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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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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

This was Akihiko Hirata's final appearance in the series. He was scheduled to appear in first film in the Versus/Heisei series but died from cancer just before production began. See more »

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When Godzilla lifts up Titanosaurus but drops him, Titanosaurus's body is suddenly turned the other way around in the following shot as he lands on Godzilla. See more »

Quotes

[as Titanosaurus attacks Tokyo, one of two kids is eager to take a peek at the monster]
Boy # 1: Don't go. Don't go, Ken, it's too dangerous!
Boy # 2: All right, I'll go there by myself!
Boy # 1: All right, I'll come, too.
[Titanosaurus sees them; the boys panic and run away as Titanosaurus chases them and prepares to trample them]
Boy # 1Boy # 2: [terrified] Ahhhh! Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla!
[Godzilla pops up]
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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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Follows Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) See more »

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User Reviews

Terror of Mechagodzilla
26 June 2008 | by I_John_Barrymore_ISee all my reviews

Things did not bode well at the start, with a seven-minute greatest hits sequence that never seemed to end, but by the time it was over I found myself grateful for so much action so early on. When the story proper started it was with some very impressive underwater model work (I couldn't see the seams at any rate).

But what really marked this out as a superior entry is the plot. A reclusive discredited scientist is employed by aliens to use his thought-controlled pet Titanosaurus to destroy Tokyo along with the newly-rebuilt Mechagodzilla, their combined might certain to overcome that pesky Godzilla. Meanwhile an Interpol agent and a marine scientist investigate the disappearance of an exploratory submarine, the trail leading them to the scientist's beautiful but non-too-helpful daughter.

It might sound like the usual gubbins on paper but there's genuine tension in many of the scenes, it's logical and exciting, and rather than feeling like drawn-out filler while we wait for the real action to begin it's successful on its own terms, even managing to pull off genuine pathos bordering on tragedy at the end.

When it does begin it's hands down the best destruction I've seen so far in the series. They're right in the centre of Tokyo surrounded by skyscrapers ready to be demolished and incinerated. The camera pans across the cityscape as whole swathes of it are destroyed, and it truly is spectacular. What makes it even more powerful is that it's not a fight sequence for the most part - it's just two big boys laying waste to the city.

Godzilla himself is given a wonderful entrance, and in those moments it's a thrill to see this (of all films) so overtly referencing The Third Man (of all films).

They do escape to the country for the final showdown, but there's still the odd power station to be sat on and let's face it, we've already had our money's worth with the destruction of Tokyo. The fight is lengthy too, with Godzilla on the back foot for most of it, and while we're never unsure of the outcome it does get pretty hairy for the big guy.

For the budget the special effects are often superb and always imaginative (like the alien technician walking inside Mechagodzilla's head or the shot that takes us from his massive, dormant frame as he's being worked on, through a window, and finishes with the aliens and doctor watching the progress from a lab).

The music throughout is excellent, and the female lead is impossibly gorgeous.

What's not to love?


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