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Destroy All Monsters
Destroy all monsters

Foreign title(s):

Kaijū Sōshingeki

General Information

Directed by:

Ishiro Honda

Produced by:

Tomoyuki Tanaka

Written by:

Ishiro Honda
Takeshi Kimura

Music by:

Akira Ifukube

Production Information

Distributed by:

Toho Company Ltd.JP
AIPUS

Release date:

August 1, 1968

Rating:

GU.S.

Budget:

¥200,000,000

Box office:

¥230,000,000

Running time:

88 minutesJP
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
88 minutesU.S.
(1 hour, 28 minutes)

Designs used:

SoshingekiGoji
ShodaiMinira
SoshingekiAngira
ShodaiGoro
SoshingekiRado
SoshingekiMosuLarva
SoshingekiManda
ShodaiKumo
ShodaiBara
ShodaiBaran
ShodaiGhido

Film Chronology

Previous:

Son of Godzilla

Next:

All Monsters Attack

 

Destroy All Monsters (怪獣総進撃,   Kaijū Sōshingeki?, lit. Attack of the Marching Monsters) is a 1968 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the ninth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 1, 1968.


Plot

At the close of the 20th century, all of the Earth's kaiju have been collected and confined in an area known as Monsterland, by the United Nations Science Committee, in the Ogasawara island chain. A special control center is constructed underneath the island to ensure the monsters stay secure, and serve as a research facility to study them. When communications with Monster Island are suddenly and mysteriously severed, and all of the monsters begin attacking world capitals, Dr. Yoshida of the UNSC orders Captain Yamabe and the crew of his spaceship, Moonlight SY-3, to investigate Ogasawara. There, they discover that the scientists, led by Dr. Otani, have become mind-controlled slaves of a feminine alien race identifying themselves as the Kilaaks, who reveal that they are in control of the monsters. Their leader demands that the human race surrender, or face total annihilation.

Godzilla attacks New York City, Rodan invades Moscow, Mothra lays waste to Beijing, Gorosaurus destroys Paris, and Manda attacks London, which is set in to motion to take attention away from Japan, so the aliens can establish an underground stronghold near Mt. Fuji in Japan. The Kilaaks then turn their next major attack on Tokyo, and without serious opposition, become arrogant in their aims, until the UNSC discover the Kilaaks have switched to broadcasting the control signals from their base under the Moon's surface. In a desperate battle, the crew of the SY-3 destroy the Kilaak's lunar outpost and return the alien control system to Earth.

With all of the monsters under the control of the UNSC, the Kilaaks unleash their hidden weapon, King Ghidorah. The three-headed space monster is dispatched to protect the alien stronghold at Mt. Fuji, and battles Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan. While seemingly invincible, King Ghidorah is eventually overpowered by the combined strength of the Earth monsters and is killed. Refusing to admit defeat, the Kilaaks produce their trump card, a burning monster they call the Fire Dragon, which begins to torch cities and destroys the control center on Ogasawara. Captain Yamabe pursues this new threat in the SY-3, and narrowly achieves victory for the human race. The Fire Dragon is revealed to be a flaming Kilaak saucer and is destroyed. Godzilla and the other monsters are eventually returned to Monsterland to live in peace.

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.

  • Akira Kubo   as   Moonlight SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
  • Jun Tazaki   as   Doctor Yoshido
  • Yukiko Kobayashi   as   Kyoko Yamabe
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Doctor Otani
  • Kyoko Ai   as   Kilaak Queen
  • Andrew Hughes   as   Doctor Stevenson
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut Ogata
  • Yoshifumi Tajima   as   Major Tada
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Moon Base Commander Nishikawa
  • Yoshio Katsuda   as   Scientist
  • Heihachiro Okawa   as   Engineer
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Elderly Man Collecting Rocks
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Police Officer
  • Koji Uno   as   Reporter
  • Hideo Shibuya   as   Reporter
  • Hiroshi Okada   as   Doctor
  • Nadao Kirino   as   Special Police Force
  • Yutaka Oka   as   Special Police Force
  • Kamayuki Tsubono   as   Special Police Force
  • Seishiro Hisano   as   Moonlight SY-3 Engineer
  • Ken Echiyo   as   Moonlight SY-3 Engineer
  • Kenichiro Maruyama   as   Moon Base Personnel
  • Seishiro Kuno   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut Tani
  • Wataru Omae   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut Arima
  • Yasuhiko Saijô   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut Fujita
  • Naoya Kusakawa   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Controlled Monsterland Personnel
  • Toru Ibuki   as   Controlled Monsterland Personnel Tetsuo Ise
  • Susumu Kurobe   as   Controlled Monsterland Personnel Shin Kuroiwa
  • Minoru Ito   as   Controlled Monsterland Personnel Minoru Kudo
  • Rinsaku Ogata   as   Officer
  • Haruya Sakamoto   as   Officer
  • Saburo Iketani   as   Newscaster
  • Hisaya Ito   as   Soldier
  • Yukihiko Gondo   as   Soldier

