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Godzilla Films
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
Terror of MechaGodzilla
The Return of Godzilla
Toho Kaiju Film
Terror of MechaGodzilla 1975
Terror of 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
MekaGyakushuGoji, GyakushuMekaGoji, ShodaiChitano

Terror of MechaGodzilla (メカゴジラの逆襲?, Mechagojira no Gyakushū, lit. MechaGodzilla's Counterattack) is a 1975 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the fifteenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 15, 1975.


Plot

Continuing after the end of Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, Interpol agents, led by Inspector Kusaka, search for the wreck of MechaGodzilla at the bottom of the Okinawan Sea in the submarine, Akatsuki, to gather information on its builders, the aliens of the Third Planet from the Black Hole. But, the Akatsuki is suddenly attacked by a giant aquatic dinosaur called Titanosaurus, and the crew is apparently lost.

In response to the incident, Interpol begins to investigate. With the help of marine biologist Akira Ichinose, they trace the incident and Titanosaurus to a reclusive, mad scientist named Shinzô Mafune, who was forced to leave the institute, and now wants to destroy them as well as all of mankind. When visiting his old house in the seaside forest of Manazuru, they meet Mafune's lone daughter Katsura, who tells them that not only is her father dead, but she also burned all of his notes on the giant dinosaur, at her father's request. But unbeknownst to them, Mafune himself is alive and well, visited by his scientist friend Tsuda, who turns out to be an aide to the new black hole alien leader Mugal, who is leading the project to quickly rebuild MechaGodzilla. Mugal offers their services to Mafune, so that his Titanosaurus and their MechaGodzilla 2 will be the ultimate weapons. The ultimate goal of this new wave of black hole aliens is to wipe out mankind and rebuild cities around the world as a high-tech dystopia.

But things are complicated for both factions when Ichinose falls in love with Katsura, and unwittingly giving her Interpol's secret information against Titanosaurus, the new MechaGodzilla, and the aliens. We also find that Katsura is actually a cyborg, and Mugal may have use for her.

In the course of the film, Interpol discovers Titanosaurus' weakness: Supersonic waves. But when they construct a Supersonic Wave Oscillator, Katsura sabotages the machine, prompting Interpol to hastily repair it before Mafune and the aliens unleash MechaGodzilla and Titanosaurus on Tokyo.

And when the situation gets desperate, Godzilla comes to the rescue. After a long battle, Katsura commits suicide, and ends the Simian's control over MechaGodzilla and Titanosaurus. While Interpol distracts Titanosaurus with the Supersonic Wave Oscillator, Godzilla is able to destroy MechaGodzilla. After shooting down the Simian escape craft that are trying to get away from the planet, Godzilla then has a final battle with Titanosaurus after he was weakened by the Supersonic Wave Oscillator. Godzilla blasts Titanosaurus with atomic ray twice and Titanosaurus then falls back into into the water, with his fate being unknown.

As his human allies celebrate their victory, Godzilla returns to the sea and lets out a final roar.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Ishiro Honda
  • Written by   Yukiko Takayama
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka, Henry G. Saperstein
  • Music by   Akira Ifukube
  • Cinematography by   Sokei Tomioka, Yukio Manoda
  • Edited by   Yoshitami Kuroiwa
  • Production Design by   Yoshifumi Honda
  • Assistant Directing by   Kensho Yamashita
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano

Cast

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

  • Katsuhiko Sasaki   as   Biologist Akira Ichinose
  • Tomoko Ai   as   Katsura Mafune
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Doctor Shinji Mafune
  • Katsumasa Uchida   as   Interpol Agent Jiro Murakoshi
  • Goro Mutsumi   as   Black Hole Alien Leader Mugal
  • Toru Ibuki   as   Black Hole Alien Tsuda
  • Tadao Nakamaru   as   Interpol Chief Tagawa
  • Shin Roppongi   as   Yuuichi Wakayama
  • Tomoe Mari   as   Yuri Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Army Commander Segawa
  • Kotaro Tomita   as   Professor Ota
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Mafune's Silent Butler
  • Masaaki Daimon   as   Submarine Captain Kusakari
  • Toshio Kirishima   as   Black Hole Planet 3 Alien
  • Haruo Suzuki   as   Black Hole Planet 3 Alien
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Black Hole Planet 3 Alien

Appearances

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Terror of MechaGodzilla.

Soundtrack

Main article: Terror of MechaGodzilla (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • MechaGodzilla's Counterattack (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Terror of Godzilla (United States)
  • Monsters from an Unknown Planet (England)
  • Monsters of the Lost Continent (Les mostres du continent perdu; France)
  • The Brood of the Devil (Die brut des Teufels; Germany)
  • Destroy Kong! The Eath is in Danger! (Distruggete Kong! La Terra è in pericolo!; Italy)
  • Fighting in Starfield (Fezada mücadele; Turkey)

Theatrical Releases

U.S. Release

Terror of MechaGodzilla was distributed in the United States by Bob Conn Enterprises in 1978.

Box Office

In Japan, the film sold 970,000 tickets. It remains the lowest grossing Godzilla film of all time in Japan, and is also one of only two Godzilla films to sell less than one million tickets. As a result, the series was put on hold until returning in 1984 with The Return of Godzilla.

Reception

Despite being considered a bomb at the Japanese box office, it is often looked upon as a strong fan favorite. Fans praise this movie for its fun fight scenes, the return of series veterans like Ishiro Honda and Akira Ifukube, the darker tone compared to other Godzilla films from the 1970's, and interesting characters, like Dr. Mafune and Katsura.

Video Releases

Simitar (1998)[1]

  • Released: May 6, 1998
  • Region: All Regions
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 79 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Toho (2002)

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

Classic Media (2002)[2]

  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 79 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Madman (2007)

  • Released: 2007
  • Region: Region 4

Classic Media (2008)[3]

  • Released:
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 83 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • This was the last Godzilla film directed by Ishiro Honda.
  • This was Akihiko Hirata's final appearance in a Godzilla film.
  • This was Tomoko Ai's film debut. She was previously a semi-regular in the TV series Ultraman Leo.
  • This film, much unlike the films prior to it, had a much darker tone and returned to the original style of the series. It was much more serious and Titanosaurus was one of the more realistic kaiju of the Showa series.
  • This is the first Godzilla film to feature an original score by Akira Ifukube since 1968's Destroy All Monsters; although Ifukube's music had previously been used in 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan, it was all stock music from previous scores.
  • The monster situation in this film is the opposite of the previous, where it was Godzilla and King Caesar against MechaGodzilla. Also, MechaGodzilla is not a melee-capable fighter like his first version. This is shown in how, when Godzilla does finally get in close to attack, MechaGodzilla is incapable of fighting him off. Perhaps since Titanosaurus was backing him up, the aliens designed MechaGodzilla as a long-ranged attacker to back up Titanosaurus' melee power.
  • Humorously, MechaGodzilla's "new weapons" are his finger-launched missiles as before, only the hand spins several times very fast before firing them. What effect this has on the missiles' destructive ability is unknown. One character does mention them being a weapon with a faster rate of fire, but this is not enough to be noticeable.
  • Dr. Mafune's anatomical drawings are from Ultraman kaiju, specifically Kemular, Zaragas and Telesdon.
  • This film also had the first shot of nudity in a Godzilla film: Katsura's prosthetic breasts are exposed while Planet 3 surgeons operate on her lower heart area.

References

This is a list of references for Terror of 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]

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