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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Gojira tai Mekagojira (original title)
Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director:

Jun Fukuda

Writers:

Jun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masaaki Daimon Masaaki Daimon ... Keisuke Shimizu
Kazuya Aoyama Kazuya Aoyama ... Masahiko Shimizu
Reiko Tajima Reiko Tajima ... Saeko Kanagusuku
Akihiko Hirata ... Professor Hideto Miyajima
Hiromi Matsushita Hiromi Matsushita ... Ikuko Miyajima
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Wagura
Masao Imafuku Masao Imafuku ... Tengan Kunigami, the Azumi Royal Family High Priest
Bellbella Lin Bellbella Lin ... Nami Kunigami, the Azumi Royal Family Princess (as Barbara Lynn)
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Interpol Agent Nanbara
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... Alien Supreme Leader Kuronuma
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Yanagawa, Alien Agent #1
Takayasu Torii Takayasu Torii ... Interpol Agent Tamura
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Ship's Captain
Yasuzô Ogawa Yasuzô Ogawa ... Construction Foreman
Takamitsu Watanabe Takamitsu Watanabe ... Alien Henchman # 1
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Storyline

Aliens intend to take over the planet and, just in case Godzilla tries to interfere, have built a mechanical version of him to put an end to his interference. The Earth humans summon the legendary King Seesar to assist Godzilla in the battle. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,873,268
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Hiroshi Koizumi's final appearance in the classic Godzilla film series (the Showa Series). He would return in Godzilla 1985 (1984), the first film in the VS Series (AKA: Heisei Series). See more »

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The 'rivets' holding MechaGodzilla together (e.g. on the face and head) are smaller and more plentiful on the full-size suit than on the smaller, less detailed, model used for some of the flying scenes. See more »

Quotes

[the fake Godzilla, Mechagodzilla in disguise, strides ominously around the Mount Fuji countryside, as Keisuke, Wagura, and Saeko watch on TV]
Professor Wagura: When a black mountain appears above the clouds, a monster will arrive and try to destroy the world. The ancient prophecy is coming true.
Saeko Kaneshiro: I would never have guessed... that the monster could be Godzilla!
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The complete film runs 84 minutes. Most prints are heavily cut to 80 minutes. See more »

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Soundtracks

Beat Mechagodzilla
("Mekagojira Wo Yattsukero")
Music by Masaru Satô
Lyrics by Jun Fukuda
Performed by Bellbella Lin
Published by Toho Music Publishing
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One of the best of the series
1 December 2003 | by knsevySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS JUST IN CASE***

Definitely the best made between the original movie and Godzilla 1984 (both of which are superior to this one).

Of course, it leaves a few things unexplained. For instance, if you're going to make a giant robot fighting machine, why shape it like Godzilla, in the first place? Not to put the Big Guy down, but he doesn't exactly have the most streamlined or efficient body design. The aliens' reason (disguise it as Godzilla to confuse people) seems a little thin, to me. What's the advantage to them in letting people think Godzilla's on the rampage, instead of just going all-out and attacking without a disguise?

Secondly, this was one of the series that used the regrettable 'install Godzilla in a piece of scenery' schtick, instead of just having him come roaring up out of the sea. I was willing to forgive this in King Kong vs. Godzilla, since discovering Godzilla in an iceberg was proper continuity from the end of Godzilla Raids Again. Finding Godzilla buried and sleeping under a mountain was a pretty far-fetched premise in Godzilla vs Ebirah. But even that was more believable than having Godzilla emerge from a warehouse!

That having been said, the good parts outnumber the bad. The soundtrack, with it's rocking, Stan-Kentonesque big-band theme for MechaGodzilla, is a great updating from the Ifukube scores which were just being re-used, time after time in most Godzilla movies. The song Ms. Moonface sings to awaken King Caesar is forgettable, but not so awful that it's hard to endure. It's preferable to the Minitwits' Mothra line-dance song that we heard so many times.

King Caesar, in his only performance (he was even cut from the flashback scenes in the sequel to this film) proves a worthy ally for Godzilla. He may not be an all-powerful titan, but there's no quit in him. Basing a monster design on a temple guardian dog was a far better idea, in my opinion, than making a monster out of a roach. Mechagodzilla's design is equally good, though I question the necessity of putting a Superman-like 'M' on his chest plate, and you can easily see the grating in his neck where the suit actor's eyes are.

The movie contains the requisite accidental goofiness, like the 'prophecy' which is repeated about a dozen different ways, and the Professor's solid-metal pipe, which must weigh about five pounds. This is a Godzilla flick, though. It's entertainment, not art.


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