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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 ... Saeko Kanagusuku
Akihiko Hirata ... Professor Hideto Miyajima
Hiromi Matsushita Hiromi Matsushita ... Ikuko Miyajima
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Wagura
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 ... Interpol Agent Nanbara
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... Alien Supreme Leader Kuronuma
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:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In France, the film was released in 1977, after its followup Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), and was even falsely advertised as a sequel to that movie. See more »

Goofs

When Keisuke drives to the cave to search for Masahiko, Professor Miyajima and Eiko, he drives there in a fast back coupe. However, when the car explodes it inexplicably changes into a four-door sedan. See more »

Quotes

[Saeko, standing next to Shimizu on the deck of the Coral Queen, hears a faint bubbling noise yonder in the sea]
Keisuke Shimizu: What's the matter?
Saeko Kaneshiro: I thought I heard Godzilla just now!
Keisuke Shimizu: [scanning the seascape] I don't hear anything.
Saeko Kaneshiro: Mm, you're right. But... I could swear that I *did* hear him!
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Alternate Versions

The complete film runs 84 minutes. Most prints are heavily cut to 80 minutes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Code Name: Dynastud (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

A Young Girl's Prayer
("Miyarabi No Inori")
Performed by Bellbella Lin
Music by Masaru Satô
Lyrics by Jun Fukuda
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A fun film, but not without it's plot holes
8 January 2019 | by tyrantlizardthadSee all my reviews

The original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is quite an enjoyable entry in the franchise and definitely an improvement then it's three predecessors, but it's not without it's flaws. The story is simply another alien invasion story, this time about aliens who are actually rip-offs of the apes from Planet of the Apes. There's a prophecy about a monster that will arise and destroy Japan while two monsters will save it. They think the destroyer is Godzilla when he appears and destroys some stuff, but it's revealed to be an imposter, while the humans and aliens fight over a statue to awaken King Caesar. The story is entertaining but at the same time the reusing of aliens over and over for these last few entries makes it feel stale, and so do the characters, as they are another cast of forgettable, shallow archetypes with nothing to them. None of the characters, except maybe the alien commander, really resonate and are one-dimensional. In fact, you can actually end up mixing them up. Also, the aliens in this film make no sense, with some of their decisions being rather questionable, and the reveal that they are actually space apes raises a lot of questions, such as why they suddenly lose their human-like intelligence when they revert back to their true forms, and why they need help from the human scientist to fix Mechagodzilla, which they created from their own technology. The ape makeup and the effect of them transforming also look atrocious. The monster side of things, however, makes up for these somewhat lacking areas. Mechagodzilla looks great, with a design resembling a menacing cartoon villain, Godzilla's design is a vast improvement over the previous one and is definitely one of the best Showa Godzilla designs, Anguirus looks just as good as ever, and King Caesar is another creative new monster that adds a mammalian touch to Godzilla's vast array of kaiju. The special effects are also an improvement over the last few entries and quite well done, with many satisfying and entertaining monster scenes and tons of awesome explosions. Masaru Sato delivers probably his best musical score here, as his music is fun and jazzy while also being foreboding. Overall, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is a decent, enjoyable Godzilla film. While it lacks in delivering compelling human characters, it delivers in satisfying kaiju action that will leave any Godzilla fan entertained.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,873,268
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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