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Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (original title)
A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Director:

Jun Fukuda

Writers:

Takeshi Kimura (story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû"), Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)
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Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Ishikawa Hiroshi Ishikawa ... Gengo Kotaka
Yuriko Hishimi Yuriko Hishimi ... Tomoko Tomoe
Minoru Takashima Minoru Takashima ... Shosaku Takasugi
Tomoko Umeda Tomoko Umeda ... Machiko Shima
Toshiaki Nishizawa Toshiaki Nishizawa ... Kubota, Head of Children's Land
Zan Fujita Zan Fujita ... Fumio Sudo
Kunio Murai Kunio Murai ... Takashi Shima
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Commander of Defense Forces
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura ... Priest
Kuniko Ashihara Kuniko Ashihara ... Fumio's Mother ,Middle-Aged Woman
Akio Murata Akio Murata ... Editor of Comics Magazine
Noritake Saito Noritake Saito ... Henchman
Yasuhiko Saijô Yasuhiko Saijô ... Henchman
Naoya Kusakawa Naoya Kusakawa ... Henchman
Wataru Ômae Wataru Ômae ... Henchman
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Storyline

Aliens from space plan to conquer the world using space monsters Gigan and King Ghidrah, which they control from their secret headquarters inside the head of the Godzilla-replica building at a theme park. The only thing that can stop them is the combined efforts of Godzilla and Anguirus. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla on Monster Island See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,413,078
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Even though Ghidorah was "killed" in Destroy All Monsters (1968), his appearance in this film is explained by pointing out that the events of that film took place in the future date of 1999 while this film took place in the then present year of 1972. See more »

Goofs

As Gigan steps on a car while ravaging across town, the front bumper and grill pop off the car, revealing that no engine is inside the plastic hood. See more »

Quotes

Kubota, Head of Children's Land: Chairman. Godzilla has just arrived.
Fumio Sudo: His appearance is a necessary part of the plan. We have to attract him here, and then we can kill him.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits of the Japanese version, colorful lasers shoot from different directions, and pop up into strips within which each credit appears in white text. In the English versions, only the sound FX of the lasers are heard (standard text credits were used). See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1977, Cinema Shares released Toho's international English-dubbed print in the US under the title "Godzilla on Monster Island". This film featured a different title card and credits sequence (but using the same footage underneath). Cinema Shares also censored some language (muting the word "bitch") and trimmed three shots of Godzilla and Angilas bleeding. Also, Godzilla's shooting his radioactive breath into the camera (originally segueing into the main title card) is shown again in hi-speed motion before the film's "The End" title card. See more »

Connections

Follows Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Gojira Mâchi
("Godzilla March")
Music by Kunio Miyauchi
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa and Jun Fukuda
Performed by Susumu Ishikawa & The Toho Kids' Chorus Group
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Pleasingly surreal, decently action-packed, but a bit flawed nonetheless
27 March 2001 | by vknSee all my reviews

Second only to Godzilla vs Hedorah in terms of weirdness, this Goji flick sees a bunch of aliens trying to conquer the earth using a children's theme park as their base. No, seriously. The bizarre theme of the film also shows in several other ways. The human characters are a bit of an oddball crew. No brave explorers, psychics or secret agents this time. Just a budding manga artist (who comes up with monsters and plots so daft not even Toho could take him seriously), his karate champion girlfriend, a funky hippy and some others. The aliens are their usual ludicrous and badly-dressed selves (they wear orange two-pieces with pink shirts underneath. Heaven help us) and their whole earth conquest plan is utterly ridiculous, of course. Something about an answering machine that can summon two monsters from space, probably. Thing is, all the silliness seems right in place this time, as the whole movie doesn't take itself seriously.

Other good points include Anguillas being quite active, music by good ol' Akira Ifukube, and new baddie Gigan, who really is rather groovy.

But for all that, there's plenty to dislike as well. Godzilla himself looks terribly messy in this film. Small bits of rubber are litterally falling off him during the fight. The rubber suit was in pretty poor state, apparently. It ends up looking as if Goji's suffering from kaiju-dandruff of some kind. Then there's the disappointing use of stock footage a go-go, which looks very lazy in some scenes. The scene where Anguillas pops up at Sagami bay and then blatantly -runs away- from the puny millitary without even smashing up one single thing is really shameful (and is probably the reason why Anguillas is often regarded as a bit of a wuss). Finally, the only really serious flaw is that the big battle at the end has a poor structure. Godzilla takes a huge beating for about fifteen whole minutes, then somehow decides that enough is enough and begins to kick back with some help from Anguillas (who did fairly little so far). But just then, after a few good smacks, the two nasty monsters just turn tail and run away. Booh. It's doubly disappointing when you consider that a battle between four monsters, Godzilla and Anguillas on one side, and Gigan and Ghidora on the other, could have been so much more, especially with such cool-looking nasties.

So that leaves a bad aftertaste, but this is still an interestingly strange and silly kaiju movie that should please die-hards of the genre, or people looking for something hilariously odd. Worth watching once, just for it being so loveably off-the-wall, but you can find lots better if you want quality kaiju action.

The pinnacle of freakiness has to be the scenes where Godzilla and Anguillas -talk- to each other. Not only do we hear some utterly ludicrous distorted voices, but both kaiju are also pretty poor conversationalists (especially Anguillas). Wonder what they talk about when there aren't any big, nasty aliens around?


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