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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroy All Monsters See more »

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Box Office

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

The Manda puppet is the same one used in Atragon (1963). However, a new head was designed for it minus the horns due to the fact that the old one looked too similar to King Ghidorah's. See more »

Goofs

When Ghidorah fires his rays at Rodan and Mothra, Mothra is knocked into the air by the ensuing explosions, then stops in the air for a moment, and suddenly continues flying up again. See more »

Quotes

General: I didn't think Tokyo would escape this terror, but Rodan, Godzilla and Manda are all here at the same time.
Major Tada: That's correct. New York, London, Moscow - they were all very unlucky.
Announcer: Emergency! Emergency! Mothra is now in District Number 5.
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Crazy Credits

In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effect director Sademasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa." See more »

Alternate Versions

A Toho Video documentary released in the 1980s contained several unused and deleted takes from this film. The majority of this footage consists of alternate takes of finished scenes, such as the raids on Moscow and Paris by Rodan and Gorosaurus (respectively). Toho also filmed much more footage of the UN's defense of Tokyo, including a number of shots of missile launchers being deployed from the roofs of skyscrapers. The most notable unused shot in this feature has Godzilla thrashing the monster Manda against several Tokyo buildings. According to Haruo Nakajima, this was an impromptu act at the end of a take. This was likely removed from the finished film as both monsters were under Kilaak control and shouldn't have been fighting. See more »

Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Destroy All Monsters (1968) (1981) See more »

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the ultimate Japanese monster fest
7 March 2005 | by ricmarc2001See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film at an all day monster fest at the Elco Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana in 1969.

It still stands as the number one Japanese monster movie of all time in my opinion. After viewing it again after all these years it still can't be beat for ingenuity and all out good fun.

This film has it all, monsters, aliens, typical Japanese special effects of the era, and a plot that will tickle your fancy and leave you begging for more.

This film is the culmination of all the Japanese horror flicks of the time.

All of your major Japanese monsters are here, plus a few you might not have heard of.

The alien angle is a plus, it gives the film an angle that supersedes the usual claptrap of the period.

I recommend this film highly, it ranks right up there with Godzilla and Mothra.


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