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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
"Gojira tai Megaro" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  April 1976 (USA)
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The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Katsuhiko Sasaki ...
Hiroyuki Kawase ...
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki
Yutaka Hayashi ...
Robert Dunham ...
Emperor Antonio of Seatopia
Kotaro Tomita ...
Lead Seatopian Agent
Ulf Ôtsuki ...
Seatopian Agent
Gentaro Nakajima ...
Truck Driver (as Gen Nakajima)
Sakyo Mikami ...
Truck Driver's Assistant
Fumiyo Ikeda ...
Man from Unit 1
Kanta Mori ...
Japan Special Defense Forces Chief
Shinji Takagi ...
Hideto Odachi ...
Tsugutoshi Komada ...
Kenpachirô Satsuma ...
Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rolf Jessup ...
Antonio's Aide (Radio Operator in White)
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Storyline

The underground kingdom of Seatopia sends out Megalon, a giant beetle, and Gigan to destroy the above ground dwellers. In an attempt to stop them, an independently thinking robot brings Godzilla into the fight. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Titan against Titan! Giant against Giant, in the most spectacular battle yet!! See more »


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Trivia

According to Teruyoshi Nakano, the Godzilla suit used in this film (nicknamed the "Megaro-Goji" suit) was made in a week, making it the fastest Godzilla suit ever made to date. They didn't have time to make the eyes work correctly, something they had more time to fix for Godzilla's appearances on Toho's superhero TV series Ryusei Ningen Zon (1973), which was produced around the same time. See more »

Goofs

The shot of Megalon spitting what appear to be explosive "rocks" out of its mouth is clearly a repeated shot that's being shown over and over again. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Inventor Goro Ibuki: [speaking into the Miniature Control Transmitter] Jet Jaguar, lets go now.
[an idle Jet Jaguar nods in response and walks away]
Hiroshi Jinkawa: Oh? What's the matter with him?
Inventor Goro Ibuki: [smiles in fascination] Dunno... I guess he decided his job was done. But still, I reckon he'd do it again, if the need ever rose again.
Hiroshi Jinkawa: Well, let's just hope that it doesn't. We'll warn the scientists to be more careful in the future, and let Seatopia rest in peace.
[Goro nods in agreement]
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki: [starts to catch up with Jet Jaguar] ...
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood Dinosaur Chronicles (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Gojira to Jetto Jagâ de Panchi Panchi Panchi
("With Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, Punch Punch Punch")
Closing Theme
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Sung by Masato Shimon
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How can a film so shoddy be so much fun?
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Godzilla Vs Megalon is often regarded by Godzilla fans as the low point of the series. Indeed,in terms of conventional movie making,this is indeed a bad film. Stupid plot,zero characterisation,shoddy effects,awful music,you name it. There's even a brief bit where the actors stand still waiting for 'action'-obviously no one cared to edit this out. However,sometimes a bad film can be fun,and this is a case in point.

The film is so fast moving and action packed it's as if all the so-called 'dull'bits have been edited out. No slow build-up to the monsters here-the human part of the story is a constant series of vehicle chases,fights and kidnaps. The friendly flying robot Jet Jaguar has such a goofy charm that can't really dislike him,despite the shameless pandering to small kids,and Megalon and the previously seen Gigan really make a surreal pair of evil monsters. As with Godzilla Vs Gigan,the film is rife with footage from previous Godzilla films,but you have to almost admire the nerve in scenes like Megalon's attack on Tokyo,where all the exploding buildings are from the Ghidorah attack sequence in Ghidorah the Three Monster,the filmmakers almost getting away with it because Ghidorah's ray looks a bit like Megalon's. Oddly enough,the uncut version {many versions are badly cut} is surprisingly violent considering the target audience.

The phrase "so bad it's good"was made for this movie. Badly made in every way,and with no artistic merit whatsoever,but inspite of,or maybe even because of this,it's FUN!!!


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