Mekagojira no Gyakushu
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Monsters from an Unknown Planet / Godzilla - Die Brut des Teufels / The Escape of Mechagodzilla / Mechagodzilla vs Godzilla
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Ishiro Honda
starring Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida, Goro Mutsumi, Tadao Nakamura, Shin Roppongi, Tomoe Mari, Toru Ibuki, Kenji Sahara, Kotaro Tomita, Ikio Sawamura, Masaaki Daimon, Toshio Kirishima, Kazuo Suzuki, Haruo Suzuki, Toru Kawai, Ise Mori, Katsumi Nimiamoto, Toshihiko Furuta, Shizuko Higashi
written by Yukiko Takayama, music by Akira Ifukube, special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano
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A loose sequel to previous year's Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla:
While earth scientists are still searching for the shattered body of
Mechagodzilla after his last clash with Godzilla, aliens (led by Goro
Mutsumi) have already collected them and reassembled the robot in their
underground hideout. But they don't know yet how to control it, and to
that end, they have employed earth-scientist Mafune (Akihiko Hirata), who
has turned his back on mankind after he was ridiculed for his claims that
he can mindcontrol a dinosaur, Titanosaurus, and whose daughter Katsura's
(Tomoko Ai) life they once saved - by turning her into a robot. Now the
aliens think that only Mafune can give Mechagodzilla the necessary spark
of life. Mafune agrees, but he has his own agenda and wants to defeat both
aliens and humans with his Titanosaurus.
It all of course culminates in a showdown in which Titanosaurus and
Mechagodzilla fight Godzilla for world domination, but the humans have
found out that Titanosaurus is sensitive to supersonic sound and this way
disturb Mafune's mind control. Plus, there are two humans, Interpol agent
Murakoshi (Katsumasa Uchida) and biologist Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki),
who have made it their agenda to save the world, plus Ichinose has fallen
in love with Mafune's daughter Katsura, who in turn has been turned into
the brain of Mechagodzilla ... but in the end, she realizes her love for
Ichinose is stronger than her hatred of mankind and she takes her own life
in order to save mankind from Mechagodzilla ... and with Mechagodzilla out
of order and Titanosaurus affected by supersonic rays, it's no problem for
Godzilla (who's the good guy in this one) to save the earth once more ...
Of course, the story is about as silly as giant monster/giant
robo-stories can get, but if you don't use your brain too much, this is an
enjoyable threeway monster brawl. That said it's of course not a good
film, not even a better entry into the Godzilla series -
it's just an entertaining piece of monster/trash-cinema.
By the way the last film by Inoshiro Honda as a director and the last
of the original Godzilla series - Return
of Godzilla, the first of the second series, wouldn't be produced
until 9 years later.