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Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (original title)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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August 1977 (USA)  »

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Godzilla on Monster Island  »

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Trivia

Toho planned for the movie to be a return to form after Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) baffled moviegoers and got its director banned from the series. The movie came about after attempts to make another Hedorah movie failed. See more »

Goofs

Pieces of Godzilla clearly keep falling off during some shots, indicating that the suit was already decaying during filming. See more »

Quotes

Tomoko Tomoe: [after giving Gengo a new job location] Now what's the matter?
Gengo Kotaka: [mutters] You're hard, bitch.
Tomoko Tomoe: What was that? Can you please say that again?
Gengo Kotaka: Oh no I won't. Not with you being a black belt in karate.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Gojira Mâchi
("Godzilla March")
Music by Kunio Miyauchi
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa and Jun Fukuda
Performed by Susumu Ishikawa & The Toho Kids' Chorus Group
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Great, great fun
21 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a massive fan of kaiju movies so I come to these films predisposed to like them. I've seen most of the original GODZILLA series and am attempting to fill in a few blanks; one of those is GODZILLA VS. GIGAN, a late-entry instalment that pits Godzilla and his old foe Anguirus against new space-monster Gigan and an old enemy, King Ghidorah.

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN is plenty of fun from beginning to end, and the formula for that success lies in having a human interest story that's just as entertaining as the monster stuff. This time around, a group of environmentalists and employees investigate the mysterious owners of a new Godzilla theme park, soon uncovering some dark secrets which inevitably throw Japan into peril.

Godzilla is on good form in what is one of the grisliest of the series (who knew you'd end up seeing a Japanese blood spray in a children's film?). Anguirus is my favourite kaiju monster, purely because he isn't capable of much and it's kind of sweet to watch him getting beaten on so much, so seeing him here was a delight. Gigan proves a deadly foe - especially with that saw! - and King Ghidorah is, well, King Ghidorah. You can't go wrong with that combo, and inevitably GODZILLA VS. GIGAN turns out to be a colourful, action-packed romp.


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