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Godzilla Films
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
Toho Kaiju Film
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Son of Godzilla
Directed by
Jun Fukuda
Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by
Shinichi Sekizawa,
Kazue Shiba
Music by
Masaru Sato

Distributed by
Toho Company Ltd.JP
Walter Reade OrganizationUS
Rating

Not Rated

Budget
$???,???,???
Gross
$2,554,240
Running Time
84 minutesJP
(1 hour, 24 minutes)
82 minutesUS
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
Designs Used
MusukoGoji, ShodaiMinira, ShodaiKama, ShodaiKumo

Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子?, Kaijū-tō no Kessen Gojira no Musuku, lit. Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son) is a 1967 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the eighth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 16, 1967.


Plot

A team of scientists stationed on Sogell Island attempts to perfect a weather control system. Their efforts are hampered by the presence of giant praying mantis-like creatures and by the arrival of a nosy reporter. The first test of the weather control system goes awry when the remote control for a radioactive balloon is jammed by an unexplained signal coming from the center of the island. The balloon detonates prematurely, creating a radioactive storm that causes the giant mantises to grow to enormous sizes. Investigating the mantises, now called Kamacuras, the scientists find the creatures digging an egg out from under a pile of earth. The egg hatches, revealing a baby Godzilla. The scientists realize that the baby's cries for help were the cause of the interference that ruined their experiment. Soon Godzilla himself arrives on the island, incidentally stomping the scientist's base as he rushes to defend his offspring. Godzilla kills 2 Kamacuras. One is killed by being beaten up in an action move based off of the Waltz, and the other is blown up by Godzilla's atomic breath.

The baby quickly grows to about half the size of his father, and Godzilla instructs the child on the important monster skills of roaring and using his radioactive breath. At first, the baby has difficulty producing anything more than smoke rings, but Godzilla discovers that stressful conditions, such as stomping on the baby's tail, produce a true radioactive blast. Dubbed Minilla, the baby comes to the aid of Riko when she is attacked by a Kamacuras, but inadvertently awakens Kumonga, a giant spider. The spider attacks the caves where the scientists are hiding, and Minilla stumbles into the fray.

The scientists decide to complete their experiment, thereby freezing the monsters so they can escape. Godzilla comes to the aid of his offspring, and together the two are able to defeat Kumonga, with Minilla finally learning to control his radioactive blast. As the scientists escape to a waiting submarine they witness Minilla succumbing to the cold. Unable to abandon his offspring, Godzilla shelters his son in his arms, and the two fall unconscious. The scientists realize that the cold has placed the two monsters into a state of hibernation, but they will awaken once the snow melts and live in peace on the island.

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   Goro Maki
  • Bibari Maeda   as   Riko Matsumiya
  • Doctor Kusumi   as   Tadao Takashima
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Fujisaki
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Furukawa
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Morio
  • Kenichiro Maruyama   as   Ozawa
  • Seishiro Kuno   as   Tashiro
  • Yasuhiko Saijo   as   Suzuki
  • Susumu Kurobe   as   Navigator
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Pilot
  • Wataru Omae   as   Radio Operator
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Surveyor
  • Osman Yusuf   as   Submarine Captain

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Son of Godzilla.

Soundtrack

Main article: Son of Godzilla (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son (Literal Japanese Title)
  • The Son of Godzilla (El hijo de Godzilla; Spain; Mexico; Il figlio di Godzilla; Italy; Syn Godzilla; Poland)
  • The Planet of the Monsters (La planète des monstres; France; French Belgium; De planeet der monsters; Dutch Belgium)
  • Frankenstein's Monster Hunt: Godzilla's Son (Frankensteins Monster jagen Godzillas Sohn; Germany)
  • Godzilla's Son (Godzillas son; Sweden)
  • Frankenstein's Island (Frankensteinin saari; Finland)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - December 16, 1967; August 1, 1973 (Re-Release)
  • United States - 1969
  • Italy - 1969
  • Germany - 1971
  • Sweden - 1973
  • Finland - 1976
  • Netherlands - 1978

U.S. Release

When Son of Godzilla was released in the United States, it was distributed by the Walter Reade Organization.

Video Releases

Toho (2003)

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

TriStar (2004)[1]

  • Released: December 14, 2004
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English (Dubbed)
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 84 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese and American versions

Madman (2006)[2]

  • Released: January 31, 2006
  • Region: Region 4
  • Other Details: 1 disc

Box Office

When Son of Godzilla was released on December 16, 1967 in Japan, it sold 2,480,000 tickets. When the film was re-issued on August 1, 1973, it received 610,000 attendees, adding up to a rough attendance total of 3,090,000.

Reception

The film received mixed reviews. Critics enjoyed the style and monster fights, but thought the film was too childish. It currently owns a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film sold 2,480,000 tickets. It was released for TV in the US in 1969, and was not screened for critics.

Videos

Trivia

  • Son of Godzilla is very similar to the previous year's Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. Both take place largely on a south pacific island populated by monsters, and both include a "native girl" among the cast. Also, both end in a similar way, with the heroes waving goodbye to the monsters as the island is destroyed/frozen. The similarities are due to the faces behind the scenes that worked on both films, including director Jun Fukuda and music composer Masaru Sato.
  • The suit in this film, MusukoGoji, was used again in Godzilla vs. Gigan for the water scenes.
  • Son of Godzilla is the last Showa era film that takes place within a set continuity, as the next year's Destroy All Monsters took place 32 years after the events of this film. 1969's All Monsters Attack hardly picks up where Son of Godzilla left off, and the next five films (1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah through 1975's Terror of MechaGodzilla) fare no better in terms of tying the 1960's and 1970's films together in one, flawless timeline. What happens to Godzilla, his son, and the other monsters between 1967 and 1971 (between the films Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Hedorah) is up to the viewer to decide.

References

This is a list of references for Son of Godzilla. 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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