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

  • Keiko Miyauchi   as   Kilaak
  • Atsuko Takahashi   as   Kilaak
  • Yoshio Miyata   as   Kilaak
  • Ari Sagawa   as   Kilaak
  • Kyoko Mori   as   Kilaak
  • Midori Uchiyama   as   Kilaak
  • Wakako Tanabe   as   Kilaak
  • Michiko Ishii   as   Kilaak
  • Haruo Nakajima   as   Military Advisor

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons

Vehicles

Locations

Races

Alternate titles

  • Charge of the Monsters (Literal Japanese title)
  • Godzilla: Blitz Battle (ゴジラ電撃大作戦?, Gojira Dengeki Daisakusen; Japanese Re-release title)
  • Operation Monsterland (England)
  • The Invaders Attack (Les envahisseurs attaquent; France; French Belgium)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Space (Frankenstein und die Monster aus dem all; Germany)
  • The Heirs of King Kong (Gli eredi di King Kong; Italy)
  • Extraterrestrial Invasion (Invasión Extraterrestre; Spain)
  • The Monsters are Threatening the World (Hirviöt uhkaavat maailmaa; Finland)
  • Starfield Monsters (Feza Canavarları; Turkey)
  • The Awakening of the Monsters (O Despertar dos Monstros; Brazil)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - August 1, 1968; December 17, 1972 (Re-release)
  • United States - May 23, 1969
  • England - 1968
  • Portugal - October 6, 1968
  • Italy - April 1969
  • Turkey - December 8, 1969; June 7, 1971 (Re-release)
  • Ireland - April 24, 1970
  • France - September 30, 1970
  • Belgium - 1970
  • Germany - January 27, 1971
  • Sweden - July 10, 1971
  • Finland - August 4, 1972
  • Spain - June 30, 1978; October 4, 2013 (Re-release)

U.S. release

Destroy All Monsters Poster United States 1

American Destroy All Monsters poster

American International Pictures released Destroy All Monsters theatrically in North America in 1969. The Americanization was handled by Titan Productions, formerly Titra Studios. There were some minor alterations done to prepare the film for U.S. release:

  • Dialogue was dubbed to English (featuring the voices of actors such as Hal Linden).
  • Dialogue: The first line of opening narration was changed from "It's the end of the 20th Century," to the specific year, "The year is 1999."
  • Deleted: Opening credits; Moved to the end of the film and changed to white credits against a black background with the original Akira Ifukube cue.
  • Deleted: Shot of Minilla covering his eyes while King Ghidorah drops Anguirus.

This version has been replaced on home video and television by Toho's international version. While uncut and widescreen, it features an English dub track produced by William Ross' Tokyo-based Frontier Enterprises used to sell the film to overseas markets in 1968. When American International Pictures was provided with this dub initially, it found the dubbing to be substandard and handed the film over to Titan Productions in New York to record a new English dialogue track.

Box office

Destroy All Monsters had a budget of roughly ¥200,000,000 and received an attendance of 2,580,000 on its original August 1, 1968 Japanese release.

Reception

Destroy All Monsters has received acclaim among Godzilla fans. The New York Times did not review the film upon release, but film critic Howard Thompson gave it a positive review on a re-release at a children's matinee with the Bugs Bunny short, Napoleon Bunny-Part, in December of 1970. He commented that "the feature wasn't bad at all of this type. The trick photography and especially the blended sweep and skill of the miniature settings provided the visual splash. The human beings, with good dubbed English voices, were a personable lot as they wrestled with some outer space culprits who had rounded up Japan's favorite monsters and turned them against the planet Earth."

Among modern critics, Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique wrote, "In the end, Destroy All Monsters is too slim in its storyline, too thin in its characterizations, to be considered a truly great film. It is not as impressive as the original Godzilla, and it is not as hip as Monster Zero. But for the ten-year-old living inside us all, it is entertainment of the most awesome sort." Matt Paprocki of Blogcritics said the film is "far from perfect" and "can be downright boring at times" but felt that "the destruction scenes make up for everything else" and "the final battle is an epic that simply can't be matched."

