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Godzilla Films
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
Terror of MechaGodzilla
Toho Kaiju Film
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla 1974
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
Directed by
Jun Fukuda
Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by
Jun Fukuda,
Masami Fukushima,
Shinichi Sekizawa,
Hiroyasu Yamamura
Music by

Masaru Sato


Distributed by
Toho Company Ltd.JP
Cinema SharesUS
Rating
Not Rated

Budget
¥???,???,???
Gross
¥???,???,???
Running Time
84 minutesJP
(1 hour, 24 minutes)
80 minutesUS
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Designs Used
MegaroGoji, ShodaiNiseGoji, ShodaiMekaGoji, ShodaiShisa, SoshingekiAngira

Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ?, Gojira tai Mekagojira; lit. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla) is a 1974 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the fourteenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 21, 1974.


Plot

According to an Okinawa legend, when a black mountain appears in the skies above the clouds, a monster will arrive and attempt to destroy the world. However, if this divination comes true, a red moon will set, two suns will arise (one being an optical illusion rising from the west), and two monsters will fight off evil to rescue the world. In a cave near the city, an engineer and an archaeologist uncover a statue of a strange lion-god creature, known as King Caesar. He is believed to be one of the monsters to fight for humankind in the prophecy. Later, a black mountain does appear in the sky. Godzilla then rises from a dormant volcano and starts on a rampage. Many people, however, do not believe Godzilla will be the monster to destroy Earth. That reflection is reinforced when Godzilla attacks Anguirus and nearly kills him. In a surprising turn of events, another Godzilla sets forth, only to discover that the rampant Godzilla is an impostor. Later revealed as MechaGodzilla, a robot of titanic proportions that was designed and created by ape-like aliens to destroy the original Godzilla. After Godzilla is beaten green and blue, he retreats to Monster Island, where he is hit by lightning over and over again. Meanwhile in Okinawa, King Caesar is successfully summoned, and prepares to fight MechaGodzilla. The two duke it out, and although King Caesar at first has the upper hand, he is thrown around until Godzilla returns, now super-charged with electricity. Eventually, the rampant mech is destroyed by Godzilla and Caesar. Caesar returns to his cave to rest, and Godzilla returns to the sea.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Jun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima, Shinichi Sekizawa, Hiroyasu Yamamura
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Music by   Masaru Sato
  • Cinematography by   Yuzuru Aizawa
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production Design by   Kazuo Satsuya
  • Assistant Directing by   Tsunesaburo Nishikawa
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano
  • Assistant Director of Special Effects   Koichi Kawakita

Cast

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

  • Masaaki Daimon   as   Gosuke Shimizu
  • Kazuya Aoyama   as   Masahiko Shimizu
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Professor Hideto Miyajima
  • Hiroshi Koizumi   as   Professor Wagura
  • Reiko Tajima   as   Saeko Kaneshiro
  • Hiromi Matsushita   as   Eiko Miyajima
  • Goro Mutsumi   as   Black Hole Alien Leader Kuronuma
  • Shin Kishida   as   Interpol Agent Nanbara
  • Masao Imafuku   as   Azumi High Priest
  • Beru-Bera Lin   as   Azumi Princess Nami
  • Takayasu Torii   as   Interpol Agent Tamura
  • Daigo Kusano   as   Black Hole Alien
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Ship's Captain
  • Yasuzo Ogawa   as   Construction Foreman

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla.

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster (Original United States Title)
  • Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster (Revised United States Title)
  • Godzilla vs. Cyber-Godzilla, the Destruction Machine (Godzilla contra Cibergodzilla, máquina de destrucción; Spain)
  • MechaKing Against Godzilla (MecaKing contra Godzilla; Mexico)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (King Kong gegen Godzilla; Germany)
  • Godzilla vs. the Robot (Godzilla contro i Robot; Italy)
  • Terror of MechaGodzilla (Terror MechaGodzilli; Poland)
  • Godzilla Against the MechaGodzilla (Godzilla a MechaGodzilla ellen; Hungary)

Theatrical Releases

U.S. Release

In 1977, Cinema Shares purchased the rights to Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla and released the movie through Downtown Distribution under the title Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster. As they had done with Godzilla vs. Megalon the previous year, Cinema Shares simply utilized the Toho-produced English dub. In July 1977, Universal Studios filed a lawsuit threat against Cinema Shares, claiming that the title was too similar to their TV productions, The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off The Bionic Woman. Cinema Shares then retitled the film Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster.

