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Son of Godzilla (1967)

Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko (original title)
Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.

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Jun Fukuda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima Tadao Takashima ... Dr. Kusumi
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Goro Maki
Beverly Maeda Beverly Maeda ... Riko (Saeko) Matsumiya (as Bibari Maeda)
Akihiko Hirata ... Fujisaki
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Furukawa
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Morio
Ken'ichirô Maruyama Ken'ichirô Maruyama ... Ozawa
Seishirô Kuno Seishirô Kuno ... Tashiro
Yasuhiko Saijô Yasuhiko Saijô ... Suzuki
Susumu Kurobe ... Navigator
Kazuo Suzuki Kazuo Suzuki ... Pilot
Wataru Ômae Wataru Ômae ... Radio Operator
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Surveyor
Osman Yusuf ... Submarine Captain
Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
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Storyline

A group of scientists are on tropical Solgel Island in the Pacific to conduct weather control experiments. Just before they begin, they find giant preying mantises measuring 25 feet tall called Kamakaras. They decide to go ahead with the experiments, but a malfunction in one of the devices and as a result a radioactive storm that pushes the temperature up to two hundred degrees. The storm also causes the mantises to grow even bigger to 100 feet tall. The mantises then make their way to a huge mound where they uncover a giant egg which contains a young Godzilla, later named Minilla. Eventually, Godzilla shows up and saves his offspring. The rest of the movie features Godzilla taking care of and teaching his young son the skills that will eventually help him to become the new "King of Monsters" as well as fighting the Kamakaras and a giant spider named Kumoga. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Ever see a monster hatch from a monster egg? You will! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sci-fi monster violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Godzilla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,625,778
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time Godzilla does not travel to any civilized land. The first time was in "Godzilla vs the Sea Monster." See more »

Goofs

When Riko throws the fruit into Minilla's mouth, the fruit is obviously transparent hand-drawn animation. See more »

Quotes

Goro Maki: [Godzilla and Minya are close by] Riko, I think they spotted us.
Riko Matsumiya: No, it appears to be teaching its son.
Goro Maki: Teaching its son?
[Riko nods]
Goro Maki: It's teaching its son all right. And, he's teaching its son just like people teaching its children, just like a papa.
Riko Matsumiya: Well, it is a papa, isn't it?
Goro Maki: Well sure, but I wouldn't want one like that.
Riko Matsumiya: Nor I, everything's relative I guess.
Goro Maki: You're right.
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Connections

Followed by Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) See more »

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Meet Godzilla, Jr.
4 April 2011 | by Josh DownhamSee all my reviews

Despite being enjoyable films, the last two Godzilla installments had not matched the success of Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964) and had fallen below expectations at the box office. In an effort to boost audience attendance, Toho Studios made the decision to soften the king of the monsters and give him a cute baby son. The first Godzilla film to be geared directly towards children, Son of Godzilla (1967) is harmless fun and sweet - the cinematic equivalent of a gum drop. Alas, the film proved to be the most poorly attended Godzilla film yet. Either Toho's kiddie approach had backfired or the film just couldn't compete with the rising popularity of television.

Son of Godzilla (1967) shouldn't be the first Godzilla movie you see, or even the second or third. With the Godzilla suit from Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965) torn and frayed, a new one was constructed. Unfortunately, it is one of the most poorly designed suits in the series - bulky legs, large doll-like eyes, and a toad's head. However, it is arguably better than the one audiences would behold six years later in Godzilla vs. Megalon. If you have small children and want to introduce them to kaiju films, I recommend Son of Godzilla.


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