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Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Gojira no gyakushû (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 21 May 1959 (USA)
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Director:

Motoyoshi Oda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Shoichi Tsukioka
Setsuko Wakayama Setsuko Wakayama ... Hidemi Yamaji - Koehi's Daughter
Minoru Chiaki ... Kôji Kobayashi
Takashi Shimura ... Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Zoologist Dr. Tadokoro
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda ... Captain Terasawa of Osaka Defense Corps
Sônosuke Sawamura ... Hokkaido Branch Manager Shingo Shibeki
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Tajima, Member of Osaka Defense Corps
Mayuri Mokushô Mayuri Mokushô ... Radio Operator Yasuko Inouye
Minosuke Yamada Minosuke Yamada ... Chief of Civil Defense
Yukio Kasama Yukio Kasama ... Koehi Yamaji, President of the Fishery
Senkichi Ômura Senkichi Ômura ... Small Escaped Convict
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Commander of Landing Craft
Shin Ôtomo Shin Ôtomo ... Convict Leader
Shirô Tsuchiya Shirô Tsuchiya ... Captain of Fishing Boat (as Hirotoshi Tsuchiya)
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Storyline

Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend, Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his so he can be rescued. The two pilots are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization, that a monster closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they ultimately destroy each other? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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ANGURUS: Screaming its challenge of mortal combat... shooting 10,000 degree jets of flaming devastation! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla Raids Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #1,000. See more »

Goofs

Strings holding up Godzilla's tail visible as he and Anguirus plunge into the water. See more »

Quotes

[last line; Japanese version]
Shoichi Tsukioka: Kobayashi... we beat Godzilla for you.
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Crazy Credits

The director, Motoyoshi Oda, is misspelled as Motoyoshi Qdq. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2007 Sony U.S. DVD release features the original Japanese version and the U.S. dubbed version. The U.S. version featured on the disc is not the original theater version but a video version in which the main title "Gigantis, the Fire Monster" is replaced with the title "Godzilla Raids Again." It retains the original U.S. dubbing in which Gojira/Godzilla is referred to as "Gigantis." See more »

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The Strange History
6 October 2002 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This film is a decent follow up to the original film. It pretty much shows that you don't have to be a scientist or a major military figure to be a hero. The only thing negative criticism I have about it is that it tends to slow down when it gets to the scenes that feature only the human characters. However, the film really picks up steam when the fight between the two monsters begins.

Also, there is an interesting fact about this film. When it was first proposed that this film would be released in the United States, the title was for the American version was to be called "The Volcano Monsters" and it was to be written by noted schlock master Ib Melchior, the man behind such B classics as "Reptilicus" and "The Angry Red Planet", and his partner Edwin Watson. The proposed production would have used some of the footage from "Godzilla's Counterattack." The premise for the story was to involve the discovery of a tyrannosaurus (Godzilla) and an ankylosaurus (Angillas) in a cave on a remote island. The two monsters are then brought to San Francisco (the Japanese buildings would have been explained as being San Francisco's Chinatown) and then escape and start to fight all over the city. The ankylosaurus is killed during the battle and the tyrannosaurus is then left to rampage all over the city until it escapes to the Artic Circle where in the climatic battle it is covered in ice and preserved forever.

An interesting note, Melchior used several of the intended plot devices for "The Volcano Monsters" in Reptilicus, including the ending which showed the claw of another monster, which was poking out of the cave where the two monsters were found.


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