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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gojira tai Megaro (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | April 1976 (USA)
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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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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,803,446
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gigan's design was noticeably altered compared to the previous film. This is because it's an entirely different suit, as the original supposedly got too damaged. He now has a much larger head and a less fierce expression, he has golden scales around his neck, his limbs appear shorter, his back sails are pointier, and he looks overall stockier. He doesn't demonstrate his signature buzzsaw embedded into his torso either (apart from stock footage), since that function was removed from the suit. This version of the suit was used for Gigan's appearance in the television series Ryusei Ningen Zon (1973). See more »

Goofs

To incapacitate one of the Seatopian agents invading their laboratory, Jakavin and Rokkuchan hurry to a hobby shop, steal a model airplane, build it, and throw it at the agent's head, knocking him out. Why didn't they simply use a rock? See more »

Quotes

[Jet Jaguar, controlled by the Seatopians, is spotted by our heroes flying around Megalon]
Inventor Goro Ibuki: Hey! Isn't that Jet Jaguar there?
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki: Yes it is! It's him all right!
Inventor Goro Ibuki: Damn! They're controlling him!
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki: It's a pity we can't send Jet Jaguar to go and get Godzilla!
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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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I don't see why everybody hates it.
16 October 2007 | by mikecowboy1996-1See all my reviews

It's just stupid that everybody hates this one, I thought it was the best in the Godzilla saga! The only kind of people who don't like it are not true Godzilla fans, there's nothing wrong with this one.Some people actually think that the American remake is better, but it's not.The remake is the worst one, and the remake really hurts the Godzilla saga.Anyway, lets talk about the plot.A series of earthquakes are occurring across Tokyo.This angers the underground civilization of people called the Seatopions.They awake their guardian giant monster called Megalon.For revenge at the Japanese, the Seatopions send out Megalon to wreak havoc across Tokyo.All of this is happening while two men and a little boy are working on a robot called Jet Jaguar.Henchmen that the Seatopions have sent out are trying to get a hold of the robot.Suddenly, the robot starts working.Jet Jaguar takes out the henchmen and heads off to fight Megalon.Jet Jaguar needs some help, so he flies to Monster Island to awake Godzilla to help him fight Megalon.Only thing is, Megalon has already teamed up with another giant monster called Gigan.This is clearly the most awesome film in the Godzilla saga, you should really check it out.Although a DVD has not yet been released, you can still find a VHS copy at Amazon or another store.

I give it 10/10


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