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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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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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godzilla | gigan | alien | monster | kaiju | See All (53) »

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Space Monsters War With Godzilla For The Earth! See more »


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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company,Toho Eizo Co. See more »
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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

Commander of Defense Forces: Two monsters... One of them is Ghidorah. The other one is new. A completely new sound.
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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

For the scenes of Godzilla and Angilas talking to each other, word balloons are used in the Japanese version, but Toho's international English version (used for Cinema Shares' edited US print titled "Godzilla on Monster Island"), uses actual English dialouge. See more »

Connections

Follows Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (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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70s Godzilla-juvenile,cheap,sometimes shoddy,and FUN!
19 April 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

After the interesting but none too successful experiments Godzilla's Revenge and Godzilla Vs Hedorah,Toho made this film,which sometimes feels like an attempt to make a 60s Monster Zero-type film on a fraction of the budget. Obviously,it's not a good film in the traditional sense,but all the 70s Godzilla films,despite their childishness,cheapness,shoddy effects work,samey plots,and 'wacky' ideas {in this one ,Godzilla and his mate Angilas TALK to each other in the non-Japanese version,whilst the Japanese version has speech bubbles instead!}etc,are fun to watch,and Godzilla Vs Gigan is no exception.

The plot is the aliens-out-to-conquer-Earth-by-controlling-monsters one already used in Monster Zero and Destroy All Monsters and it would be used a few more times,but here it is reasonably successful,with some fairly intriguing ideas {though often badly done}and unusual human characters,although their constant in-and-out of the Godzilla Tower,the alien's base,becomes a bit tiresome. When the monsters show up,we have probably the longest battle in a Godzilla film,and one of the funniest,too,as Godzilla and Angilas engage in a tag team duel with the evil Ghidorah and Gigan. Sadly the movie is badly let down by excessive stock footage from previous films {Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster,Monster Zero,Son Of Godzilla,Destroy All Monster and probably a couple of others too!}. At least in Godzilla's Revenge the stock footage had a sort of context,here,it jars with the new footage. The worst bit for this is the lengthy destruction scene,where new,night time footage of a tattered,slow moving Ghidorah who can barely move, is intercut with older,daytime footage of Ghidorah,showing a fast-moving dragon in action.

Somehow all this adds to the film's quirky charm,a sometimes good,occasionally awful,entry in the series. The soundtrack is one of the best,it's all Akira Ifikube stock music,much of it from Godzilla films,but it has many of the great Ifikube tracks and a wonderfully rousing title theme.


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