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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (original title)
Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosuke Toyohara ...
Kenichiro Terasawa
Anna Nakagawa ...
Emmy Kano
Megumi Odaka ...
Katsuhiko Sasaki ...
Professor Mazaki
Akiji Kobayashi ...
Yuzo Tsuchiashi
Tokuma Nishioka ...
Takehito Fujio
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Businessman Yasuaki Shindo
Chuck Wilson ...
Chuck Wilson
Richard Berger ...
Grenchiko
Robert Scott Field ...
Kenji Sahara ...
Kiwako Harada ...
Chiaki Moriyuma
Kôichi Ueda ...
Ikehata, the mad old soldier
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Prime Minister
Yasunori Yuge ...
Army Chief
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Time travellers from the 23rd century return to 1992 to warn Japan that Godzilla will cause a catastrophic nuclear incident in the 21st century and suggest a way to rid the world of him forever. They intend to go back to 1944, to Ragos Island, where a dinosaur was exposed to radiation from the Bikini H-Bomb test and became Godzilla. Upon completion of this task, King Ghidrah appears in 1992 and the visitors' true plan is discovered. They wish to destroy Japan so it will not become the dominant economic force. Luckily for the Japanese, Godzilla was still created and will now fight Ghidrah. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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14 December 1991 (Japan)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Mecha-King Ghidorah suit was so heavy and complicated that it was operated exclusively by wires instead of an actor inside it. This is why we never see it walk. See more »

Goofs

In 1944, the downed Godzillasaurus is teleported to the bottom of the sea to keep it from turning into Godzilla. It then does become Godzilla when it absorbs the radiation of a nuclear submarine in the 70s, but it's not explained how it remained alive for thirty years under the water. See more »

Quotes

U.S. Ship Commander: Got him!
Major Spielberg: Take that, you dinosaur.
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In the Japanese and international English versions (but not the American version), the producer, special effects director, screenplay and director credits precede the main title. The cast is credited after the title. See more »

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the Godzilla flick of the decade
23 January 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Every ten years or so, Toho grinds out a great little Godzilla movie. This was their classic for the 1990s.

I usually don't like my Godzilla films to get cluttered up with silly science fiction, but in this movie, the time-travel elements are used very deftly to give us insight into the big G's origins. I also love the appearance of a cybernetic King Ghidorah in the final battle, who looks a heck of a lot cooler than any version of Mechagodzilla.

Some of the more interesting elements include a businessman who owes a debt to Godzilla (yes, really!) and renegades from the future who want to destroy Japan's economy. There's a fair amount of criticism leveled at the Americans, but also some self-criticism too, so in the end I think the cultural conflicts in this film are explored rather fairly.

Special effects are definitely a cut above what you'd expect. Ray beams zing back and forth between the battling titans, leveling all those lovely model buildings in the way. Somehow, the spectacle works; it makes me wish that we'd do more model effects in America, but we seem firmly entrenched in the era of lame CGI.

On the downside, the World War II battle segments are tacky, and some plot elements are glossed over (it seems absurdly easy to change M11 into a good guy!). However, this is still the most fun you'll have with Godzilla; the only superior entries in the series, the original "Gojira" and the mighty "GMK," are more dramatic in tone.


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