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Invasion of Astro-Monster (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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Trivia

After its initial U.S. showings, the film was advertised in some venues under the title "Invasion of the Astros," although the actual prints used still carried the "Monster Zero" title. See more »

Goofs

In several shots, the track on which the military vehicles move, along with support beams holding them in place can clearly be seen. In some cases these supports hold the vehicles up so high that their tires don't touch the ground. See more »

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Narrator: The startling announcement touched off demonstrations around the world. Some demonstrators urged capitulation, calling for peace at any price. The majority, however, seemed to favor strong resistance. Opposing factions clashed violently in dozens of world capitals, and police were hard pressed to restore order.
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Alternate Versions

In the American version, Godzilla's victory dance on Planet X included stomping sound effects whenever he landed. In the Japanese version, there are no sound affects except for his roars. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) See more »

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Not enough monster footage,but still a good Godzilla film
11 March 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Monster Zero,to give this film it's most common name,is another quality Godzilla film coming on the heels of the classic Godzilla Vs Mothra and Ghidorah the 3 Headed Monster. The film is a slight notch down from those two,but still a hugely entertaining movie-inventive,exciting and quite spectacular considering it's comparatively low budget.

The film combines the monster battle plots of the previous films with an alien invasion story a la Battle In Outer Space. The idea of aliens controlling monsters to attack Earth would later be done to death in later series entries. The plot here is quite clever and interesting,although the film is a little slow and only really gets going in the final third,which has one of the best destruction scenes of the series {although spot the tiny bit of footage from the films Rodan and Mothra}. Not enough of the monsters is seen in this film,and the two battles are too brief,despite the priceless sight of Godzilla's victory shuffle.

Nevertheless,there is much to enjoy,including Nick Adam's VERY enthusiastic performance and some of his silly but cool dialogue,some very impressive special effects and visuals {one day people will stop saying the effects in these films are poor},and a rather daring alien/human romance that even includes sex, {although you'll have to listen for the reference}. The US version only had minor cuts and music cue alterations,nothing to ruin the film.


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Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

29 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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