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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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My personal favorite Godzilla film! 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)

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira (stock footage) (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)
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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:
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:
Continuity: When Godzilla jumps into the water, his appearance changes. This is because this shot is re-used from Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966), which wade produced when the old Godzilla suit was still being used. This film marked the debut of the new suit.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, if you're so damn clever, why steal our robot?
Lead Seatopian Agent:We have few people. We need to have robots in order to build up an army. Now, we don't have the time to invent them.
Hiroshi Jinkawa:Oh yeah? You mean you're too dumb!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hallucinations (1986) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gojira to Jetto Jagâ de Panchi Panchi PanchiSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
My personal favorite Godzilla film!, 3 November 2004
Author: John Cassidy (ryuuseipro@comcast.net) from Richmond, VA

Even though the original 1954 GODZILLA is an undeniable masterpiece, this film is my personal favorite Godzilla film! :)

I hold GODZILLA VS. MEGALON with aesthetic and sentimental value, not only because it was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw, but the very first movie Mom and the rest of my family took me to see! I had very hazy memories of being taken into the movie theater with lots of people, and I really enjoyed and cheered at seeing Godzilla and his super-robot pal Jet Jaguar fight with Megalon and Gigan on the screen.

But the ironic thing is that many fans considered this to be the worst Godzilla movie ever. They have a right to consider things that way, and I appreciate that this movie is not held in the highest regard in the Godzilla canon, but that doesn't change my opinion on it.

Many fans bitterly disliked the very idea of Godzilla teaming up with a superhero; In this case, the super-robot Jet Jaguar, who can change size. Jet Jaguar resembles both an Ultraman-style superhero (SPECTREMAN, JUMBORG ACE, etc.) and an anime super-robot from the 70s like MAZINGER Z (which was a huge success at the time), GETTER ROBO and other anime robots that got featured in Mattel's Shogun Warriors toy collection from the 70s (which also featured Godzilla and Rodan)! When I was a kid, I actually thought Jet Jaguar was a Shogun Warrior! Like the Shogun Warriors, Jet Jaguar was a major influence in my life - he got me into Japanese superheroes! He did the same "henshin" poses that many Japanese superheroes of the 70s (started by the famous KAMEN [MASKED] RIDER), and I later saw Shaw Brothers' KAMEN RIDER-influenced Hong Kong superhero spectacular, THE SUPER INFRAMAN (or just INFRA-MAN in the US), and I later became aware of Ultraman, Kamen Rider and many other superheroes later on. So for me, GODZILLA VS. MEGALON was the best of both worlds! I really loved the idea of Godzilla teaming up with a super-robot, and the two handshakes they did in the film are heartwarming, IMHO.

Besides Jet Jaguar, this film features a new Godzilla suit (Haruo Nakajima had just retired after GODZILLA VS. GIGAN, even though he tried on the new suit in behind the scenes films), and it has got to be the cutest Godzilla ever! I mean, just look at that puppy-dog face! It's like a demonic charcoal-gray Snoopy as if designed by Gou Nagai! It's one of my personal favorite suit designs. Megalon was a really cool monster! A flying rhino-beetle with drill arms! He shoots napalm grenades out of his mouth and also shoots electric beams from his horn (and when he does, it sometimes cuts to stock footage of King Ghidorah's Gravity Beams)! Gigan is back, though the costume is different from the one previously used in GODZILLA VS. GIGAN. The blue-green color is darker, and he looks somewhat thinner.

