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Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Kaijû sôshingeki (original title)
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Ishirô Honda, Takeshi Kimura (as Kaoru Mabuchi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Dr. Yoshido
Yukiko Kobayashi Yukiko Kobayashi ... Kyoko Manabe
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Dr. Otani
Kyôko Ai Kyôko Ai ... Kilaak Queen
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Dr. Stevenson
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Ogata
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... General
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Commander Nishikawa
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Major Tada
Yoshio Katsuda Yoshio Katsuda ... Young Scientist
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Engineer (as Henry Okawa)
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Old Farmer
Yutaka Sada ... Police Officer
Hiroshi Okada Hiroshi Okada ... Doctor at hospital
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Storyline

Aliens have released all the giant monsters from their imprisonment on Monster Land and are using them to destroy all major cities on the planet. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the aliens' headquarters before the Earth monsters and King Ghidrah annihilate the planet. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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monster | alien | island | rodan | godzilla | See All (35) »

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Monsters of mass destruction. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroy All Monsters See more »

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Budget:

JPY 200,000,000 (estimated)
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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:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In both the Japanese and U.S versions Gorosaurus is accidentally called Baragon when he is attacking France. Baragon was supposed to do that scene. In fact Gorosaurus was given Baragon's roar and was burrowing underground, which is an ability Baragon has, not Gorosaurus! As well in Japan, a painted children's record book based on the movie features Baragon destroying France. The reason for the mix up is that the Baragon costume was on loan to TSUBURAYA Productions to be redressed as various ULTRAMAN monsters and wasn't ready in time for filming. So, Gorosaurus was substituted for that scene. See more »

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When Godzilla attacks Tokyo and is being shelled, a building is hit and its side blown off. Windows warp, but remain in place, revealing they were plastic. See more »

Quotes

News Reader: The major cities of the world are being destroyed, one-by-one by the monsters: Moscow by Rodan, Peking by Mothra, London by Manda, Paris by Baragon. And, here's a special news bulletin. Godzilla is now in New York City. The city is being invaded by Godzilla!
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In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effect director Sademasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa." See more »

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Simply tremendous fun,possibly the essential Japanese monster movie
22 March 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Destroy All Monsters is one of the most sheerly entertaining Godzilla movies. The story,if derivative of Monster Zero,is large-scale and exciting {although the alien invasion idea would soon be done to death},the action is non-stop and the film features almost all the monsters from Toho films made up to that time. There is mass destruction,lazer gun shoot-outs,lots of barmy but cool ideas such as Monster Island,a place where all Earth's monsters are kept by scientists-how can the movie not be terrific entertainment?

There are a few flaws with the film which may not have been present if the Toho of 1964 had made it rather than the Toho of 1968. Although the story has the entire world threatened and several of Earth's cities destroyed,the budget did obviously not extend to allowing much of a depiction of this,bar some brief,unconvincing scenes. Also,a few of the monsters are only briefly shown,such as Varan {The Unbelievable},who appears only in two blink-and -you're-miss-them shots {the suit had been ruined and there was not enough money to buy a new one}. The film may therefore have actually been better with less monsters. However,criticisms of dullness are ridiculous,the film is constant action,which makes up for the lack of interesting human characters,and amazingly,the film is taken more seriously than many of the other Godzilla films,almost achieving the perfection of tone of Godzilla Vs Mothra. Of course,there are a few wonderfully stupid moments,like the sequence of our heroes severing a control device with a lazer which helariously goes on for ages. A shame the final Earth monsters vs Ghidorah fight is too short,but than Ghidorah did not really stand a chance!

Terrific fun,though,with a wonderful Akira Ifikube score featuring two of the most memorable kaiju themes! Not the best Godzilla film,but probably the most essential one to see!


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