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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 13 September 1965 (USA)
A princess, targeted for assassination, prophecies the arrival of a powerful space monster. The infant Mothra must convince Godzilla and Rodan to set aside their hatred of humanity or face the space monster alone.


Ishirô Honda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Princess Selina Salno of Sergina
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Tsukamoto
Akihiko Hirata ... Chief Detective Okita
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Malmess, Chief Assassin
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Prime Minister
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Alien Expert
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Honest Fisherman
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Geologist
Kenji Sahara ... Editor in Chief Kanamaki
Susumu Kurobe ... Moustachoied Assassin


A princess who gets controlled by aliens form Venus who assassins are after who a police officer must protect. Mean while Godzilla and rodan returns to wreak some havoc on japan . While that is happening a meteor crashes lands on earth which holds a three headed space dragon king ghidorah . Will Godzilla let the earth be destroyed by king ghidorah or will he help rodan and mothra to save the earth from this three headed dragon Written by harrywubbyluke

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The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!


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Did You Know?


Because of its commercial success from King Kong vs. Godzilla, Toho decided to release another Godzilla film in 1964, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964). The Mosugoji suit, though, needed to go through some repairs. During the filming of Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), the mouth had become wobbly and would not work properly. The head had also caught on fire, which didn't help the suit much. So the head of the Mosugoji suit was replaced by a more sturdier design. "Mosugoji II," as some fans refer to the repaired suit as, also had more mobility than the original Mosugoji. See more »


When King Ghidorah is born, a small segment of the shot is shown twice, making it look like he swung his three heads and two tails around two times in the same manner. See more »


[as Mothra converses with Godzilla and Rodan]
Naoko Shindo: Mothra's talking to them. What do you think she's saying?
Detective Shindo: How would I know? I don't speak monster!
[Everyone turns to the fairies]
Professor Miura: What's she saying?
ShobijinShobijin: She's trying to persuade them, but they're not convinced. "Let's stop fighting each other. Let's join forces and protect the Earth from King Ghidorah."
Naoko Shindo: Do Godzilla and Rodan agree?
ShobijinShobijin: No, they say they don't care. They say it's none of their business.
Professor Miura: Damn them!
Detective Shindo: Those bastards!
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Alternate Versions

In the original version of the film, the meteorite containing Ghidorah crashes into Earth after Princess Salno's plane explodes. However, the American version places Ghidorah's arrival before the plane carrying the Princess explodes. See more »


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Shinichi Sekizawa's masterpiece
30 May 2010 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This is the seventh kaijyu (monster) movie written by Toho's screen writer Shinichi Sekizawa, and the first to portray the monsters in a comical light which would become Toho's style for the following 10 years. The story differs somewhat between the Japanese version and the American version. This commentary is about the Japanese version.

Princess Mars Dourina Salno (Eiko Wakabayashi) of Sergina requests Japanese police to give her protection due to political instability of her country. Detective Shindo (Yosuke Natsuki) is assigned by his boss Okita (Akihiko Hirata) to body guard the princess, but the plane carrying the princess explodes on its way to Japan. Shortly afterward a woman proclaiming to be from Venus appears and prophecies that Rodan and Godzilla will appear in Japan. Thinking that his assignment was over before it got started Shindo goes home, reads about mysterious Venusian woman who's attracting media's attention looks exactly like princess Mars. Convinced that the self proclaimed "Venusian" is princess Mars, he launches his own investigation. His sister Naoko who is a reporter is also on the heel of the Venusian woman. In the mean time a mysterious asteroid falls in the Kurobe area of Japan. Assistant professor Murai (Hiroshi Koizumi) is the team leader that's sent to investigate the asteroid witnesses the asteroid turning into a three headed monster. Naoko finally catches up with the Venusian woman and escorts her to a near by hotel. By this time assassins from Sergina is also on her trail suspecting that the Venusian woman is princess Mars. They converge at the hotel and shooting ensues between the assassins and detective Shindo. Assassins flees and detective Shindo, and Naoko escorts the Venusian to Dr. Tsukamoto's (Takashi Shimura) lab to see if her memories can be revived. In the mean time Rodan and Godzilla is sited and they converge near Mt. Fuji and starts a battle. Vanusian woman tells a story that 5000 years ago Venus was attacked by the monster King Gidora and was turned into a waste land, and that Gidora is now on earth. Mothra is called to Japan to ask Godzilla and Rodan to fight against King Gidora, but the two monsters aren't exactly interested in helping mankind.

The plot of this movie is superbly written with each element supporting the entire flow of the story. Many die hard Godzilla fans might not like the campy flavor of this movie, but so many elements crammed into this movie that runs just over 90 minutes has intricacies and originality never seen in previous Japanese monster movies. This movie by far has the most intricate plot of movies written by Shinichi Sekizawa, but is hidden behind the tong in cheek humor that runs throughout the movie.

In the US released DVD, three men accuses the Venusian woman as "kichigai" (crazy). The broadcast code in Japan has tightened up since this movie was made and this word is no longer allowed to be used in a movie, so the Japanese DVD has this word changed to another dialog, but you will hear it as it was in the US release DVD. Princess Mars' full name Mars, Dourina, Salno is a play on the Japanese phrase "Ma, sudori, nasaruno" (Are you just going to pass me by ?) and is intended to be an injoke.

You'll get much more out of this movie if you catch the details of the movie. It was the first time Gidora was seen on screen. Gidora became a staple of subsequent movies guaranteeing a crowd draw for Toho.

Watch this movie to see if you can catch the details.

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Release Date:

13 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurobe Dam, Toyama, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs


| (1971 reissue) | (English dubbed)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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