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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>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Godzilla (1954) became such a huge hit that Toho produced this sequel and got it into theaters, despite the numerous special effects scenes required, in less than six months after the original film was released. See more »

Goofs

When Godzilla smashes the lighthouse with his tail, in the close up of his tail doing that, the model is much smaller than the one in the wide shot after he has smashed it. 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 »

Connections

Followed by Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) See more »

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Classic Japanese monster film
9 January 2002 | by Splatterdome-AMHSee all my reviews

The Two pilots Kobayashi and Tsukioka must land on a remote Pacific Island and become witnesses of the fight between two giant monsters. After the battle, they both disappear into the ocean. Tsukioka informs scientists (including Dr. Yamane from the first "Godzilla" film) and the army about Godzilla and an unknown monster that looks like a prehistoric Ankylosaurus. The new monster therefor is named Angilas. Meanwhile, some bandits escape near Osaka and cause a car crash that is followed by large explosions. The fire attracts Godzilla to Osaka. The Japanese army tries to stop the monster using tanks, missiles and the air force. Then Angilas shows up too! The two monsters fight each other in the middle of the city in a brutal battle which is won by Godzilla. In order to stop him, the Osaka Defense Corps (and the two friends Kobayashi and Tsukioka) follow Godzilla to a snowy island near Hokkaido in northern Japan. Many pilots die in the final battle against the monster, as the army tries to cause an avalanche to bury Godzilla...

This is the little-known second film of the legendary Japanese Godzilla series, and the last that was filmed in black & white. It lacks, of course, most of the metaphoric meaning the first film had and is just a very entertaining, classic monster movie. The beautiful music score was composed by Masaru Satô, the favourite composer of Akira Kurosawa. It sounds a bit like a softer version of Akira Ifukube's great theme music for the first film. Like in the first "Godzilla", the black & white photography adds to the plausibility of the special effects, therefor they work really good most of the time. Probably the biggest problem with the effects is that the monsters move by far too fast in their fight scenes. But fortunately "Gojira no gyakushû" was the only Japanese monster movie ever to use this technique. Please note that this commentary is based on the original, uncut Japanese version of the film which really is the ONLY way to see it!! The American version is badly dubbed, has half of the movie cut out, inserts new scenes that don't make ANY sense, and has special effects footage stolen from other movies... it's just total crap. Everybody who is interested in seeing this film should look for the Japanese version, it's definitely worth the effort. Unfortunately, it is probably very hard to find. Despite the success of the film in Japan, the next "Godzilla" movie was not made for seven years.


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