When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.
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>
Despite widely being considered one of the weakest entries in the Godzilla series, the movie actually received positive reviews by certain American critics upon its initial release in the States, who praised the effects work and the miniatures. In actuality, much of the movie's special effects were rather lazily cobbled together from stock footage taken from earlier films made by Toho Studios. See more »
The doll used to represent Jet Jaguar when he's flying has arms that are way too long for his body, especially when compared to the actor in the Jet Jaguar suit. See more »
[Jet Jaguar is about to ram into an army helicopter, in which Goro attempts to regain control of the robot with his miniature control transmitter]
Inventor Goro Ibuki:
Jet Jaguar, stop!
[Jet Jaguar stops]
Lead Seatopian Agent:
[back in Goro's laboratory, looking on Jet Jaguar's POV camera monitor]
What the hell's happened? He stopped!
Inventor Goro Ibuki:
Get Godzilla! You'll find him on Monster Island!
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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 »
Godzilla and an Ultraman knockoff battle bad Kaiju
This one is strictly for the kids, but it's still fun if you enjoy rubber suited actors destroying miniature sets (which I do). Megalon, a giant beetle from the sea, and Gigan, a praying mantis-like giant monster, are dead set on squishing puny humans. Enter size-shifting robot Jet Jaguar, who enlists the help of Godzilla to battle the two evil Kaiju. Jet Jaguar was the result of a contest Toho held where kids entered their idea for a new superhero and Jet was the winning entry by an elementary age student who was clearly a fan of Ultraman. Considered by many as one of the weakest Godzilla films, this is certainly among the corniest and the most juvenile of the many films, but I'll admit that I was entertained.
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