Home media releases

ADV Films (1999)[1]

  • Released: February 22, 2000
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 88 minutes run time, 1 disc, International version

Toho (2003)

  • Released: 2003
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese

ADV Films (2004)[2]

  • Released: May 18, 2004
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 88 minutes run time, 1 disc, International version

Madman (2006)

  • Released: Madman
  • Region: Region 4

Tokyo Shock (2011)[3]

  • Released: November 8, 2011
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English (Subtitles)
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 88 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Tokyo Shock (2011)[4]

  • Blu-ray
  • Released: November 8, 2011
  • Language: Japanese, English (Subtitles)
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 88 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Trivia

  • This film has the greatest number of monsters to appear in one Godzilla movie of the Showa series, and the second greatest number out of all the films, only surpassed in 2004 by Godzilla: Final Wars. While the film stars many familiar faces from the Godzilla series, such as Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Minilla, Kumonga, Anguirus, and of course Godzilla himself, the film also incorporates several other monsters that had previously appeared in Toho's non-Godzilla films. These monsters are Baragon, Manda, Varan, and Gorosaurus.
  • Destroy All Monsters Original Draft

    Art depicting the original draft of Destroy All Monsters

    Originally, the film was meant to feature King Kong, Ebirah and Maguma. Both were replaced by Anguirus, Minilla and Gorosaurus.[5]
  • In Godzilla: The Series, there was a three-part story arc called Monster Wars. During these episodes, aliens known as the Tachyons appear and take control of the monsters of Earth, sending them to attack the planet's major cities. They are eventually defeated and their base of operations is turned into Site Omega or, as it is more commonly called, Monster Island.
  • Destroy All Monsters was intended to be the last Godzilla movie, but due to its success Toho decided to continue producing more films. However, the next film, All Monsters Attack, was comprised primarily of stock footage from previous films due to the massive budget required for Destroy All Monsters.
  • This film is one of only two films where Mothra appears without her Shobijin. The only other was Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
  • Of all the kaiju in the film, Baragon and Varan are the least prominent. Both monsters are only seen in two brief shots in the entire film. This is because the suits used for both creatures were in a state of disrepair during the shooting of Destroy All Monsters. The Varan suit was 11 years old and not in good shape, and the Baragon suit had been altered considerably to portray different multiple different monsters in Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman series. Repairs on the suit continued even during shooting, and the planned scene of Baragon's attack on Paris had to be altered. Gorosaurus was placed in the sequence instead, meaning the monster gained Baragon's burrowing ability. In the scene where news of the monsters' attacks on the world's major cities is reported on TV, the news anchor states that the monster attacking Paris is, in fact, Baragon. This inconsistency occurs in both the original Japanese and altered American versions of the film. Baragon himself only appears in one shot during the final battle and later on Monsterland during the film's ending. Varan is portrayed using only a small prop that appears briefly during the same two scenes.
  • The 1968 manga adaptation of Destroy All Monsters includes several significant differences from the film, most notably Baragon, Manda and Varan directly taking part in the final battle against King Ghidorah. The Fire Dragon is also more true to its title, assuming the full-fledged appearance of a dragon made of flames, despite still being a Kilaak UFO within. Baragon takes the place of Gorosaurus during the attack on Paris, while Manda's rampage in London is also shown.
  • Destroy All Monsters takes place in the then-near future at the end of the 20th century (specifically said to be 1999 in both English dubs), even though it was made in 1968 and all other movies in the Showa series are set in the year they were made.
  • In the movie Monsters vs. Aliens, the evil alien Galaxar commands his army to "destroy all monsters." If one listens to the commentary, the creators say that the line was put in as tribute to the Toho movie. They also called it the greatest movie of all time.
  • This film marks the second time Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah were under alien mind control since Invasion of Astro-Monster. This is also the only time Mothra was mind-controlled by aliens.
  • There is one brief use of stock footage, from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster , when King Ghidorah makes his first appearance.
  • This film marks the return of Anguirus, who hadn't been in a Godzilla film for thirteen years. Anguirus would later play important roles in Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
  • The 2013 kaiju film, Pacific Rim, shares a similar concept of aliens trying to take over the Earth by using kaiju under their control.
  • Gareth Edwards stated that if the 2014 American Godzilla film was successful enough to spawn a sequel, he would do a Destroy All Monsters-type sequel.

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