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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gojira tai Megaro (original title)
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The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

Directors:

Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jun Fukuda, Takeshi Kimura (story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Inventor Goro Ibuki
Hiroyuki Kawase Hiroyuki Kawase ... Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki
Yutaka Hayashi Yutaka Hayashi ... Hiroshi Jinkawa
Robert Dunham Robert Dunham ... Emperor Antonio of Seatopia / Motorcycle assailant
Kôtarô Tomita Kôtarô Tomita ... Lead Seatopian Agent
Ulf Ôtsuki Ulf Ôtsuki ... Seatopian Agent
Gentaro Nakajima Gentaro Nakajima ... Truck Driver (as Gen Nakajima)
Sakyo Mikami Sakyo Mikami ... Truck Driver's Assistant
Fumiyo Ikeda Fumiyo Ikeda ... Man from Unit 1
Kanta Mori Kanta Mori ... Japan Special Defense Forces Chief
Shinji Takagi Shinji Takagi ... Gojira
Hideto Odachi Hideto Odachi ... Megaro
Tsugutoshi Komada Tsugutoshi Komada ... Jetto Jagâ
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Jesser Ralph Jesser ... Antonio's Aide (Radio Operator in White) (as Rolf Jessup)
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Storyline

The underground kingdom of Seatopia sends out Megalon, a giant beetle, and Gigan to destroy the above ground dwellers. In an attempt to stop them, an independently thinking robot brings Godzilla into the fight. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Titan against Titan! Giant against Giant, in the most spectacular battle yet!! See more »


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Trivia

The Megalon suit was incredibly heavy which meant that the scenes where the monster performs several leaps through the air was exceedingly difficult on the special effects crew. Teruyoshi Nakano is said to have been so frustrated with the filming of these scenes that they were nearly cut. The jumps had to be accomplished by several crew members standing in the studio rafters repeatedly hoisting the suit and its actor up and down. It was so difficult inside the suit that actor Hideto Date had to have a loud whistle blown by one of the assistant directors to notify him of when to jump. See more »

Goofs

After having knocked out the Seatopian agent, Jakavin and Rokkuchan run off, leaving the agent at their lab. This makes no sense, they should at least have tried to tie him up or get rid of him through other means. They don't even try to take back the lab. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Antonio of Seatopia: Contact Star Hunter Universe M. Say we need Gigan's help immediately.
Antonio's Aide: Right.
Emperor Antonio of Seatopia: Additionally, notify our people on Easter Island.
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Alternate Versions

The 1976 U.S. Cinema Shares release omits approximately 3 minutes from the original Japanese version in order to get a G rating. The deleted scenes include: the opening credits; a brief shot of young Rokuro being abducted and taken away in a car; several shots of the men in a truck, with pages from nudie magazines hanging behind them; an extended fight scene as Hiroshi escapes from the Seatopian; the truck drivers throwing a man off a cliff; the kidnappers asking "what the hell is that?" and yelling "go to hell!"; several brief shots of blood and violence when the brothers break into their home; and the Commander getting crushed to death by a giant boulder. This is the version that remains available on several cut-price video labels. See more »

Connections

Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: Bio Force Ape (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gojira and Jaguar, Punch Punch Punch!
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Shinichi Sekizawa
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4 for the price of 1 in this genre classic
11 August 2019 | by stevelomas-69401See all my reviews

A tour de force of rubbery monster mayhem in this genre classic. Brilliant turns from Megalon, Jet Jaguar, Gigan and the mighty Godzilla all of which out act the humans. Ignore the storyline and luxuriate in the glory of giant monster action.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Megalon See more »

Filming Locations:

Machida, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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