Aliens from the mysterious Planet X, which resides on the dark side of of Jupiter, come to Earth asking its people to help them save their world from the dreaded King Ghidrah by letting them "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan. The aliens are actually planning to use the three monsters to take over our planet.Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
The new Godzilla suit made for this film, called the "Daisenso-Goji," possessed a somewhat friendlier look than the more menacing previous suit, the "Mosu-Goji" (first used in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)), considering that the previous film, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), was the beginning of Godzilla's "hero" status (albeit still a reluctant antihero). This suit would "star" in only one more Godzilla film, 1966's Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), during filming of which Tsuburaya Productions took the head of the suit and fastened it to the body of the Mosu-Goji suit for use as the monster Jirass in the TV show Urutoraman: Kûsô tokusatsu shirîzu (1966). In that event, a new head had to be made for the headless Daisenso-Goji suit in short order, creating a strangely bug-eyed stare with an elevated eyebrow line (thus becoming the "Nankai-Goji"). Since then, the Nankai-Goji suit would be a stunt/water suit for all subsequent Godzilla films up to its final appearance in Gojira tai Hedora (1971) in 1971. (In that film, apart from the water scenes, this suit was used for the scene where Godzilla was being covered in sludge by the monster Hedorah.) See more »
The American version misspelled director Ishirô Honda's name in the opening credits. Instead of Ishiro the American version credited him as Inoshiro Honda. See more »
[both Glenn and Tetsuo pop up out of the water]
Well, what are we going to do now?
Well, we sure ain't gonna wait for the next ferry. Swim!
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The American version of the film changes Tetsuo's name from Tetsuo Torii to Tetsui Terry. See more »
A lot of 'professional' film critics seem to have an irrational dislike of Godzilla films. True, the special effects in them aren't usually fantastic but they're certainly a lot better than many 60's western dinosaur films which just rely on lizards with fins and spikes blu-tacked to them.
This film, for example, is an excellent piece of sci-fi, imaginative, well-paced and containing genuine characters and interesting monsters. An alien race want to borrow Godzilla and Rodan to stop Ghidorah attacking their home planet, but it soon turns out they are not as friendly as they seem.
One of the best Godzilla films I've seen, a true classic from the golden age of monster movies.
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