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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.

Directors:

Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda (uncredited)

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

A mad scientist tries the to get revenge on the world for being laughed at for thinking that a dinosaur exists which does exists and teams up with the alien from the previous movie .Meanwhile the aliens rebuild mechagodzilla to destroy the world once more . So they team mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus toughened to destroy japan . So japan must depend on Godzilla to save japan and the world Written by harrywubbyluke

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Battle to save the earth! See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Titanosaurus was the last monster introduced in the original series of Godzilla films. He represents a sort of return to the more realistic-looking, "natural" monsters that were common on the 50s and 60s films, rather than the more outlandish monster designs seen in the 70s. Since he never got popular with audiences, to date this remains Titanosaurus' only movie appearance. See more »

Goofs

In the previous movie, the aliens had to find and kidnap a professor to help them. However, this movie establishes that they have been working together with another scientist for several years, thereby retroactively causing a plot hole between the two films. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Shinji Mafune: Wait till I really let Titanosaurus loose!
Katsura Mafune: But why, Father? This is it... we'll hand over the Earth to the spacemen. Surely you don't mean... you'd release the disaster monsters again? Like King Ghidorah, mighty Radon, and terrible Manda?
[stock footage of said monsters briefly appear around her in a montage]
Katsura Mafune: Titanosaurus is going to join the ranks of the killers?
Dr. Shinji Mafune: Katsura, I'm not doing this for the spacemen! I don't have to take their orders! Mechagodzilla is just a machine. He's no match for ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The US cut version of the film is missing a great deal of footage, which changes the story. The uncut version shows why Mechagodzilla suddenly shorts out, etc. It also features the only example of nudity in a Godzilla film, albeit fake, prosthetic breasts while the spacemen are operating on cyborg Katsura. See more »

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Followed by Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) See more »

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Fine end to the first series-the best 70s Godzilla film
25 April 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

It was obvious that the filmmakers were running out of inspiration by the time this entry was planned,and as well as tired plots and tiny budgets the films were doing less well at the box office. Of course,films like Godzilla V Gigan and Godzilla V Mechagodzilla were still fun if juvenile,but it was clear that the series was winding down and Godzilla needed a break,so a great deal of effort was put into this one,even to the point of getting Inoshiro Honda,the original and greatest Godzilla director,to return. Terror Of Mechagodzilla is uneven,but it's by far the best of the 70s Godzilla films.

The plot ONCE AGAIN rehashes the aliens-out-to-conquer-Earth-using-monsters plot,but at least here it is augmented by a few interesting elements,such as the tragic female cyborg who still retains human feelings,and it is handled a lot more seriously than before. Honda tones down the juvenile elements and even brings a touch of darkness to the film. The finale has most of the characters killed,and one person's sacrifice appropriately parallels Dr Serizawa's sacrifice in the original Godzilla {incidentally,the current version available in the US cuts so much of the violent and dark elements out that the ending makes little sense}.

Despite the general downbeat feel here is still plenty of monster action,with the best destruction sequence since Monster Zero,while Mechagodzilla is somewhat improved since the last film and Titanosaurus is a memorable new monster {why has he never returned?}. There is the odd shoddy moment,mainly due to the low budget,and signs of carelessness at times-for instance the final shot of Godzilla uses a different and pretty awful looking suit to the rest of the film. However overall this was the best Godzilla film since Destroy All Monsters,and a fairly worthy end to the 'Showa'series.


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