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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Gojira tai Hedora (original title)
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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Creature of Slime and Sludge Spawned by Pollution's Poison Threatens to Destroy the Earth! 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 »

Filming Locations:

Mt. Fuji, Japan

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A sequel, set in Africa, was planned. However, G-series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who had been hospitalized during the film's production, was enraged by the film once he saw it, telling director Yoshimitsu Banno that he had ruined the Godzilla series. Tanaka immediately ordered the filming of a more conventional Godzilla movie (Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)). Thus, the "Smog" sequel was never made. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Yano and Yukio are discussing going to rescue Ken, fish can be seen swimming in the aquarium behind them even though all the fish in it were destroyed by the acid mist a few minutes earlier. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Yano: In each creature there's a weakness.
Ken Yano: Hedorah's only sludge... he can be dried.
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Crazy Credits

In AIP's American version of the film, the entire cast is mysteriously uncredited. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two distinct versions of American International's "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster." The first, presumably the original 35mm theatrical version, features an English language cartoon sequence (reworked from a similar Japanese one in the original film). A similar insert replaces a shot of a newsreader with an English language map of Fuji. Furthermore, AIP removed all Japanese text from the scenes of various "science lessons" given by Dr. Yano. This is the version released on video and Laserdisc by Orion Home Video in 1989. The second version has none of these unique shots. The Hedorah cartoon and newsreader shot are unchanged from the Japanese version and Dr. Yano's science lessons feature onscreen Japanese text. This version seems to have been the standard 16mm release for television and can be seen in unlicensed copies of the film such as the 1990 Simitar VHS release and the Canadian DVD release by Digital Disc. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hedora wo yattsukero!
("Beat Hedorah!")
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Kôichi Sugiyama
Arrangement by Hiroshi Takada
Sung by Keiko Mari, the Honey Knights and the Moon Drops
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Godzilla: Environmentalist. Not great, but still my favorite Godzilla flick
22 February 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Godzilla vs Hedora (AKA The Smog Monster) is less slick than many of the later productions. It is also somewhat less serious, and features a Godzilla who is more mythic than consistent with his earlier and later portrayals. The Godzilla in this film is a force of nature in more than just a figurative sense. She is also highly intelligent and a defender of the earth and, to some extent, its people.

Even from the title, its easy enough to figure out what this film is about. Tadpoles mutate because of the mutagenic properties of pollution in Tokyo Bay (interestingly, this somewhat silly idea is far less absurd than most of the latter pseudoscience used in Godzilla scripts - almost as bad as Star Trek Voyager sometimes was). The mutant tadpoles fuse at the cellular level and grow into a giant tadpole which then mutates three or four times, spewing out its own toxic pollutants, first as terrestrial and eventually as air pollution. The visuals are good, but the special effects are admittedly below even Toho's usual standards.

Created in the early 1970s, this film is metaphorical and symbolic, although it is still, at heart, a Godzilla film. Hedora is an unsubtle metaphor for the ecological state of the world, and is, in that sense, a monster of our own making. Godzilla is an embodiment of nature, and is to be viewed as a positive force for all life on earth. These symbols are particularly apparent in the use of cartoons as transitional devices from one plot point to another.

Godzilla Vs Hedora walks a very thin line between giant-monster violence and a kid-oriented film. As somebody who has since his early teens, been interested in the environment and as somebody who always liked Japanese Monster films, I developed a sentimental attachment to this film very early on. In fact, this is my all-time favorite Godzilla film, and more than any other film, it is the reason why I consider myself a fan of the big green lizard. This is the film which establishes Godzilla as an environmentalist and a friend to young people - his two best roles.


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