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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gojira tai Megaro (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | April 1976 (USA)
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 / Motorcycle assailant
Kôtarô 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 ...
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Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Jesser ...
Antonio's Aide (Radio Operator in White) (as Rolf Jessup)
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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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Underground horrors attack! See more »


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April 1976 (USA)  »

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$760,000 (estimated)
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(Fujicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite widely being considered one of the weakest entries in the Godzilla series, the movie actually received positive reviews by certain American critics upon its initial release in the States, who praised the effects work and the miniatures. In actuality, much of the movie's special effects were rather lazily cobbled together from stock footage taken from earlier films made by Toho Studios. See more »

Goofs

When Megalon crawls behind some trees, it cuts to stock footage taken from the Godzilla vs. Gigan, which is actually itself stock footage composed of different films, like The War of the Gargantuas. You can clearly see that instead of Megalon, one of the Gargantuas from that movie is hiding behind the trees. See more »

Quotes

[Hiroshi is tied to a chair in Goro's lab, held hostage by the lead Seatopian agent]
Hiroshi Jinkawa: Where are you taking my friends?
Lead Seatopian Agent: To the kingdom of Seatopia.
Hiroshi Jinkawa: Seatopia?
Lead Seatopian Agent: That's right. It's a country below the surface of the sea. It was engulfed in an earthquake millions of years ago, and most of its people survived. They managed to create their own oxygen supply, and later were able to construct their own sun.
Hiroshi Jinkawa: So the legend's true!
Lead Seatopian Agent: We are a very advanced people. Our scientists are much superior to yours.
Hiroshi Jinkawa: Well...
[...]
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Connections

Follows Gojira tai Hedora (1971) 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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Finest of the Godzilla Saga...at least in my opinion!
29 June 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Godzilla vs. Megalon, or Gojira tai Megaro, was the only film in this venerable Japanese series to be geared specifically for children. Godzilla is a legendary hero, and protector of Japan, rather than the Island of the Rising Sun's destructor. He is called upon by the android, and Ultraman look-alike, Jet Jaguar to fend off the attack of the giant interstellar cockroach, Megalon, and that fiendish villain from Star Hunter M Nebula, Gigan. The fight that insues is exciting, funny, and at times, a little bloody, but in the end we all know how it ends.

For the younger viewers, Godzilla vs. Megalon is up their alley, and when I was a kid, this is the film that made me believe in Godzilla and see him as a hero.

Highly recommended.


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