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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:

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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:

Tokyo, 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 is the only film in the original Godzilla series in which King Ghidorah is not controlled by aliens. See more »

Goofs

When the assassins' 1960 Mercedes 220 S is crushed by the landslide, it changes to a 1963 Toyopet Tiara for the shot of Malmess extracting himself from the wreck. See more »

Quotes

[translated version]
Detective Shindo: Ahhh, these monsters are as stupid as human beings!
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Alternate Versions

When Rodan first emerges from Mt.Aso there were no people present. The film was re-shot with tourists witnessing Rodan bursting from the base of the volcano. See more »

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One of my personal favorites, it's a must see.
21 February 1999 | by Horror FanSee all my reviews

I loved this one. I especially liked Ifukube's score. This is definitely the best in its original Japanese form. A three headed horror named King Ghidorah from the stars arrives and begins a destruction spree. Ghidora looks definitely the best in this film, the scenes of him flying in and out of Tokyo and demolishing landmarks with his lightning breath look incredible. Mothra (larval) tries to ask Godzilla and Rodan (who are still evil) to help her fight Ghidorah. They refuse until they see King Ghidorah destroy a town and brutally attack poor Mothra and then they leap into action and the battle for Earth begins. This is a great creature feature film, it has everything a creature feature film should: the four most famous monsters, missing princesses, martians, killers, scientists. The effects by Eiji Tsuburaya are dazzling and the Godzilla and King Ghidorah suits look the best they've ever looked while unfortunately Mothra looks like a living poop and Rodan looks like a chicken. I recommend this to kids and adults alike!


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