The special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano (who I had the pleasure of meeting at Asian Fantasy Film Expo 2002) are still really cool. The dam sequence with Megalon is praiseworthy! The rest is slam-bang action, on the same notch as any giant superhero show from the same period, even though Jet Jaguar doesn't shoot any beams! But if people hate Nakano's FX and slam them for being cheap, the ironic thing is that the effects took 6 months to complete! Riichirou Manabe's music score is much cheerier and more upbeat than his dark GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH score. His Godzilla theme music (the same as the one in Hedorah) is much tougher and less droopy than last time! The Seatopia music is pretty eerie and avant-garde, almost like Karlheinz Stockhausen music! The rest is groovy 70s music (flutes, guitar, banjo, horns, etc.), but another highlight is the theme song, "With Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, Punch Punch Punch!" ("Gojira to Jetto Jagaa de Panchi Panchi Panchi!"), which was sung by my favorite Japanese singer, Masato Shimon, who not only sang tons of tokusatsu and anime theme songs since the 70s, but also sang some Godzilla tie-in albums! If you liked the song, I recommend the full record version (in stereo)! That one is totally more upbeat and just rocks! It's also one of my favorite Shimon songs!

The cast is quite different and unusual from any Godzilla film made before or since. In this one case, there are no females among the lead characters (unless you count the Seatopian dancers), but they are still likable in that bizarre sort of way (and you can tell that this end of the production was rushed)! Katsuhiko Sasaki (who's new to the series, but his father Minoru Chiaki played pilot Kouji Kobayashi in GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN) plays inventor Gorou Ibuki, who invents Jet Jaguar. His kid brother Rokuro (nicknamed "Roku-chan"), for children to identify with, is played by Hiroyuki Kawase (who played Ken Yano in GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH two years earlier) wearing a red Snoopy sweater (yep, there I go with the Snoopy thing again)! Yutaka Hayashi (best known these days as a comical, fast-talking reporter in comedy and variety shows in Japan) plays the Ibuki siblings' hot-rodding friend Hiroshi Jinkawa, who gets into all the car-chases with the bad guys! Then, there's the late veteran Robert Dunham as Antonio, the Emperor of Seatopia, clad in a white toga and a tiara with Megalon's head on the center. Every time I think of Antonio and Seatopia, I keep thinking of Sean Connery's movie ZARDOZ (made the same year)! It must be the neo-Olympic/Greek style that Seatopia has. Rolf Jessup (who has appeared in some Japanese films) appears as his right-hand man radio operator in a white uniform. Koutarou Tomita plays the Seatopian agent dressed in black (and looks a lot like Alan Rickman's Snape character in the Harry Potter movies), backed by Wolf Ootsuki (who played the villain Professor Hassler in the Ishinomori/Toei TV series GIANT IRONMAN 1-7) playing agent dressed in brown. And Kanta Mori (who guest-starred as Professor Nakamura in Episode 10 of ULTRAMAN, which, ironically, guest-starred Godzilla as Jirass!) plays the JSDF General (every Godzilla movie's gotta' have 'em).

As for the plot, here's the breakdown: After underwater nuclear tests in the Pacific shake up many islands (including Monster Island), Emperor Antonio, the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Seatopia retaliates by sending their giant guardian beetle Megalon to destroy the surface world. He also dispatches two agents to steal the new super-robot Jet Jaguar from Professor Gorou Ibuki and his kid brother Rokurou (whom they also capture). They're being rescued by their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa, who goes through action-packed car-chases to rescue them, which he does. Once rescued, Gorou manages to regain control of Jet Jaguar, and sends him to Monster Island to call Godzilla for help. In response to this, Antonio calls for Star Hunter Nebula M to send Gigan to Earth to assist Megalon. Jet Jaguar grows to Godzilla-size and fights with Megalon, but Gigan finally comes and makes things hard for our robot hero. But Godzilla arrives in time to help Jet Jaguar beat Megalon and Gigan in a slam-bang tag-team monster match to save humankind . . .

I don't know about everyone else, but GODZILLA VS. MEGALON deserves more respect than it's getting in the US (In Japan, it's always been released with a beautifully restored widescreen print, regardless of what fans and others think). t has a very special place in my heart! I don't recommend it to the most serious Godzilla fans, but even some Godzilla fans still like it, if not love it. But if you like monsters, superheroes and robots, then I highly recommend GODZILLA VS. MEGALON! Still my favorite Godzilla film!

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