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.
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Did You Know?
Director Ishirô Honda
intended the movie to have a somber ending, but had to add a more cheerful final sequence in which Ichiro goes to play with his friends. When the movie was re-released on home video during the 80s, Honda removed this scene, so the movie ends with Ichiro's mother crying due to not being able to spend more time with her son. See more
When Ichiro takes his radio out of the cupboard, there is a Godzilla toy facing the camera. In the next shot, the toy has switched positions. See more
How do you like that, weirdo!
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
March of the Monsters
Performed by Crown Records
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