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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 13 September 1965 (USA)
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After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

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Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Princess of Sergina
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Tsukamoto
Akihiko Hirata ... Chief Detective Okita
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Malmess, Chief Assassin
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Prime Minister
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Alien Expert
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Honest Fisherman
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Geologist
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Editor in Chief Kanamaki
Susumu Kurobe ... Moustachoied Assassin
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Storyline

A princess from a small Himalayan country becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian (a Martian in the American version) and escapes a plane just as it explodes. As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet's destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well. Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting each other and to team up to fight the new monster. At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurobe Dam, Toyama, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1971 reissue) | (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted Ghidorah to be crimson colored, but the special effects team decided on shining gold instead, because that would have looked more impressive on screen. See more »

Goofs

When Rodan flies out of Mt. Aso, you hear Godzilla's roar instead of Rodan's, and also a small clip of the sound King Ghidorah makes. Later, when he confronts Godzilla, he screeches in Godzilla's voice again. See more »

Quotes

[translated version]
[Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra are conversing]
Naoko Shindo: Good... good heavens, it looks like they're having a conversation. Oh... Why, Shindo, what do you think they're saying to each other?
Detective Shindo: Huh, how would I know? You expect me to understand monster talk?
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Alternate Versions

When Rodan first emerges from Mt.Aso there were no people present. The film was re-shot with tourists witnessing Rodan bursting from the base of the volcano. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gate: Two Military Forces (2015) See more »

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Entertaining Godzilla movie

"Ghidora, the Three Headed Monster" is an entertaining and overall quite welcome addition to the Godzilla series (and of course the 'canon' of the other monsters appearing). The key to a good Godzilla flick is a solid plot (even if it's just interesting in a hokey B-movie sci-fi way) and interesting human characters, because let's face it, the monster action only actually makes up less than a third of the movie itself, so if the rest is torture to sit through there's almost no point to watching it (unless you're a completist, like myself).

"Ghidora, the Three Headed Monster" doesn't quite have the most interesting story of any of the Godzilla movies, but it's solid enough and we get a healthy dose of the lovable singing fairy girls. It's really the plot inconsistencies that let it down. I would forgive them, especially given that this is a Godzilla movie, but they are so glaring and obvious (why would the fairy girls, not wanting attention, appear on TV?) that they become annoying. The comedy in this film also really just doesn't work at all.

Ishiro Honda is once again the director, and as usual he proves that he is a more talented director than many would give him credit for. This most certainly wasn't the worst Godzilla movie he directed, but it's a shame the special effects couldn't be a little better and enhance the movie a bit. Although I quite like the monster suits themselves for both Godzilla and Ghidora the model work and the puppet work is especially bad and a surprising step down from the previous installment. Everything about "Ghidora, the Three Headed Monster" is a step down from the excellent "Mothra vs. Godzilla", but this is still an entertaining and welcome installment in the series, if deeply flawed.

6/10


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