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Son of Godzilla
Frankensteins Monster jagen Godzillas Sohn

Japan 1967
produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Jun Fukuda
starring Tadeo Takashima, Akira Kubo, Beverly Maeda (= Bibari Maeda), Akihiko Hirata, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kenji Sahara
written by Shinichi Sekizawa, Kazue Shiba, special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, music by Masaru Sato

Godzilla, Son of Godzilla, Spigas, Gimantis

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Professor Tadeo Takashima & his team are conducting  top secret experiments to control the weather on a deserted island paradise. When one day, nosy reporter Goro (Akira Kubo) lands on the island, this is bad news, for the experiments are top secret, & good news, since they needed helüp in the kitchen anyways. Soon Goro finds Reiko (Beverly Maeda), the jungle girl & wants to bring the experiment to a halt to save her, but the scientists - not believing the girl is real - go on anyways ... & the experiment goes terribly wrong, instead of just freezing the island a whole range of natural desasters is caused, & the local, already some feet tall, mantisses (called Gimantisses from here on) grow to supermonster-height due to a radiation leak. Furthermore, a giant egg is found & opened by the Gimantisses, & out comes - Son of Godzilla (Minya to you). Brutally tortured by the Gimantisses, it's only a matter of time until Minya's cries for help bring Godzilla to the island, brutally beating up the Gimantisses but also wreaking havoc on the scientists' place. Good thing that Reiko, having survived the natural desasters in her cave, finally meets up with them, offering them said cave for shelter. Godzilla meanwhile tries to teach his cowardly son a thing or 2 in fighting skills, while Reiko also befriends him & gives him some motherly love. This comes in quite handy when she & Goro are attacked by the Gimantisses & she calls for help from the little one. Minya gets another sound beating though, but Godzilla does show up again & wrestles the insects down - more than a little displeased with his offsprings cowardice. It's not until the 2 of them have to fight the giant spider Spigas that Minya proves he can stand on his own. The scientists meanwhile have decided to give the idea of freezing over the island another try, & they are successful this time. The last shots show Godzilla & Minya wandering through a snow-covered island, finally embracing each other & giving in to hibernation - actually a pretty atmospheric, almost poetic scene you wouldn't expect in a giant monster movie. The humans, by the way, are saved by a submarine.

 

Jun Fukuda's Godzilla-movies were never quite on par with Ishiro Honda's: While Honda usually had a big city for his monsters to destroy, the Fukuda-Godzilla-backdrop was often an island paradise (see also Nankai no Daiketto/Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster), & also, in his movies Godzilla had increasingly become the good guy. Still, if you like giant monster battles, preferably tag-team, these movies have a certain naive charm, as does Son of Godzilla. The idea to give the giant dinosaur a cute-ish son though is not all that great, & to even show him educate Minya almost human-like is just pure camp.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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