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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

A pollution monster named Hedorah comes from outer space. First it terrorizes sea, then it goes on land where it encounters the big G. After it's after the fight with Godzilla it retreats, only to reappear again in a flying form, it's starts to kill people. Then it takes on it's final form, that's when the Big G comes and the battle that decides the fate of the world begins. Written by Spaceroach

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Our environment is doomed! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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

One commonly misreported "fact" about the film stated that Hedorah's suit actor Kenpachirô Satsuma suffered from appendicitis during shooting, and had to undergo surgery while still inside his monster costume. In reality, his symptoms only got bad after filming had already wrapped and he was doing an interview for a magazine, while wearing the suit. He was taken to a hospital following the interview, and was not treated on set. One part of the story that is true is that his body was resistant against pain-killers. Even after being sedated, Satsuma had felt the pain of the surgery. 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: 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

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

There are two different English versions of this movie. The first is titled "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" and was dubbed by an uncredited Hong Kong company for Toho. It's unedited from the original Japanese film, and notably all songs were left in Japanese. This version, often called an international or export version by fans, went unreleased in the United States until January 1996 when it was first broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. It's since become the only version available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. The second English version is titled "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster." This version was produced by Salvatore Billitteri for American International Pictures and released in the United States in 1972. Despite an extant English version, AIP opted to have the film re-dubbed in New York at Titan Productions, Inc. The Japanese-language song featured in the Japanese and international version is translated and replaced by an English version, "Save the Earth," written by Guy Hemric and Adryan Russ and sung by Russ. This American version of the movie was removed from circulation in the mid-'90s when Toho regained control of the film from Orion, which had previously purchased the AIP film library. See more »

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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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A Retro Godzilla Film.
20 June 2001 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

When the Godzilla series entered the 1970s, a retro and hippie feeling could be seen in this movie. This film starts off with a singer, played by Keiko Mari, singing a song titled "Save the Earth." Like 1964's Godzilla vs. Mothra, this film delivers a message of environmental danger. The story's about heavy pollution problems occurring in Japan. When an alien spore from outer space enters Earth and lands on a pile of toxic waste in the sea, a towering monster of sludge, crap, smog, and goo attacks Japan. This is the first Godzilla (Gojira) film in many years that depicts numerous human casualties. Scenes of humans deforming are a gruesome sight and echo elements in the original Gojira film. Like a viewer said, the fish tank scene is a similar scene of the fish tank in the original Gojira film.

The central character in this movie is a boy, played by Hiroyuki Kawase, who idolizes Godzilla. Godzilla, by this time, is portrayed as a "defender of Earth," rather than a destructive force. Mostly, there are no hints of fears from the people upon Godzilla's appearances. The line "Get'em Godzilla!" is a real charmer, making the monster look more and more like a hero and defender of Japan.

Yoshimitsu Banno did a good job directing and assembling the cast out, staging them in places like nightclubs, hills and amusement parks. The retro feel could be seen in the nightclub scene, where the singer sings the title song as blobs of retro paint move in a movie screen behind her. Also, the scene of the teenagers "celebrating" on a hill like a woodstock is also a retro feel.

Takeshi Kimura gave us a dark and scientific story, but some lighthearted scenes can be seen, like the scene where Godzilla flies (I think this is the only time we see Godzilla fly). Teruyoshi Nakano's special effects were believable; plenty of monster battles, albeit slow in some parts. Some of the problems I have with the monster battles is the part where Godzilla and Hedorah virtually move towards each other, staring at each other for several minutes. The movie's cinematography lacks a little spirit and color, making this movie look a little dull, and the overall momentum of the film was a little slow. And, this film lacks an effective music score. The music is not really harmonic or melodic and lacks charm to it. Riichiro Manabe composed a theme for Godzilla-a theme played by overblown trumpets. Though somewhat wacky, this theme sounds heroic for Godzilla.

Overall, a somewhat slow but an interesting Godzilla movie, returning you to the darker and more serious themes of the series.

Grade C+


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