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Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)

Kaijû daisensô (original title)
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Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

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Ishirô Honda (as Inoshirô Honda)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Adams ... Astronaut Glenn Amer (as Nikku Adamusu)
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Astronaut K. Fuji
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Dr. Sakurai
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Tetsuo Teri
Kumi Mizuno ... Miss Namikawa
Keiko Sawai Keiko Sawai ... Haruno Fuji
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Controller of Planet X
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Chairman of Earth Committee
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Minister of Defense
Kenzô Tabu Kenzô Tabu ... Commander from Planet X
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... General
Nadao Kirino Nadao Kirino ... Military Aide
Kôji Uno Kôji Uno ... Namikawa's Associate
Tôru Ibuki Tôru Ibuki ... Xian
Kazuo Suzuki Kazuo Suzuki ... Xian
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Storyline

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>

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

29 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of Astro-Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Myojin, Kochi, Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (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 Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (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 Godzilla vs. Hedorah (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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Controller of Planet X: We need an exterminator, one that would drive away King Ghidorah. We need from you Monster Zero 1 and Monster Zero 2, Godzilla and Rodan.
Astronaut K. Fuji: Are you serious?
Controller of Planet X: Of course. Deadly serious. King Ghidorah was driven from Earth only with the combined strengths of Godzilla and Rodan. Would you help us?
Astronaut K. Fuji: Well, your request is quite unusual. We do not know how to answer that.
Glenn: Plus, we did not know where Godzilla and Rodan are. If we did, how are we suppose to catch them and bring them here?
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Alternate Versions

There are some deleted scenes as listed below. A large prop foot of Godzilla was built for close up scenes of him stomping and kicking in houses and huts. In the final print of the movie there are a couple of quick scenes of this but originally there were approx. 6 different scenes of Godzilla's foot kicking in houses and huts that for some reason were cut from the finished film. A shot of Rodan on a hilltop blowing away tanks with his wings was cut for reasons unknown. See more »

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An undervalued gem.
15 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

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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