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Godzilla vs Megalon

Japan 1973
produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Jun Fukuda
starring Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Kotaro Tomita, Wolf Otsuki, Gentaro Nakajima, Sakyo Mikami, Fumiyo Ikeda, Kanta Mori, Shinji Takagi, Hideto Odachi, Tsugutoshi Komada, Kenpachiro Satsuma
story by Takeshi Kimura, Shinichi Sekizawa, screenplay by Jun Fukuda, music by Riichiro Manabe, special effects by Teroyoshi Nakano

Godzilla, Gigan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Seatopians, a secret human race living beneath the Ocean floors, feels threatened by us surface dwellers constantly testing atom bombs (and can you blame them), so they want to send their monster Megalon up to destroy Tokyo. But since they haven't been on the surface for centuries, the Seatopians need a guide for their monster to show them directions. So they kidnap Jet Jaguar, inventor Goro's (Katsuhiko Sasaki) newly developped man-sized robot, to do just that - and it works great at first.

However, Goro is unwilling to give up his robot, so he, his kid brother Roku (Hiroyuki Kawase) and their friend Jinko (Yutaka Hayashi) do everything to retrieve it ... and eventually succeed. However, as soon as they have Jet Jaguar in their power, it just takes off on its own.

Why? you may ask.

Because Goro gave the robot a will of its own that only kicks in at times of utmost emergency, so it can save the world without outside commands (really).

Jet Jaguar flies right off to Monster Island to fetch Godzilla, and tells (?) him what's going on, and Godzilla agrees to come for help. However, while Jet Jaguar is able to fly, Godzilla has to swim all the way to Japan, so Jet is the first to arrive with Megalon - and out of the blue, it grows to giant size to take on the monster one to one. Jet Jaguar doesn't do too badly, but then, out of space, the chicken-like spacemonster Gigan arrives to lend a helping hand to Megalon, and the two of them almost beat Jet Jaguar to a pulp before Godzilla finally shows up on stage to even the odds, and he and Jet Jaguar give the two baddies a thrashing they are not likely to forget.

After the monsters are chased off and the Seatopians have sealed shut all exits to the upper world, Jet Jaguar shrinks to man-size once again and becomes the loyal servant he was intended to be once more.

 

First things first: Godzilla vs Megalon is not a good film, it's sloppily executed and based on a very silly and simplistic script. Plus, Jet Jaguar's robot costume really looks shoddy. And it's so cheaply made the monsters don't even get to destroy too much cityscapes, and the landscapes they do their battle in are very limited in range and look completely boring. Also, the whole thing is accompanied by an awful score that sadly misses all of the greatness of Akira Ifukube's usual Godzilla-scores ... and yet, there's something about this film that's appealing: Maybe it's its undisguised focus on monster tag team wrestling, maybe its many silly yet inventive wrestling moves, maybe just a robot shaking Godzilla's hand, I don't know, but beneath all the garbage this film undoubtedly delivers, there is something a trashfilm-enthusiast like myself can't help but love ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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