Chikyu Kogeki Meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan
Godzilla vs Gigan
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Jun Fukuda
starring Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Zan Fujita, Kunio Murai, Gen Shimizu, Kurayoshi Nakamura, Kuniko Ashibara, Akio Murata, Noritake Saito, Yasuhiko Saijo, Naoya Kusakawa, Wataru Omae
story by Takeshi Kimura, screenplay by Shinichi Sekizawa, music by Akira Ifukube, special effects by Teroyoshi Nakano
Godzilla, Gigan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus
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Comicbook artist Gengo (Hiroshi Ishikawa) desperately tries to sell his
monster creations, so he signs a deal with Children's Land, a weird
organisation running an amusement park for kids towered over by a
life-size Godzilla monument that also serves as the organisation's
headquarters. Soon after he has joined the company though, he runs into
Machiko (Tomoko Umeda), who claims the organisation keeps her brother
Takashi (Kumio Murai) captive, and soon, Gengo and Machiko, his girlfriend
Tomoko (Yuriko Hishimi) and her boyfriend Shosaku (Minoru Takashima) set
out to free Takashi from Godzilla tower, and they succeed, too - but learn
the dark secret of Children's World at the same time: It is actually run
by cockroaches from another planet who have only taken on human form for
the time being and plan an invasion, an invasion aided by giant space
monsters King Ghidorah and Gigan, who arrive on earth soon enough to lay
Tokyo to waste. Thank God though earth monsters Godzilla and Anguirus stop
by from neighbouring Monster Island to engage the two space monsters in
mortal combat, and right on the grounds of Children's Land, too. However,
our earth monsters seem to lose the battle because the giant Godzilla
Tower shoots laser beams from its top. This of course brings Gengo and
company back into play, because they figure the only way to turn the
battle in humankind's favour is to blow up Godzilla Tower from the inside,
and if they don't know much else, they know how to get in. With the tower
going up in a blast, it's no problem for Godzilla and Anguirus to chase
the bad monsters away, and then return to Monster Island.
is not a good film, there are no two ways about it, its story is
ridiculous, its buildup less than convincing, the only "new"
monster of the film, Gigan, looks positively silly, and the special
effects are no match to the stuff by then deceased FX wizard Eiji
Tsuburaya had created for earlier Godzilla movies.
still, the film is pure, mindless fun. So ok, it is anything but a
masterpiece, but that doesn't mean it can't be a great party flick, now
By the way, this is the film Godzilla talks (with a
human voice) ... but only in the English dubbed version, in the Japanese
original he only uses weird noises to communicate with Anguirus - which
might somehow qualify as talking, but not fully ...