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Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan
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Release Date:
August 1977 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Space Monsters War With Godzilla For The Earth! See more »
Plot:
A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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70s Godzilla-juvenile,cheap,sometimes shoddy,and FUN! See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira / Background Comic Editor / JSDF Officer
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Kôetsu Ômiya ... Angirasu / Laser Radar Operator
Kanta Ina ... Kingugidora

Directed by
Jun Fukuda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Kimura  story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû"
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Kiyoshi Hasegawa 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshio Tamura 
 
Production Design by
Yoshifumi Honda 
 
Production Management
Takahide Morichi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fumisake Okada .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Toshiro Aoki .... special effects sets
Saburo Doi .... mat processing
Yasuyuki Inoue .... special effects art director
Fumio Nakadai .... operations
Teruyoshi Nakano .... director of special effects
Takesaburô Watanabe .... mechanical effects (as Takesaburo Watanabe)
 
Visual Effects by
Fumio Nakadai .... miniature set operation
Yoshiyuki Tokumasa .... optical photography
Yoshiyuki Tokumasa .... optical printing (as Toshiyuki Tokusawa)
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects cameraman
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kojiro Sato .... lighting technician
 
Music Department
Akira Ifukube .... composer: stock music
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla on Monster Island" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language
Runtime:
89 min | Germany:80 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG | USA:G (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Pieces of Godzilla clearly keep falling off during some shots, indicating that the suit was already decaying during filming.See more »
Quotes:
Priest:Children's Land? Is that some sort of a fancy name for a lunatic asylum?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Yattsukero GaiganSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
70s Godzilla-juvenile,cheap,sometimes shoddy,and FUN!, 19 April 2004
Author: DrLenera

After the interesting but none too successful experiments Godzilla's Revenge and Godzilla Vs Hedorah,Toho made this film,which sometimes feels like an attempt to make a 60s Monster Zero-type film on a fraction of the budget. Obviously,it's not a good film in the traditional sense,but all the 70s Godzilla films,despite their childishness,cheapness,shoddy effects work,samey plots,and 'wacky' ideas {in this one ,Godzilla and his mate Angilas TALK to each other in the non-Japanese version,whilst the Japanese version has speech bubbles instead!}etc,are fun to watch,and Godzilla Vs Gigan is no exception.

The plot is the aliens-out-to-conquer-Earth-by-controlling-monsters one already used in Monster Zero and Destroy All Monsters and it would be used a few more times,but here it is reasonably successful,with some fairly intriguing ideas {though often badly done}and unusual human characters,although their constant in-and-out of the Godzilla Tower,the alien's base,becomes a bit tiresome. When the monsters show up,we have probably the longest battle in a Godzilla film,and one of the funniest,too,as Godzilla and Angilas engage in a tag team duel with the evil Ghidorah and Gigan. Sadly the movie is badly let down by excessive stock footage from previous films {Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster,Monster Zero,Son Of Godzilla,Destroy All Monster and probably a couple of others too!}. At least in Godzilla's Revenge the stock footage had a sort of context,here,it jars with the new footage. The worst bit for this is the lengthy destruction scene,where new,night time footage of a tattered,slow moving Ghidorah who can barely move, is intercut with older,daytime footage of Ghidorah,showing a fast-moving dragon in action.

Somehow all this adds to the film's quirky charm,a sometimes good,occasionally awful,entry in the series. The soundtrack is one of the best,it's all Akira Ifikube stock music,much of it from Godzilla films,but it has many of the great Ifikube tracks and a wonderfully rousing title theme.

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