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Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Mekagojira no gyakushu (original title)
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Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Yukiko Takayama (screenplay), Yukiko Takayama (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Biologist Akira Ichinose
Tomoko Ai Tomoko Ai ... Katsura Mafune
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Shinzô Mafune
Katsumasa Uchida Katsumasa Uchida ... Interpol Agent Jiro Murakoshi
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... Alien Leader Mugal
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Interpol Chief Tagawa
Shin Roppongi Shin Roppongi ... Yûichi Wakayama
Yasuko Agawa Yasuko Agawa ... Yuri Yamamoto (as Tomoe Mari)
Tôru Ibuki Tôru Ibuki ... Tsuda (bearded alien)
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Defense Force Commander
Kôtarô Tomita Kôtarô Tomita ... Professor Ôta
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Mafune's Silent Butler
Masaaki Daimon Masaaki Daimon ... Submarine Captain Kusakari
Yoshio Kirishima Yoshio Kirishima ... Alien Henchman #2
Kazuo Suzuki Kazuo Suzuki ... Alien Henchman #1
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Storyline

Aliens from a dying galaxy plan to destroy our cities and build their new home on Earth. Their weapon is Mechagodzilla, a 400-foot-tall robot armed with powerful lasers and guided missiles. Only Godzilla is mighty enough to stop the colossal machine, but when Professor Mafune joins the aliens, not even Godzilla will be able to defeat them. Mafune controls Titanosaurus, a gigantic amphibious dinosaur, through a biochemical connection with his cyborg daughter, Katsura. Godzilla is no match for Titanosaurus and Mechagodzilla together, but Interpol agents have discovered Titanosaurus' weakness, which may give Godzilla the fighting chance he needs to save the world! Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

From a black hole in space...they came to conquer Earth...! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror of Mechagodzilla See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (UPA TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although it's the same overall design and the same suit, MechaGodzilla's look was noticeably altered from his previous appearance. For example, he has a lot more angular, "pointy" looking design elements, most prominent on the chest and shoulders, and the hands, finger-rockets, "kneepads" and heels are also different. And of course, he has "MG2" stamped onto his arm instead of "MG". See more »

Goofs

After Titanosaurus kicks the fallen Godzilla, Godzilla's position becomes flipped. See more »

Quotes

Interpol Chief Tagawa: This is Yamashita. He's just come from Shizuoka.
Yamashita: [bows] Good day.
Interpol Chief Tagawa: Somebody handed him this in the Amagi Mountains.
[hands a small fragment of metal to Muraokshi, who examines it]
Interpol Agent Jiro Murakoshi: It's metal. it's Space Titanium!
Interpol Chief Tagawa: Analyze it straight away. I think you might be right.
Interpol Agent Jiro Murakoshi: Right. How did he get it?
Yamashita: I was fixing an underground water pipe when suddenly a man rushed out of the bushes and gave it to me. He had... a jagged scar on his throat. He couldn't speak at all, so he wrote something - the word "...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The British version has a prologue which contains footage from Kaiju Daisenso (1965), among others. See more »

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Featured in Campfire Tales (1991) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Best of 70's Zilla
4 May 2010 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

Toho realized something after their abysmal GODZILLA VS. MEGALON and hence were smart enough to put a bit more effort into their subsequent two films. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA suffered from a lot of the same 70's goofiness of the previous films and some serious pacing issues, but overall was certainly a step in the right direction.

Wisely, Toho decided to go old-school with the sequel and brought back Inoshiro Honda to direct and Akira Ifukube to compose one of his best musical scores yet for the series. The result certainly brings this film a level of class lacking in most of the Godzilla films following VS. MOTHRA though unfortunately there's a lot of silliness yet to be had.

Plotwise we get the same tired old formula of aliens plotting to conquer earth with a monster (or two this time - Titanosaurus makes for an interesting newcomer) aided by a mad scientist hot for revenge against "those fools". Fortunately, Godzilla is out to stop them but isn't in full-blown hero mode. Instead, Godzilla seems to be fighting them more out of the fact that he's just plain pi**ed off, and he's got an impressive new suit to show it.

Effects-wise you have to understand that Teruyoshi Nakano was working at 1/3 to 1/2 the budget of what his mentor Tsuburaya had to work with, so in that respect his work is quite impressive. This film features a triumphant return of the city-stomp with a show-stopping sequence involving Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus laying waste to downtown Tokyo. Don't mind that they blow up the same row of buildings at least 4 times in a row - it's all great fun and showcases a lot of great pyrotechnics.

There's a lot of bizarre moments in the climactic monster-on-monster violence and a lot of iffy continuity. For instance, Godzilla knocks Titanosaurus out of the way and then tackles Mechagodzilla to the ground but in the very next shot, Godzilla is lying down alone and Titanosaurus is suddenly there kicking him in the head. (?) Most likely a case of bad editing more than anything.

Overall a worthy candidate for a way to spend a rainy afternoon. The 70's may have been a Godzilla nadir but this film is the highpoint of that lowpoint.


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