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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.

Director:

Jun Fukuda

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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Megalon See more »

Filming Locations:

Machida, Tokyo, Japan

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Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally produced in 1973 but was not released in the United States until 1976. A small US distributor, Cinema Shares International, hoped to ride on the popularity of Dino De Laurentiis' highly promoted production King Kong (1976). This became especially apparent in the US poster art, which depicted Godzilla and Megalon battling each other on top of the World Trade Center towers. See more »

Goofs

In one of the closeup shots of Megalon's arm when it is fighting with planes, it is actually the arm of another monster, Gigan, stock-footage from the previous movie, Godzilla vs. Gigan. 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

Follows Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Gojira and Jaguar, Punch Punch Punch!
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Shinichi Sekizawa
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How can a film so shoddy be so much fun?
19 April 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Godzilla Vs Megalon is often regarded by Godzilla fans as the low point of the series. Indeed,in terms of conventional movie making,this is indeed a bad film. Stupid plot,zero characterisation,shoddy effects,awful music,you name it. There's even a brief bit where the actors stand still waiting for 'action'-obviously no one cared to edit this out. However,sometimes a bad film can be fun,and this is a case in point.

The film is so fast moving and action packed it's as if all the so-called 'dull'bits have been edited out. No slow build-up to the monsters here-the human part of the story is a constant series of vehicle chases,fights and kidnaps. The friendly flying robot Jet Jaguar has such a goofy charm that can't really dislike him,despite the shameless pandering to small kids,and Megalon and the previously seen Gigan really make a surreal pair of evil monsters. As with Godzilla Vs Gigan,the film is rife with footage from previous Godzilla films,but you have to almost admire the nerve in scenes like Megalon's attack on Tokyo,where all the exploding buildings are from the Ghidorah attack sequence in Ghidorah the Three Monster,the filmmakers almost getting away with it because Ghidorah's ray looks a bit like Megalon's. Oddly enough,the uncut version {many versions are badly cut} is surprisingly violent considering the target audience.

The phrase "so bad it's good"was made for this movie. Badly made in every way,and with no artistic merit whatsoever,but inspite of,or maybe even because of this,it's FUN!!!


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