Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

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The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.


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Cast & Crew

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Directors:

Jun Fukuda , Yoshimitsu Banno , Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Jun Fukuda, Takeshi Kimura (story "Gojira tai Uchu Kaijû"), Shin'ichi Sekizawa (story)

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25 February 2018 | NerdBat
5
| Not bad
I've seen every Godzilla movie at least once, but this one is something of a special case. They say this film was started and completed in the same month, which is an incredibly short amount of time for a feature film to be made. I can't say it has the best plot, basically Atlantis is pissed out of nowhere and sends a giant bug to attack Japan of all places, while "agents" of their Caucasian race attempt to take control of a simplistic Robot that looks like a gymnastics instructor. Well, all that put aside, the movie isn't actually that terrible. It was fun to see Gigan in another film besides his own, I feel he was always a bit under rated.

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Trivia

When creating the Megalon suit, Nakano, based the face based on the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, modeled the body after cicadas, and based its movements on grasshoppers. Other insects briefly considered were dragonflies and ladybug, with the choice of the rhinoceros beetle said to due to their popularity among children at the time.


Quotes

Radio Announcer: And now for the latest news flash: Earthquakes are still being experienced in many parts of the Pacific. It is feared many lives have been lost. According to the National Seismic Institute, the disturbances were undoubtedly caused by the nuclear ...
Hiroshi Jinkawa: ...


Goofs

One of the nude pinups on the rear window of the truck hauling the container changes between scenes.


Alternate Versions

The 1976 U.S. Cinema Shares release omits approximately 3 minutes from the original Japanese version in order to get a G rating. The deleted scenes include: the opening credits; a brief shot of young Rokuro being abducted and taken away in a car; several shots of the men in a truck, with pages from nudie magazines hanging behind them; an extended fight scene as Hiroshi escapes from the Seatopian; the truck drivers throwing a man off a cliff; the kidnappers asking "what the hell is that?" and yelling "go to hell!"; several brief shots of blood and violence when the brothers break into their home; and the Commander getting crushed to death by a giant boulder. This is the version that remains available on several cut-price video labels.


Soundtracks

Gojira to Jetto Jagâ de Panchi Panchi Panchi
("With Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, Punch Punch Punch")
Closing Theme
Music by
Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Sung by Masato Shimon

Storyline

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

April 1976

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

Filming Locations

Machida, Tokyo, Japan

Box Office

Budget:

$760,000 (estimated)

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