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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 ... 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:

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. Hedorah See more »

Filming Locations:

Mt. Fuji, Japan

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

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 »

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

Followed by Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) 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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SMOG does look like Trash beast
20 June 1999 | by Bulldog-5See all my reviews

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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