In the year 1999, space travel is a common thing & all the world's monsters
(Godzilla & son, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Varan, Manda, Spigas, Baragon,
Anguirus) are safely kept on Ogusawara, their high securuity special island.
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Then though, the Ogusawara control center is attacked bya an unknown force,
all the monsters are abducted, and the United Nations Scientific Council sends
a moon rocket (!), headed by Kazuo Yamabe (Akira Kubo) to investigate. At the
control center, Kazuo meets his girlfriend Kyoko (Yukiko Kobayashi), one of the
island's operators, & doctor Otani (Yoshio Tsuchyia), both apparently
brainwashed by the race of the Kilaaks, who want to take over the world, as
their queen (Kyoko Ai) tells Kazuo. The rocket crew tires to defeat the Kilaaks
right on the spot but only manages to break free doctor Otani.
Then though the monsters begin to attack various cities of the earth, Mothra
attacks Beijing, Rodan levels Moscow, Godzilla goes n a rampage in New York
& so on - every major city but Tokyo is destroyed by monsters.
Desperately, Kazuo & Doctor Yoshida (Jun Tazaki) try to get information
out of Otani, but to no avail - & when they are not looking, Otani jumps
out of the nearest window to his death. Dead though the man proves more
informative than alive as Kazuo & Yoshido find a mind control device right
behind his ear - which leads them to the conclusion that the monsters are
controlled the same way, & all they have to do is to find the transmitter
for the device. For some reason this is another task that can only be done by
Kazuo's moon rocket.
Soon the transmitter is found, inside a stone at a rural area of Japan,
& similar are found all over the world, but it already seems too late, as
all of a sudden the combined force of all the earth's monsters attacks Tokyo -
& Kyoko shows up at the UN headquarters to give the earthlings an ultimatum
... but Kazuo discovers her mindcontrol devices - disguised as earrings -, rips
them off, & can get information about where the Kilaaks headquarter is -
Unfortunately though, Mount Fuji is heavily guarded by the earth's monsters,
which are infulnerable to conventional weapons, & so the moonrocket changes
tactics - Since Kazuo has noticed some UFO activity on the moon, he concludees
this must be the Kilaaks real headquarters, & he & company fly to the
moon again, & find & destroy the place, discover the Kilaaks are not
humanoids at all but crystalline worms.
This of course removes the monsters' mindcontrol, & UN scientists are
more than prepared to take over the monsters minds from here on - Which is
badly needed, since the Kilaaks that were already ion earth when their lunar
headquarters were attacked have still one ace up their sleeve: King Ghidorah,
the three headed flying dragon that singlehandedly tries to take on all the
earth's monsters ... but fails in the end. The Kilaaks last line of defence now
is the firedragon, which destroy the earthlings' mindcontrol device, making the
monsters the wild beasts again they originally were, but while the moonrocket
takes on the firedragon, which turns out to be a simple UFO after all, Godzilla
& co - overcome by their instincts to fight evil & defend the earth -
destroy the Kilaaks earth HQ.
Everything finally is back to normal again, & even the monsters return
to their island out of free will ...
As a self-congratulatory effort to celebrate their 20th monster movie,
production company Toho assembled its largest cast of monsters yet (& all
had starring or at least important supporting roles in previous movies, not one
new face here). The film itself was expectedly hampered by the necessety to
squeeze that many monsters into just one pic (even though the monsters have
less screentime than expected, making way to the fantastic adventures of the
moon rocket), & so some of the plot is just too far-fethched even for a
giant monster flick. However, if you like destructive dinos, weird aliens,
weirder spacesuits, retro rocketships & some psychedelia thrown in just
for good measure, you should at least give Destroy all Monsters a try.