As with most of the other 1970's Godzilla films, the Japanese version of Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla featured several scenes with violent content and strong language. Cinema Shares retained the violent monster action, including a shot of Godzilla spraying blood. The edits include:

  • A new title card. In the Japanese and international versions, Godzilla's name flashes several times while a mountain explodes in the background. As Masaru Sato's music plays, the full title is revealed. In the Cosmic Monster version, the screen turns bright red (covering up the original title) and the film title and copyright information appear.
  • The opening credits were deleted.
  • Also deleted is a scene in which Nanbara, the INTERPOL agent, strangles one of the aliens. The final shoot-out between Nanbara and three of the simian invaders is similarly edited.
  • At the end of the Japanese version, King Caesar returns to his resting place and Godzilla to the sea. In a short epilogue, the Azumi princess runs through her homeland celebrating with many of the characters. One of the King Caesar statues appear as the Japanese symbol for "end" appears. Cinema Shares cut this short epilogue, with the exception of the final shot of the statue. A red bar appears on the right side of the screen, with "THE END" overlaid on it.
  • In 1988, New World Video released the film along with Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla vs. Gigan. This print was Toho's original, uncut international version, which restored all the cuts made by Cinema Shares. The film was shown on The Sci-Fi Channel throughout the 1990's under the title Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster, although this version was in fact Toho's international version but with a new title card.
  • In 2004, TriStar released the international version on DVD. The original Japanese audio was included as an extra audio track.

Box Office

The film sold approximately 1,330,000 tickets in Japan, 350,000 more than the previous Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Megalon.

Reception

The movie has become popular among fans in recent years for its campy music, colorful special effects and entertaining monster fights. The film's robust themes and fairly complex plot stand out against a time when the Godzilla franchise was being fueled by increasingly lower production values. It is considered the best-classic film of the 1970's Godzilla films, and is one of the most popular Godzilla films.

Outside of the circle, however, public reception is mixed at best.

Video Releases

Toho (2002)

  • Released: 2002
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese

TriStar (2004)[1]

  • Released:October 19, 2004
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 84 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Madman (2006)

  • Released: 2006
  • Region: Region 4

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla is the first Godzilla film to feature a beam lock. It does not last long, but it happens when Godzilla breathes atomic breath and MechaGodzilla shoots his eye beam. They lock for a few seconds before the combined rays explode sending Godzilla into the bay in pain and MechaGodzilla short-circuiting.
  • Special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano adopted MechaGodzilla's walk from the formal movements of Kabuki.
  • Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla was the 20th Anniversary Godzilla film.
  • In the scene where the disguised MechaGodzilla fights the real Godzilla, the suit used to portray the disguised MechaGodzilla would be reused at the end of Terror of MechaGodzilla to show Godzilla swimming away.
  • Strangely, when the Azumi princess has her vision at the beginning of the film foretelling of a monster coming to destroy mankind, it is portrayed through film stills from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster with flames overlaid on them. King Ghidorah can clearly be seen in the shots, and his roar is used as background sound. However, King Ghidorah does not appear again at any point in the remainder of the film.
  • This is the favorite Godzilla film of Godzilla: Final Wars director Ryuhei Kitamura, with his favorite kaiju being King Caesar.
  • This would be Anguirus' last film for 30 years.
  • This film is one of, if not the bloodiest Godzilla films. With the death of Eiji Tsuburaya in 1970, the series began to become more graphic in order to compete with rival monster films, like the Gamera series. Such scenes of gore includes the fight between MechaGodzilla (as Fake Godzilla) and Anguirus where MechaGodzilla breaks Anguirus' jaw in a brutal display: In the first fight between MechaGodzilla and Godzilla, when Godzilla falls into the water and blood rises to the surface, and when MechaGodzilla repeatedly fires his laser beam at Godzilla's neck, prompting blood to spray out of the wounds.
  • This film marks the second time Godzilla draws strength from lightning; the first was in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, and the third and final time was in the lightning induced by the atmospheric nuclear explosion from The Return of Godzilla.
  • Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla is the last Godzilla film directed by Jun Fukuda.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

Kaiju   Films
Godzilla Films Godzilla (1954 film)Godzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechaGodzillaTerror of MechaGodzillaThe Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. DestoroyahGodzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechaGodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final WarsGodzilla (2014 film)Godzilla 2
Gamera Films GameraGamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super MonsterGamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Advent of LegionGamera 3: Awakening of IrysGamera: The Brave
Daimajin Films DaimajinThe Return of DaimajinWrath of Daimajin
Mothra Films MothraRebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Miscellaneous Films GODZILLAKing Kong (1933 film)Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoSon Of KongThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasKing Kong EscapesSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathThe X From Outer SpaceKing Kong (1976 film)King Kong LivesYamato TakeruKing Kong (2005 film)CloverfieldGo! GodmanMonsters

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