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