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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Gojira tai Mekagojira (original title)
Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

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Jun Fukuda

Writers:

Jun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masaaki Daimon Masaaki Daimon ... Keisuke Shimizu
Kazuya Aoyama Kazuya Aoyama ... Masahiko Shimizu
Reiko Tajima ... Saeko Kanagusuku
Akihiko Hirata ... Professor Hideto Miyajima
Hiromi Matsushita Hiromi Matsushita ... Ikuko Miyajima
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Wagura
Masao Imafuku Masao Imafuku ... Tengan Kunigami, the Azumi Royal Family High Priest
Bellbella Lin Bellbella Lin ... Nami Kunigami, the Azumi Royal Family Princess (as Barbara Lynn)
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Interpol Agent Nanbara
Gorô Mutsumi Gorô Mutsumi ... Alien Supreme Leader Kuronuma
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Yanagawa, Alien Agent #1
Takayasu Torii Takayasu Torii ... Interpol Agent Tamura
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Ship's Captain
Yasuzô Ogawa Yasuzô Ogawa ... Construction Foreman
Takamitsu Watanabe Takamitsu Watanabe ... Alien Henchman # 1
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Storyline

Aliens intend to take over the planet and, just in case Godzilla tries to interfere, have built a mechanical version of him to put an end to his interference. The Earth humans summon the legendary King Seesar to assist Godzilla in the battle. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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1977's New Godzilla See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,122,958
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main objective of Teruyoshi Nakano, director of special effects, was to show that Godzilla movies could be as exciting and boisterous as the popular and more expensive American effects-films of the time, hence, all the focus on big and colorful explosions in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The fake Godzilla disguise that MechaGodzilla initially wears makes little sense. MechaGodzilla's shape doesn't match up with his suit, for example he can bend his fingers when disguised, even though it's later revealed that his fingers are stiff, unbend-able missiles. He also has a large "crest" on his head, but when wearing the suit, his head is the shape of Godzilla's. See more »

Quotes

Professor Hideto Miyajima: This material can only be space titanium.
Masahiko Shimizu: Space titanium?
[pause]
Masahiko Shimizu: You mean it's from outer space?
Professor Hideto Miyajima: Uhum...
[and he lights a pipe]
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Alternate Versions

The older US television and video version (and no longer used) released by Cinema Shares had the "Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster" title (red background with title written in white letters in an almost circular pattern). Also, in the beginning of the film when they show Anguirus in Siberia, the Cinema Shares version is slightly bright, enabling you to see Anguirus and to see the snow on the mountain. The Japanese version is the same. In addition, the Cinema Shares version cuts the ending out and ends a few seconds after the huge explosion and when King Seesar re-seals himself back in the mountain. The end title shows a statue of King Seesar on the left and shows a red background with the words "The End" on the right. Later video re-releases use the newer "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" title in the US and has the Siberia scene exceptionally dark, making it hard to see Anguirus. But, this newer video version restores the full ending of the film, where you see the characters putting the King Seesar statue back in place (without this full ending, it would appear the heroes also die in the explosion). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

A Young Girl's Prayer
("Miyarabi No Inori")
Performed by Bellbella Lin
Music by Masaru Satô
Lyrics by Jun Fukuda
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An Enjoyable G-Film!!
25 April 2009 | by gigan-92See all my reviews

Godzilla's 14th film, his 20th Anniversary, is pretty good, better than the last two, that's for sure. Finally, we aren't bombarded with stock-footage, crappy monsters, and karate moves. The story was good, and so were most of the SFX. Plus, a reason of its own to give the film a star, it introduced MechaGodzilla, one of my favorite monsters! The story wasn't a rehash of the others and they actually brought back some of the best Toho actors, Akihiko Hirata and Hiroshi Koizumi! The music was all right for the most part, with its jazzy feel to it. The aliens are a bit of a disappointment, being monkeys, but they didn't ruin it like the cockroaches in "Godzilla vs. Gigan". This is the first film since "Godzilla vs. Hedorah", a whole three years (!!), for SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano to actually display something presentable and all of Mecha-G's rampage scenes are carried out nicely. But the doppelganger's chest ray looked too simple compared to his eye beams, which looked incredible. To the monsters....

Angiurus returns, now able to leap at his foes like Baragon in "Frankenstien Conquers the World", a bit odd but cool. His fight with Mecha-G is very physical, ripping Anguirus' jaws apart and all. Mecha-G was incredibly cool looking and all his weapons are brought to life fantastically. I'm glad he returns in "Terror of MechaGodzilla". King Seeser is actually a decent monster but I hate the fact that that braud had to sing for over a minute to awaken him! It was the Mothra song coming back to haunt us all. Godzilla is still the suit from "Godzilla vs. Megalon". The final battle was spectacular and fun goes to bloody levels never before seen in a G-film and the Monster King takes quite a beating. In this film Godzilla also doesn't do any goofy moves or that many human tactics. Of course, besides that scene where he missed his mechanical twin with his heat ray and seemed to snap his fingers in anger. The human characters all give good performances and a few espionage scenes, but the aliens' aluminum foil base wasn't that impressive.

I really enjoyed this movie and really think it's one of the better at a time when Godzilla films were really going downhill. The sequel surpasses this film, but the end of the original series I guess was inevitable at this point.


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