Gojira tai Mekagojira
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster / Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Jun Fukuda
starring Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata, Hiromi Matsushita, Hiroshi Koizumi, Masao Imafuku, Lin Beru-Bera, Shin Kishida, Goro Mutsumi, Daigo Kusano, Takayasu Torii, Kenji Sahara, Yasuzo Ogawa, Takamitsu Watanabe, Takanobu Toya, Koji Ozaki
story by Shinichi Sekizawa, Masami Fukushima, screenplay by Jun Fukuda, Hiroyasu Yamamura, music by Masaru Sato, special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano
Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, King Sheesar, Anguirus
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Godzilla beats the crap out of his good friend, the hedgehog monster
Anguilus - There is something wrong here, and has it something to do with
a prediction of Okinawan priestess Nami (Lin Beru-Bera)?
meantime, architect Keisuke (Masaaki Daimon) and archeologist Saeko (Reiko
Tajima) find a little statue of some ancient monster, King Seesar, and
another prediction attached to it. But as unexciting as their discovery
might sound, some baddies are extremely interested in getting their hands
on the statue.
Elsewhere, porfessor Miyajima (Akihiko Hirata), his
daughter Ikoku (Hiromi Matsushita) and Keisuke's brother Masahiko (Kazuya
Aoyama) find an unnaturally high amount of space titanium in Godzilla's
path, which would suggest ...
While destryoing an oil refinery, Godzilla
meets an unexpected foe: Godzilla. Facing the real McCoy, the first
Godzilla drops his pretense and reveals himself to be - Mechagodzilla.
Godzilla is able to chase him off ...
Exploring some caves, professor
Miyajima, Masahiko and Ikoku are captured by a bunch of aliens, and their
leader (Goro Mutsumi) forces professor Miyajima to fix Mechagodzilla, whom
he wants to use to conquer earth, but who has taken quite a beating going
against the real Godzilla. Once the mechanical monster is fixed though,
the alien leader wants to steam the professor and entourage to death.
Thank God Keisuke has since picked up the trail of his brother and now
frees him and friends with the help of Interpol agent Nanbara (Shin
With everybody safe, our heroes deliver the monster statue to
Nami, who uses it to awaken King Sheesar, a Godzilla-size monster that's
supposed to take out the newly fixed Mechagodzilla - but proves to be no
match to the heavily armed giant robot. The real Godzilla arrives on the
scene eventually, but it seems he, too, has found his master - until, for
some unexplained reason, Godzilla turns into an magnetic pole, draws the
metal Mechagodzilla onto himself, so his long rage weapons won't do
Mechagodzilla any good any more, and then Godzilla and King Seesar take
the mechanic monster apart.
Meanwhile, some of our friends have snuck
back into the aliens' secret headquarters and blow it apart before the
aliens can do any more damage ...
Certainly not the best in the Godzilla series, this film
lacks any scenes of monsters destroying cities (always a highlight),
features perhaps the silliest looking tag team partner for Godzilla (King
Sheesar in fact looks a bit like a Chinese lion dancer in a moth-eaten
costume), and uses all kinds of shortcuts to bring its story across on a
budget, and it shows. That said, the film is still fun in a childish sort
of way, maybe because of its shortcomings rather than in spite of them. In
a nutshell, it's monster wrestling wrapped in some stupid alien invasion
story, and there'S nothing essentially wrong with that, now is there?