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>
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 »
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 »
[the police are puzzled how the princess could've survived an exploding airplane, but an expert has an opinion]
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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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 »
San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen: One of the best Toho films
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.
By this point it's actually starting to feel like a franchise
Builds up to a solid climax
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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