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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.

Directors:

Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Takeshi Kimura (story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû"), Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Alien Monsters Threaten to Destroy Mankind! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The original script for this film was entitled "King Ghidorah's Great Counterattack" (Kingu Gidora no Daigyakushû), which featured Godzilla, Rodan and Varan fighting Ghidorah, Gigan, and a new monster named Mogu. It was then reworked into the more appealing "Godzilla Vs. The Space Monsters: The Earth Defense Command" (Gojira tai Uchû Kaijû: Chikyû Bôei Meirei). The script pitted Godzilla, Angilas, and Majin Tuol (a giant stone idol, similar to Daimajin) against King Ghidorah, Gigan, and Megalon, all three recruited by an evil alien brain called Miko. This second script was ultimately reworked into the film it is today. The Godzilla Tower, originally from the script, was part of a world fair amusement park, and was not made for an evil purpose like in the final film (in one scene, Gigan actually mistook it for the real Godzilla!). Megalon finally made his debut in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and Majin Tuol was reworked into King Shisar in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). See more »

Goofs

Due to see-through plastic being used for his eyelids, Anguirus' eyes are still visible when he closes them. See more »

Quotes

Fumio Sudo: [Godzilla Tower was blown up, completely destroying the aliens' base] Where are you? Kubota!
Kubota, Head of Children's Land: [in the form a cockroach, agonized] I'm here. What went wrong?
Fumio Sudo: Why? Why did the machines go wrong?
[his human disguise wears off, revealing a cockroach]
Fumio Sudo: Everything was going so good, doing so well!
[groans in pain as Godzilla Tower explodes, killing all the aliens]
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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 Rodan (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Yuke! Yuke! Gojira
("Go, Go, Godzilla!")
Music by Hiroaki Hagiwara
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Performed by Susumu Ishikawa
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It's not the worst Godziller movie......
24 April 2017 | by CommieHunterSee all my reviews

Why the heck am I still watching Godzilla movies?? This one has the gall to re-use a plot from an old movie. Once again aliens have come to earth and are controlling Gidrah(Ghidorah). But this time there's a twist! The aliens are cockroaches! The roaches have some dirty hippies and a Japanese Bill Hader trying to thwart their plan, which involves blowing up their tower which is made to look like Godzilla for reasons that I never understood. But there are some truly classic moments.Godzilla actually talks and it's hilarious.And speaking of talking, one of the characters says "Godziller". Comedy gold. Gigan smashes a building and the people in it are dolls. Too funny. This is just for fans of Godzilla, most people probably wouldn't enjoy it.


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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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