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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gojira tai Megaro (original title)
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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.

Director:

Jun Fukuda

Writers:

Jun Fukuda, Takeshi Kimura (story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Inventor Goro Ibuki
Hiroyuki Kawase Hiroyuki Kawase ... Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki
Yutaka Hayashi Yutaka Hayashi ... Hiroshi Jinkawa
Robert Dunham Robert Dunham ... Emperor Antonio of Seatopia / Motorcycle assailant
Kôtarô Tomita Kôtarô Tomita ... Lead Seatopian Agent
Ulf Ôtsuki Ulf Ôtsuki ... Seatopian Agent
Gentaro Nakajima Gentaro Nakajima ... Truck Driver (as Gen Nakajima)
Sakyo Mikami Sakyo Mikami ... Truck Driver's Assistant
Fumiyo Ikeda Fumiyo Ikeda ... Man from Unit 1
Kanta Mori Kanta Mori ... Japan Special Defense Forces Chief
Shinji Takagi Shinji Takagi ... Gojira
Hideto Odachi Hideto Odachi ... Megaro
Tsugutoshi Komada Tsugutoshi Komada ... Jetto Jagâ
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Jesser 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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GIANT AGAINST GIANT...the ultimate battle See more »


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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Megalon See more »

Filming Locations:

Machida, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,803,446
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the German version of the movie, the robot Jet Jaguar is called King Kong. According to rumors, they even claim that he is supposed to be the giant ape wearing a robot suit, but that is false. The dub merely calls him King Kong, but no reference is made to him being anything other than a human-built robot. The reason for this is that the distributors probably wanted to ride the popularity of the King Kong brand. Curiously, the evil robot Mechagodzilla from the following movie, who has no connection to the benevolent Jet Jaguar, is also called King Kong in Germany. See more »

Goofs

The doll used to represent Jet Jaguar when he's flying has arms that are way too long for his body, especially when compared to the actor in the Jet Jaguar suit. See more »

Quotes

Hiroshi Jinkawa: Look, you're sure you want to go? Could be damned dangerous.
Inventor Goro Ibuki: I know but I built that robot myself. I feel responsible.
Hiroshi Jinkawa: So he's like a son? That's very touching.
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Alternate Versions

The 1976 U.S. Cinema Shares release omits approximately 3 minutes from the original Japanese version in order to get a G rating. The deleted scenes include: the opening credits; a brief shot of young Rokuro being abducted and taken away in a car; several shots of the men in a truck, with pages from nudie magazines hanging behind them; an extended fight scene as Hiroshi escapes from the Seatopian; the truck drivers throwing a man off a cliff; the kidnappers asking "what the hell is that?" and yelling "go to hell!"; several brief shots of blood and violence when the brothers break into their home; and the Commander getting crushed to death by a giant boulder. This is the version that remains available on several cut-price video labels. See more »


Soundtracks

Megaro wo Yattsukero
("Beat Megalon")
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Jun Fukuda
Sung by Masato Shimon
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Sora ni Hayaku, San na Taiyo, JET JAGUAR, JET JAGUAR......
24 July 2004 | by Angel_MeiruSee all my reviews

Okay, okay, I admit, I have a guilty pleasure of watching this movie alot, with and without MST3K. Yeah, I have fun with G vs Megalon!

It is also one of the few Godzilla films to feature an Atlantis-like civilization in it as well. The civiliation lives beneath the sea, full of scantily claded dancers and their guardian monster is Megalon. They get upset at the surface world and summon Megalon, but things may not go as planned, due to two men, one hyperactive little boy, Jet Jaguar, and of course, Godzilla.

Sure, it may not be Akira Kurosawa, but it is alot of fun indeed.


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