featured Godzilla, Rodan and Varan fighting Ghidorah, Gigan, and a new monster named Mogu. It was then reworked into the more appealing "Godzilla Vs. The Space Monsters: The Earth Defense Command" (Gojira tai Uchû Kaijû: Chikyû Bôei Meirei). The script pitted Godzilla, Angilas, and Majin Tuol (a giant stone idol, similar to Daimajin) against King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Megalon, all three recruited by an evil alien brain called Miko. This second script was ultimately reworked into the film it is today. The Godzilla Tower, originally from the script, was part of a world fair amusement park, and was not made for an evil purpose like in the final film (in one scene, Gigan actually mistook it for the real Godzilla!). Megalon finally made his debut in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and Majin Tuol was reworked into King Shisar in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). See more »

Goofs

When tanks are coming to stop Anguirus, a wire can be seen pulling the tanks forward. See more »

Quotes

Gengo Kotaka: Oh, cigarettes?
Kubota, Head of Children's Land: They're for you.
[grins]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits of the Japanese version, colorful lasers shoot from different directions, and pop up into strips within which each credit appears in white text. In the English versions, only the sound FX of the lasers are heard (standard text credits were used). See more »


Soundtracks

Yuke! Yuke! Gojira
("Go, Go, Godzilla!")
Music by Hiroaki Hagiwara
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Performed by Susumu Ishikawa
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"Godzilla vs. Gigan" is perhaps the best of the 1970s Godzilla films that was aimed for children. It's definitely the most fun and enjoyable. Not as good as the first couple of Godzilla films, but better than others.

What I mostly like about "Godzilla vs. Gigan" is the lengthy and very entertaining four-way monster battle at the end. It's very fun to watch and I never get tired of it. Not to mention that this film was the one that brought Gigan to life, and Gigan is one of my top favorite monsters. King Ghidorah and Angilas, and of course, Godzilla, were great in this one also.

The music score is also very good. I love the dramatic music score that plays when it looks like Godzilla's going to be killed by the laser beams. Also, the drum score when Godzilla and Angilas are heading to fight the enemy is great.

Overall, a good fun Godzilla flick. I'd recommend it.


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