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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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Pleasingly surreal, decently action-packed, but a bit flawed nonetheless See more (42 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
Koreyoshi Nakamura ... Priest (as Zeko Nakamura)
Kuniko Ashihara ... 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
Kenpachiro Satsuma ... Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Kôetsu Ômiya ... Angirasu / Laser Radar Operator
Kanta Ina ... Kingugidora
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Soundtrack:
Yattsukero GaiganSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Pleasingly surreal, decently action-packed, but a bit flawed nonetheless, 27 March 2001
Author: vkn from Amsterdam

Second only to Godzilla vs Hedorah in terms of weirdness, this Goji flick sees a bunch of aliens trying to conquer the earth using a children's theme park as their base. No, seriously. The bizarre theme of the film also shows in several other ways. The human characters are a bit of an oddball crew. No brave explorers, psychics or secret agents this time. Just a budding manga artist (who comes up with monsters and plots so daft not even Toho could take him seriously), his karate champion girlfriend, a funky hippy and some others. The aliens are their usual ludicrous and badly-dressed selves (they wear orange two-pieces with pink shirts underneath. Heaven help us) and their whole earth conquest plan is utterly ridiculous, of course. Something about an answering machine that can summon two monsters from space, probably. Thing is, all the silliness seems right in place this time, as the whole movie doesn't take itself seriously.

Other good points include Anguillas being quite active, music by good ol' Akira Ifukube, and new baddie Gigan, who really is rather groovy.

But for all that, there's plenty to dislike as well. Godzilla himself looks terribly messy in this film. Small bits of rubber are litterally falling off him during the fight. The rubber suit was in pretty poor state, apparently. It ends up looking as if Goji's suffering from kaiju-dandruff of some kind. Then there's the disappointing use of stock footage a go-go, which looks very lazy in some scenes. The scene where Anguillas pops up at Sagami bay and then blatantly -runs away- from the puny millitary without even smashing up one single thing is really shameful (and is probably the reason why Anguillas is often regarded as a bit of a wuss). Finally, the only really serious flaw is that the big battle at the end has a poor structure. Godzilla takes a huge beating for about fifteen whole minutes, then somehow decides that enough is enough and begins to kick back with some help from Anguillas (who did fairly little so far). But just then, after a few good smacks, the two nasty monsters just turn tail and run away. Booh. It's doubly disappointing when you consider that a battle between four monsters, Godzilla and Anguillas on one side, and Gigan and Ghidora on the other, could have been so much more, especially with such cool-looking nasties.

So that leaves a bad aftertaste, but this is still an interestingly strange and silly kaiju movie that should please die-hards of the genre, or people looking for something hilariously odd. Worth watching once, just for it being so loveably off-the-wall, but you can find lots better if you want quality kaiju action.

The pinnacle of freakiness has to be the scenes where Godzilla and Anguillas -talk- to each other. Not only do we hear some utterly ludicrous distorted voices, but both kaiju are also pretty poor conversationalists (especially Anguillas). Wonder what they talk about when there aren't any big, nasty aliens around?

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