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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.

Director:

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

Unusually, in the course of his tenure as Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima only played the monster in this film for the water scenes (using the "Daisenso-Goji"/"Nankai-Goji" suit), as a taller actor was needed for the majority of the film to make Godzilla seem even bigger than his son Minilla (thus the new "Musuko-Goji" suit). Tall actor/baseball player Seiji Onaka played the role of Godzilla, but after doing a quarter of his scenes, he had an accident while playing baseball during filming, breaking two fingers. After Onaka bowed out, Nakajima's protege Yû Sekita carried the rest of the role (besides being a good fit for the Godzilla suit). See more »

Goofs

Black vertical connection lines are clearly visible on the sky backdrop in every shot during the monster scenes. See more »

Quotes

Fujisaki: [referring to Goro's refusal to leave] Do you still insist?
Goro Maki: Yes.
Dr. Kusumi: We don't need any publicity.
Goro Maki: Who said I was doing this for your publicity? I'm working for myself. The smell of a story...
Fujisaki: The smell of a story?
Goro Maki: Yes. The smell of a story attracts me. The readers will decide whether to read it or not. I report what I see.
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Alternate Versions

USA DVD is uncut, featuring the original opening listed above. It is also letterboxed and features the original Japanese language Track with Optional Subtitles (with the original names intact). See more »

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A pleasant surprise
11 May 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Wow! I expected something along the lines of GODZILLA'S REVENGE, what I got instead was a pretty exciting giant monster film. Sure Minya does make for a few cutesy moments but I didn't feel these were overdone as badly as they could have been. Plus I thought the ending embrace was quite moving..of course it does work to take some of the hard edge off of Godzilla so some may hate it for that. I'd recommend this one mostly to older kids who love science fiction adventure stories and who won't be frightened by all the cool-looking giant insect critters. Too bad Minya and Godzilla look so thoroughly silly and goofy in comparison.


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