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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (original title)
Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director:

Kazuki Ohmori

Writer:

Kazuki Ohmori
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosuke Toyohara Kosuke Toyohara ... Kenichiro Terasawa
Anna Nakagawa Anna Nakagawa ... Emmy Kano
Megumi Odaka Megumi Odaka ... Miki Saegusa
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Professor Mazaki
Akiji Kobayashi ... Yuzo Tsuchiashi
Tokuma Nishioka Tokuma Nishioka ... Takehito Fujio
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Businessman Yasuaki Shindo
Chuck Wilson Chuck Wilson ... Chuck Wilson
Richard Berger Richard Berger ... Grenchiko
Robert Scott Field Robert Scott Field ... Android M-11
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Minister Takayuki Segawa
Kiwako Harada Kiwako Harada ... Chiaki Moriyuma
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Ikehata, the mad old soldier
Sô Yamamura ... Prime Minister
Yasunori Yuge Yasunori Yuge ... Army Chief
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Storyline

Time travellers from the 23rd century return to 1992 to warn Japan that Godzilla will cause a catastrophic nuclear incident in the 21st century and suggest a way to rid the world of him forever. They intend to go back to 1944, to Ragos Island, where a dinosaur was exposed to radiation from the Bikini H-Bomb test and became Godzilla. Upon completion of this task, King Ghidrah appears in 1992 and the visitors' true plan is discovered. They wish to destroy Japan so it will not become the dominant economic force. Luckily for the Japanese, Godzilla was still created and will now fight Ghidrah. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Taglines:

Strange travelers from the 23rd century warn Japanese authorities that Godzilla will return and destroy them all. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 December 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukuoka, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,764,102
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (chinese)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

His role as the Prime Minister became the final role for So Yamamura. See more »

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When King Ghidorah has Godzilla in the death grip, choking him, while he's drooling and charging up his energy, strings are visible on King Ghidorah. See more »

Quotes

U.S. Ship Commander: Got him!
Major Spielberg: Take that, you dinosaur.
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The end credits (deleted from the American version) play over footage of Godzilla at the bottom of the ocean. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US version cuts the majority of the ending credits, shortening the runtime from 103 minutes to 100 minutes. See more »

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No more Mr. Nice Godzilla
3 November 1999 | by TVholicSee all my reviews

"Size does matter." So proclaimed the ad campaign of the Americanized Godzilla foisted upon us by Emmerich and Devlin in 1998. If only they had paid more attention to movies like this before they tried to retool Godzilla. Because their overgrown iguana is no match for the towering behemoth of indestructible, nuclear-fueled fury introduced in this movie.

Untold legions of fans grew up with the original Godzilla in the '60s and '70s. We found comfort in the quite cheesy special effects, massive plot holes, extreme overacting, and hilarious dubbing. Not to mention the martial strains of Akira Ifukube's trademark musical scores. The heisei series of second generation Godzilla movies may have offended some purists, but did stick with many of the same elements. Many of the effects were now very good, but others were still unintentionally laughable. The dubbing, of course, was as bad as ever. Logic is the last thing one should expect from a Godzilla plot, and it's not very much in evidence here. But this is all how we like it!

From the tortuous contortions of the time travel plot came a new Godzilla, leaner and far meaner than ever before. No more would he be the protector of Japan. Along with the new origin backstory for Godzilla, we're treated to one for this new King Ghidora, which resembles the original Ghidrah only in name and appearance. But while it took the combined might of all of Japan's monsters to slay Ghidrah, the new and improved Godzilla singlehandedly slew Ghidorah without working up a sweat. Truly a force to be reckoned with.

It's a shame that the second generation films were never released theatrically in the US and only recently released on video. Americans deserved to see that there wasn't a vacuum between Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla (1998). And a generation of American kids, too young to find the old films interesting, lost a chance to be hooked on what's arguably a cultural icon.


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