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Godzilla vs. Megalon -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Jun Fukuda (writer)
Takeshi Kimura (story)
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Release Date:
April 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Underground horrors attack! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Much better than Godzilla vs Gigan See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Inventor Goro Ibuki
Hiroyuki Kawase ... Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki
Yutaka Hayashi ... Hiroshi Jinkawa
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 ... Gojira
Hideto Odachi ... Megaro
Tsugutoshi Komada ... Jetto Jagâ
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rolf Jessup ... Antonio's Aide (Radio Operator in White)
Eisuke Nakanishi ... Asuka Island Nuclear Test (Narrator)
Chris Hilton ... Inventor Goro Ibuki (voice) (uncredited)

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira (stock footage) (uncredited)
Ted Thomas ... Emperor Antonio of Seatopia / Narrator / Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Riichirô Manabe 
 
Cinematography by
Yuzuru Aizawa 
 
Film Editing by
Michiko Ikeda 
 
Production Design by
Yoshifumi Honda 
 
Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (restored version)
Keisuke Shinodo .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tsunesaburo Nishikawa .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Teishiro Hayashi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Eiichi Asada .... assistant camera
Teruyoshi Nakano .... director of special effects
Shôji Okawa .... special effects wire work
 
Visual Effects by
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects cameraman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Masakuni Morimoto .... lighting technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gojira tai Megaro" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:78 min | Japan:86 min
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Color:
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Jet Jaguar was the earliest example of a fan-service in a Godzilla film, the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for children to come up with a new hero for them to use (to capitalize on the many tokusatsu and anime superhero and super robot shows that were all the rage at the time). The winner of the contest was an elementary school student, who submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Arone, which superficially resembled both Ultraman and "TranZor Z" (1972) (both of which were very popular at the time). The robot was renamed "Jet Jaguar" and was set to star in a film vehicle for him, titled "Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon," which pitted him against Megalon (a previously unused Godzilla enemy design). However, Toho figured Jet Jaguar would not be able to carry the film on his own, either in screen appearance or marketing value (which was very important to Toho), so they shut the project down during pre-production after doing some tests and storyboards. Less than a month later, screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa was called in to rewrite the script to add Godzilla and Gigan, providing more marquee value (especially since Godzilla was still very popular with children). After revised pre-production, shooting took a hasty three weeks to make up for lost production time. Due to this delay, the total production time, from planning to finish, was six months.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Godzilla is bouncing Megalon up and down, the Megalon suit is empty (the legs bend and collapse, showing no one is inside the suit).See more »
Quotes:
[Jet Jaguar is about to ram into an army helicopter, in which Goro attempts to regain control of the robot with his miniature control transmitter]
Inventor Goro Ibuki:Jet Jaguar, stop!
[Jet Jaguar stops]
Lead Seatopian Agent:[back in Goro's laboratory, looking on Jet Jaguar's POV camera monitor] What the hell's happened? He stopped!
Inventor Goro Ibuki:Get Godzilla! You'll find him on Monster Island!
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Soundtrack:
Megaro wo YattsukeroSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Much better than Godzilla vs Gigan, 25 August 2008
Author: jerekra from United States

Upon looking at my rating of Godzilla vs Megalon you may think that I do not think that this movie is very good. That could not be farther from the truth. THere are great parts in this film. However there are also some parts that make me scratch my head.

This time an evil group of humans who live under the ground called Seatopians are after revenge. They have had enough of nuclear testing that has affected their society. So they send out their Giant Guardian monster Megalon, giant beetle with drill bit hands, to destroy mankind. Also they send men after a robot called jet jaguar that was created by a guy named Goro to use as a guide to lead Megalon to Japan. After stealing Jet Jaguar Goro gets him back and sends Jet Jaguar to monster island to get Godzilla. THe seatopians contact nebula m. space hunter to send for Gigan to set up for a great tag team battle.

There are a lot of things that cause me to scratch my head. First of all Megalon is quite confusing. He is a giant insect but has 4 limbs? He looks OK and has a good roar, but there is something missing. There are times when you can tell that nobody is inside of the Megalon costume. Also Megalon seems to be better at hitting himself with his napalm bombs than his opponents.

Gigan is back. It is good to see him again and this is the last time you see him until Final Wars. Gigan and Megalon make for a much better tag team duo than Ghidorah and Gigan due to the fact that Ghidorah is such a devastating force by himself and the fact that he would need a teammate is ridiculous.

Unlike the last godzilla film, Godzilla vs Gigan, the fight scene in this film is well done. This is how a tag team battle should go. There is lots of action and not any times where you have to wait for something to happen. However this is one of the few times where Godzilla gets no resistance from his foes and seemingly could have beaten his foes without jet jaguar. Overall a great fight though in terms of action.

Stock Footage is used again. Yeagh if you read my previous reviews you can probably tell how I feel towards Stock Footage. However in this film they mainly only use it for destruction scenes. There are a few times where Gigan falls down onto a bridge, taken from Godzilla vs Gigan, despite the fact that the monsters are fighting in the middle of a plain.

Godzilla shows up a little late in this film. Jet Jaguar in many ways is the main character of this film, leading me to view this one more like an episode of Ultra Man or ZOne Fighter. However I would rather Godzilla show up for a little bit of new footage than to just watch recycled footage of him from previous films.

This film is a comedy though. The way that the fight goes on can not be taken serious at all. This is the film in which Godzilla glides on his tail to kick Megalon right in the chest. A great move that makes me laugh my ass off every time I see it.

Jet Jaguar used to bug me more than he does now. However, how in the hell did he come up with the ability to grow to the size of Godzilla? When he does this during the film his creator mearly goes "Oh wow. He grew to the size of Godzilla, I did not know he could do that." I guess if I made a robot and he grew to be the size of Godzilla I would react differently.

There are a lot of cheesy lines, flaws in physics, and some stock footage. However this is definitely better than Godzilla vs Gigan and i recommend it. IT may not be great but at least it is fun and sometimes that is all that matters.

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