Aliens from the mysterious Planet X, which resides on the dark side of of Jupiter, come to Earth asking its people to help them save their world from the dreaded King Ghidrah by letting them "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan. The aliens are actually planning to use the three monsters to take over our planet.Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
The new Godzilla suit made for this film, called the "Daisenso-Goji," possessed a somewhat friendlier look than the more menacing previous suit, the "Mosu-Goji" (first used in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)), considering that the previous film, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), was the beginning of Godzilla's "hero" status (albeit still a reluctant antihero). This suit would "star" in only one more Godzilla film, 1966's Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), during filming of which Tsuburaya Productions took the head of the suit and fastened it to the body of the Mosu-Goji suit for use as the monster Jirass in the TV show Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966). In that event, a new head had to be made for the headless Daisenso-Goji suit in short order, creating a strangely bug-eyed stare with an elevated eyebrow line (thus becoming the "Nankai-Goji"). Since then, the Nankai-Goji suit would be a stunt/water suit for all subsequent Godzilla films up to its final appearance in Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) in 1971. (In that film, apart from the water scenes, this suit was used for the scene where Godzilla was being covered in sludge by the monster Hedorah.) See more »
In one of the shots of the tanks firing at Godzilla and Rodan, a "glass" window in the background keeps wobbling as if made of a sheet of thin plastic. See more »
You should have left your sister packed in ice.
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The American version of the film changes Tetsuo's name from Tetsuo Torii to Tetsui Terry. See more »
This film is close to the last of the quality Godzilla films where a budget is evident, and the future of the series became apparent. This film is a sequel to GHIDDORAH: THE THREE HEADED MONSTER and story elements went into the classic, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. Goji completely went into his Earth defender mode in this story of alien domination against our planet.
This film is a great representation of the series and and Japan's desire and attitude for the times, coupled with our realization that everything is completely impossible. The best way to watch any Godzilla film is to believe that you are watching an alternate universe where all nations are equally powerful and those future dreams of the past did become possible.
For Godzilla fans, there is a lot of love about this film. There are interesting characters and many consider this Nick Adams' best film; which may not be true, but his co-star is BIGGER. For me, it is the images of the two monsters being lifted from the lake and hauled off to Planet X. The battle on the planet is now considered a classic moment too, as Goji does a victory dance(referred to as The Godzilla Shie). Godzilla always seemed to have a personality, but that dance cemented this notion, as he also demonstrates emotions in this story.
The fact that you are reading this review, demonstrates that you may have your own ideas and feelings about this film. This review is for the cinefile who believes in Godzilla and many of the other movies that came from Toho Studios. My recommendation is that you watch DESTROY ALL MONSTERS after this film, and then go play the two Godzilla video games that are now available.
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