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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

Japan Import DVD has Super-8mm version (Japanese Audio), as a special feature. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes the strings used to manipulate the Minya, Kamacuras and Kumonga marionettes as well as Godzilla's tail are clearly visible. 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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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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Follows Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) See more »

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A Sillier Godzilla
12 May 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

This chapter of the ongoing Godzilla saga is clearly meant to be silly, playful and for children. Not only is Godzilla's menacing look toned own a great deal, but even the music over the opening credits suggests we are in for a fun, joyful romp.

The Columbia TriStar DVD is a bit of a disappointment. While proudly announcing it is the "50th Anniversary" edition, it only really has one feature to offer: the ability to watch in either Japanese or English. So many of the other films in the series have informative commentary from Steve Ryfle or David Kalat, I would have liked to get the same treatment here.

This film also features some of the worst English dubbing in the series, not even trying to match actors' lips or voices. At least they kept the same conversations, so far as I know.


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