A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg. It's soon claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Soon Godzilla arises near Nagoya, washed ashore by the same typhoon.
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
There are differing accounts on who came up with the movie's anti-pollution message and dark imagery. Director Yoshimitsu Banno says it was him, as he wanted to make the Godzilla series relevant again by inserting social commentary into the story. Special-effects director Teruyoshi Nakano on the other hand claimed that Banno was trying to make the movie appeal to kids, and that the anti-pollution message and the darker scenes were his ideas. See more »
When Hedorah throws some sludge at Godzilla's eye in the Mt. Fuji scene, it hit's Godzilla right eye, but after Hedorah gets done laughing, Godzilla's left eye is the one that is damaged. See more »
On the original Japanese trailer, the director's name is given as "Yoshimitsu Sakano." In the Japanese version, as well as in Toho's own English version, he is credited as "Yoshimitsu Banno." The American International release credits him as "Yoshimitu Banno." 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 »
I saw this movie a long time ago with my family at the drive in. I was so young then, I would like any type of monster no matter how cheezy. Well, today I guess I am almost the same. I liked this movie. The save the earth song sort of drove me up the walls, but the nasty trashy lakes and streams seem to hit home as far as what our world looks like for real today. Anyway, back to the action. I loved the silly looking Smog beast that was a mess. I thought a very funny part was when Godzilla somehow began flying backwards, I really didn't get this part, but it was fun. I like Godzilla, sci fi, B horror, G horror, it does not matter. I would recommend this to any Godzilla crazed fan that have not seen it. I also would really like to recommend two more good giant beast movies: War of the Gargantuas and also Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. I really enjoyed the green Gargantua in the first one( if you see this one just take a close look at the Green one's face-He is awful ugly like a beast should be), and I liked the camera work in the second movie. It was really high tech and should both of them hit DVD ever, I will be getting them both. Well make that all three including Godzilla vs the Smog Monster...........
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