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Godzilla Films
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Son of Godzilla
Toho Kaiju Film
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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Directed by
Jun Fukuda
Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by
Shinichi Sekizawa
Music by
Masaru Sato
Distributed by
Toho Company Ltd.JP
Walter Reade OrganizationUS
Rating

Not Rated

Budget
¥???,???,???
Gross
¥300,030,000
Running Time
87 minutesJP
(1 hour, 27 minutes)
82 minutesUS
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
Designs Used
DaisensoGoji, ShodaiMosuImago, ShodaiEbira

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘?, Godzilla Ebirah Mothra: Nankai no Daikettō lit. Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas) is a 1966 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the seventh installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1966.


Plot

After his brother Yata is lost at sea, young Ryota steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. This motley crew runs afoul of sea monster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of Devil's Island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their nefarious purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken a dormant Mothra to rescue them. In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant shrimp escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by a giant condor and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them. The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.

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 Takarada   as   Yoshimura
  • Kumi Mizuno   as   Dayo
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Ichino
  • Hideo Sunazuka   as   Nita
  • Toru Watanabe   as   Ryota
  • Toru Ibuki   as   Yata
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Red Bamboo Captain Ryuui
  • Jun Tazaki   as   Red Bamboo Commander
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Elderly Slave
  • "Pair Bambi"   as   Shobijin
  • Eisei Amamoto   as   Red Bamboo Naval Officer
  • Hisaya Ito   as   Red Bamboo Scientist
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Red Bamboo Scientist
  • Chieko Nakakita   as   Mother of Ryota and Yata
  • Fumiko Honma   as   Spiritualist
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Farmer
  • Shoichi Hirose   as   Infant Islander
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Infant Islander
  • Wataru Omae   as   Infant Islander
  • Kenichiro Maruyama   as   Infant Islander
  • Shigeki Ishida   as   Newspaper Editor

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

Soundtrack

Main article: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (United States)
  • The Monsters from the Sea (Los monstruos del mar; Spain)
  • Godzilla versus the Terror of the Seas (Godzilla contra el terror de los mares; Mexico)
  • Ebirah, horror of the seas, versus Godzilla (Ebirah, terror de los mares, vs. Godzilla; Mexico)
  • Ebirah, Horror in the Depths! (Ebirah, horror en las profundidades!; Colombia)
  • Ebirah versus Godzilla (Ebirah contre Godzilla; France)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from the Ocean (Frankenstein und die ungeheuer aus dem meer; Germany)
  • The Return of Godzilla (Il ritorno di Godzilla; Italy)
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Godzilla, uhyernes konge; Sweden)
  • Ebirah: The Monster of Magic (EBIRAH - POTWOR Z GŁĘBIN; Poland)
  • Mothra the Flying Dracula Monster (Motta het vligiende Dracula monster; Holland)
  • Ebirah: Monster Island (Ebirah, canavarlar adasi; Turkey)

Theatrical Releases

U.S. Release

In 1968, the film was released directly to television in North America by the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to not receive North American theatrical distribution. There were several small alterations made:

  • Dialogue was dubbed to English.
  • Captain Ryuui's name was changed to Yamoto.
  • Deleted: The opening credits sequence. This version features only the title card, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.
  • Deleted: A scene where Ryoto goes to the Maritime Safety office and sees a poster on the wall for a dance contest.
  • Deleted: Rock music that played in the Japanese version during Godzilla and Ebirah's battle.

Box Office

When Ebirah, Horror of the Deep was released theatrically in Japan on December 17, 1966, it had an attendance of 3,450,000. When the film was re-issued on July 22, 1972, it received 760,000 attendees, adding up to a total of roughly 4,210,000 tickets sold.

Reception

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep has met with mixed reviews from the Godzilla fanbase, though many have agreed that it's one of the weaker entries in the series.

Video Releases

Toho (2003)

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

Madman (2005)

  • Released: 2005
  • Region: Region 4

TriStar (2005)[1]

  • Released: February 8, 2005
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 83 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese and American versions

Kraken Releasing (2014)[2]

  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.77:1 aspect ratio, 88 minutes run time, 1 disc, version

Kraken Releasing (2014)

  • Blu-ray
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Language: Japanese, English

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • This is the first Godzilla film in which an uncharted island is the primary setting rather than a location inside Japan.
  • The film originally didn't involve Godzilla, but was meant for King Kong. That explains why Godzilla was revived by lightning and why the opposing monsters in the film have no special abilities. It may also explain why Godzilla fights Mothra, despite becoming allies previously; because King Kong had never met Mothra.
  • The Godzilla suit used for this film is the same "DaisensoGoji" suit used the previous year for Invasion of Astro-Monster, this is the last movie where this suit gets used throughout.

References

This is a list of references for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. 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]

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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
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Daimajin Films DaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of Daimajin
Mothra Films MothraRebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
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