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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 13 September 1965 (USA)
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After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

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Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Princess 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 Kenji Sahara ... Editor in Chief Kanamaki
Susumu Kurobe ... Moustachoied Assassin
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Storyline

A princess from a small Himalayan country becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian (a Martian in the American version) and escapes a plane just as it explodes. As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet's destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well. Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting each other and to team up to fight the new monster. At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1971 reissue) | (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie to feature King Ghidorah, who would later go on to be Toho's main villain monster, fighting both Godzilla and Mothra as well as making appearances on Japanese television. See more »

Goofs

When Rodan flies out of Mt. Aso, you hear Godzilla's roar instead of Rodan's, and also a small clip of the sound King Ghidorah makes. Later, when he confronts Godzilla, he screeches in Godzilla's voice again. See more »

Quotes

[translated version]
[the police are puzzled how the princess could've survived an exploding airplane, but an expert has an opinion]
Alien Expert: Yes, it is possible for someone to be saved from an exploding aircraft. If we understand the curvature of space, we know that the continuum surrounding any spherical body such as our world is composed of different dimensions. The force of the explosion created a gap between these dimensions, and fortunately for her, she fell into it.
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Alternate Versions

In the Japanese version, Shindo fires back at Malmess and his thugs in Princess Salno's hotel room. However, the American version deletes Shindo's return of fire. See more »

Connections

Followed by Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) See more »

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San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen: One of the best Toho films
17 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

When a world ending three headed monster by the name of Ghidorah arrives on earth chaos ensues!

Godzilla, Rodan & Mothra are all on the scene but fighting one another. Can Mothra and the martians convince them to work together to fight this seemingly unstoppable force?

So once again we have the grade A cheese, men in monster suits, stop motion animation, ridiculous fight scenes and terrible acting. And yet somehow/someway this is actually the best Toho film I've seen.

It suffers with all the usual tropes and arguably the plot is even worse than usual but it works and makes for a fun monster epic.

The Godzilla films are certainly niche and not for everyone but this is a fun little effort.

The Good:

By this point it's actually starting to feel like a franchise

Builds up to a solid climax

The Bad:

Opening is really daft

Some of the outfits are embarassingly bad

Plot is a tad confuddled

Godzilla moves like a teletubby

Franchise is getting goofy

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The mini martian ladies are growing on me

Mid battle giant monsters often enjoy games of catch with boulders


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