Word of a monster ape ten stories tall living in the Himalayas reaches fortune hunters in Hong Kong. They travel to India to capture it, but wild animals and quicksand dissuade all but ... See full summary »
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>
Even though Ghidorah was "killed" in Destroy All Monsters (1968), his appearance in this film is explained by pointing out that the events of that film took place in the future date of 1999 while this film took place in the then present year of 1972. See more »
It is painfully obvious that in the shots which show Gidorah and Gigan flying, they are stiff dummies. In scenes that take place on the ground, both move around quite a lot, and Gidorah is always seen swinging his three heads about, so the flying scenes stand out like a sore thumb. See more »
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 »
I really like this film. It's a very well done G-flick, but it's not without it's flaws.
There are only 2 real flaws. One is the King Ghidorah puppet used for his (their?) flying scenes. The other is the piles of stock footage. Most of Ghidorah's destruction & fight scenes are from other movies. In fact, the scene where he knocks G onto the red bridge is from 'Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster.' If you look carefully at the beginning of the scene, you can see MOTHRA near Godzilla's feet! Oops! Of course, in terms of stock footage, this baby's nothing compared to 'Godzilla Vs. Megalon.'
However, these minor failings are more than redeemed by great fight scenes dominated by the absolutely kick-@$$ Gigan. He is a remarkably well-designed kaiju & makes excellent use of his multiple weapons (except the forehead laser which was briefly seen once). I've also read numerous off-site reviews saying how ineffectual Anguirus was at fighting. Yet, you have to remember 2 key elements: One, he was the only kaiju in the film that couldn't walk upright, putting him at a physical disadvantage. Two, Gigan & Ghidorah were being flawlessly controlled by the alien roaches, & were even outmatching Godzilla (at least until the humans took out the control room)!
Overall, a great Godzilla film with great monster scenes & tolerable people scenes. The final scene has a great atmosphere.
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