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All Monsters Attack
Godzilla's Revenge 1969

Foreign title(s):

Gojira Minira Gabara: Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki

General Information

Directed by:

Ishiro Honda

Produced by:

Tomoyuki Tanaka

Written by:

Shinichi Sekizawa

Music by:

Kunio Miyauchi
Lilly Sasaki
Gendai Kano

Production Information

Distributed by:

Toho Company Ltd.JP
Maron Films U.S.

Release date:

December 20, 1969

Rating:

GU.S.

Budget:

¥???,???,???

Box office:

¥260,000,000

Running time:

70 minutesJP
(1 hour, 10 minutes)
69 minutesU.S.
(1 hour, 9 minutes)

Designs used:

SoshingekiGoji
ShodaiMinira
ShodaiGabara
ShodaiKama
ShodaiHitokui

Film Chronology

Previous:

Destroy All Monsters

Next:

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

 

All Monsters Attack (ゴジラ•ミニラ•ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃,   Gojira Minira Gabara: Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki?, lit. Godzilla's Revenge) is a 1969 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the tenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 20, 1969.


Plot

Ichiro Miki is a highly imaginative but lonely latchkey kid growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to his family's empty apartment. His only friends are a toymaker named Shinpei Inami and a young girl named Sachiko. Every day after school, Ichiro is terrorized by a gang of bullies led by a child named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro fantasizes about visiting Monster Island, where he befriends Minilla, the son of Godzilla, who has the inexplicable power to change his size and speak human language. During these daydreams, Ichiro watches as Minilla deals with his own bully, a monster also named Gabara. It is through these fantasies that he learns how to face his fears and fight back. These lessons also grant him the courage to outwit two bumbling bank robbers, as well as have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang in a final confrontation.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Tomonori Yazaki   as   Ichiro Miki
  • Eisei Amamoto   as   Toy Consultant Shinpei Inami
  • Sachio Sakai   as   Bank Robber Senbayashi
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Bank Robber Okuda
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Ichiro's Father Kenkichi Miki
  • Machiko Naka   as   Ichiro's Mother Tamie Miki
  • Shigeki Ishida   as   Landlord
  • Midori Uchiyama   as   Saichiko
  • Junichi Ito   as   Gabara boy
  • Yoshifumi Tajima   as   Detective
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Assistant Detective
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Trainman
  • Yutaka Nakayama   as   Billboard Painter
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Bartender
  • Midori Uchiyama   as   Minilla (voice)

Appearances

Monsters

Vehicles

Locations

Alternate titles

  • Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters Attack (Literal Japanese title)
  • Godzilla's Revenge (United States)
  • Attack All Monsters (Original international title)
  • Minya, Son of Godzilla (Alternate American title)
  • The Island of the Monsters (La isla de los monstruos; Spain)
  • The Return of Gorgo (Il ritorno di Gorgo; Italy)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - December 20, 1969
  • United States - December 8, 1971
  • Italy - 1969
  • Portugal - January 2, 1970

U.S. release

Godzilla's Revenge American Poster

American Godzilla's Revenge poster

All Monsters Attack was released on December 8, 1971 by Maron Films aka UPA as Godzilla's Revenge on a double bill with Island of the Burning Damned in North American theaters. There are some minor alterations:

  • Dialogue is dubbed to English.
  • The Japanese version featured the vocal song Monster March over the opening credits, while the American version features the instrumental jazz piece "Crime Fiction" composed by Ervin Jereb.
  • In the American version, Minilla is called "Minya," and is given a goofy male voice, while he was voiced by a female actress in the Japanese version.

In 1998 the U.S version was released by Simitar in DVD.

Box office

In Japan, the film sold 1,480,000 tickets. This was over a million tickets less than the previous Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters, and it was the first Godzilla film to sell less than 2 million tickets.

Reception

All Monsters Attack has gained very negative reviews from Godzilla fans, considering it the weakest of all the Godzilla films.

Home media releases

Simitar (1998)[1]

  • Released: May 6, 1998
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 70 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Classic Media (2002)[2]

  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Region: Region `
  • Language: English
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 70 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Toho (2004)

  • Released: 2004
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese

Madman (2006)

  • Released: 2006
  • Region: Region 4

Classic Media (2008)[3]

  • Released: July 1, 2012
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 69 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese and American version

Trivia

  • All Monsters Attack is considered by many fans to be the worst Godzilla film, often along with the 1998 film.
  • Due to this film's extensive use of stock footage, it currently holds the title of the second-largest amount of kaiju footage shown in a single film, after its predecessor Destroy All Monsters.
  • All Monsters Attack is similar to Gamera: Super Monster because both were made in the Showa era, have a large amount of stock footage, have a kid as the main protagonist, and are considered the worst in their respective series.
  • This is one of three films in which monsters speak. The other two are Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, though it was translated by the Shobijin, and Godzilla vs. Gigan, where Godzilla speaks to Anguirus.
  • Although Ichiro says Rodan lives on Monster Island, he does not make any kind of appearance in the entire movie.

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