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All Monsters Attack (1969)

Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki (original title)
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A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.

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Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomonori Yazaki Tomonori Yazaki ... Ichirô Miki
Hideyo Amamoto ... Shinpei Inami
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Bank Robber Senbayashi
Kazuo Suzuki Kazuo Suzuki ... Bank Robber Okuda
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Kenkichi 'Tack' Miki (Ichiro's Father)
Machiko Naka Machiko Naka ... Ichirô no okâsan
Shigeki Ishida Shigeki Ishida ... The Landlord
Midori Uchiyama Midori Uchiyama ... Minira (voice)
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Detective
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Assistant Detective
Yutaka Sada ... Train engineer
Yutaka Nakayama Yutaka Nakayama ... Guy Painting Billboard
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Bartender
Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
'Little Man' Machan 'Little Man' Machan ... Minira
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Storyline

Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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See: Prehistoric Monsters Crawl Out of the Hidden Dephs of the Earth and Take Revenge Against the Living!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eiji Tsuburaya was so busy with his company, Tsuburaya Productions, during the production of this film that Ishirô Honda had to take over the effects direction, which resulted in limited special effects work and stock footage. Tsuburaya did not work on the film at all, aside from the stock footage, but is credited out of respect. See more »

Goofs

When the monster Gabara is flung into the air and flips over, the effect was done by rotating the entire camera, thus the clouds and the background are spinning together with him. See more »

Quotes

Minya: How do you like that, weirdo!
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Alternate Versions

The opening song (the surf punk type song) in the US version is an instrumental piece composed by Ervin Jereb, while in the Japanese version, it is a march sung by Lily Sasaki. See more »


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March of the Monsters
Performed by Crown Records
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not recommended
29 September 2007 | by winner55See all my reviews

This is really two films.

One film is a kid's visit to Monster Island, where he witnesses a compilation of fight scenes from "Son of Godzilla" and "G. Vs. the Sea Monster". Some of this footage looks like out-take or alternate take material; the whole Gabara episode may well have been intended for "Son of" and excised, in the way that "Frankenstein Conquers the World" was to include a fight with a giant squid, some footage of which finding its way into "King Kong Vs. Godzilla".

The second film is a story of a young boy of the working class in an overly-industrialized modern Japan, neglected by his parents, bullied in school, who finds himself kidnapped by a gang of bank robbers and has to learn courage and wit in order to deal with his situation.

The first film is notorious as a "stock-footage" fiasco with a talking monster. The edits only make evident weaknesses in the original material.

The second film is staggeringly depressing. When I first saw this, I wasn't sure how to respond, because certainly I wasn't looking for a grim expose of industrialized Japan. But the first episodes of this storyline, with its backdrop of empty lots and factory smokestacks billowing in the background, add up to a truly unpleasant experience.

Finally, at the center of all this is one of the more annoying child actors of the period. Hard to identify with, and easy to wish away, I feel no sympathy with him at all as an individual, only as representative of the thousands of neglected children like him.

It should be noted that the stock-footage here was filmed by the 'other Godzilla director', Jun Fukuda - so why does Ishiro Honda use it, why not use his own Godzilla material? A real enigma of a film, part overly serious tragicomedy, part self-lacerating rip-off.

Obviously not recommended except for Godzilla completists.


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