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Gojira tai Hedora (1971)

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director:

Yoshimitsu Banno

Writers:

Yoshimitsu Banno, Takeshi Kimura (as Kaoru Mabuchi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi ... Dr. Toru Yano
Toshie Kimura ... Toshie Yano
Hiroyuki Kawase Hiroyuki Kawase ... Ken Yano
Toshio Shiba Toshio Shiba ... Yukio Keuchi
Keiko Mari Keiko Mari ... Miki Fujiyama
Yoshio Yoshida Yoshio Yoshida ... Gohei - a fisherman
Haruo Suzuki Haruo Suzuki ... JSDF Officer
Yoshio Katsube Yoshio Katsube ... JSDF Engineer
Susumu Okabe Susumu Okabe ... Announcer A
Kentaro Watanabe Kentaro Watanabe ... Announcer B
Wataru Ômae Wataru Ômae ... Police Officer
Tadashi Okabe Tadashi Okabe ... Scientist
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô
Takuya Yuki Takuya Yuki ... Correspondent
Eisaburo Komatsu Eisaburo Komatsu ... Non Commissioned Officer
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Storyline

Coming to Earth on a fallen meteorite, The microscopic alien life-form Hedorah feeds on Earth's pollution and grows into a Gigantic, ever Evolving, poisonous Gas and acid-secreting monster. Godzilla, Earth's Defender senses the Threat and Meets ''the Smog Monster'' in a Literal, Battle for Earth's Survival. Written by Thomas ''The Oldschool Hero'' Cianci

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Taglines:

Out of Pollution's Depth's It Slithers! Breathing Poison...Leaving a wake of deadly slime...Destroying all in its path! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the last Godzilla film to be released by American International Pictures (AIP) and dubbed by Titra Productions. The remaining Godzilla films from this decade were released by Downtown Distribution and/or Cinema Shares, and simply used edited versions of Toho's international English prints. See more »

Goofs

When the child notices Godzilla from far away on the roller coaster ride, it is clear that "Godzilla" in this case is just a badly drawn blotch of paint, which also appears to be far too dark for its supposed environment. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Yano: Do you know what a meteor is?
Ken Yano: Sure, it's a falling star that falls to earth.
Dr. Yano: Well, Hedorah (the Smog Monster) attached itself to one of those stars.
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Crazy Credits

Special Effects director Teruyoshi Nakano's name is incorrectly rendered as "Shokei Nakano" in both English versions of the film. Nakano has also been credited as "Akiyoshi Nakano" in other Toho films. See more »

Alternate Versions

At the end of the original Japanese and international English versions, right after the closing shot of Godzilla walking away into the open field, a still of Hokusai's ancient ukiyo-e illustration, "Mt Fuji from the Offing in Kanagawa"/"The Big Wave," which depicts a huge wave about to trample on fragile ships on the waters below (with Mount Fuji in the background), can be seen. This was followed by a title card (against a black background) reading "Soshite mo ippiki?"/"And yet another one?" The film then closes with the same still shot from the film's prologue of Hedorah rising out of the water, with "The End" superimposed. In American International's US version, the scenes were cut out. After Godzilla walks away into the open field, the film simply cuts to a black background, with a superimposed "The End - an American International Release" dissolving in. Then, the film fades out, and you can still hear the rest of Riichiro Manabe's closing music for another 10 to 15 seconds (where the original closing scenes used to be). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Godzilla Vs. Gigan (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Save the Earth
English translation of "Return! The Sun" from AIP's "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster"
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Guy Hemric and Adryan Russ
Sung by Adryan Russ
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Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)
12 August 2017 | by jefuabSee all my reviews

This is a surreal experience and the strangest Godzilla film I've seen... I laughed so hard at this film out of pure enjoyment rather than mockery.

It serves as a warning to children (and, of course, everyone who watches it) of the dangers of long-term pollution. There are amazing scenes highlighting environmental problems that are served in a variety of creative ways.

Godzilla is hilarious in this film.

Do not make the same mistake I did and watch the film with the brightness on half, I actually watched it the first time thinking you weren't supposed to see anything in the night time scenes... turned the brightness up and realised!


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