Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster


GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER / GOJIRA TAI HEDORA (1971)

monsters: (GODZILLA, HEDORAH)

Hiroyuki Kawase.....................Ken - son of Dr. Yano
Toshie Kimura.........................Wife of Dr. Yano
Keiko Mari..............................Female dancer
Toshio Shibaki.........................Assistant to Dr. Yano who arranges the go-go on Mt. Fuji
Akira Yamauchi.......................Dr. Yano - scientist who discovers that Hedora can be dried out with electricit

Haruo Nakajima................GODZILLA
Kenpachiro Satsuma..........HEDORAH

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Special Effects: Shokei Nakano
Music: Riichiro Manabe
Photography: Yoichi Manoda
Writers: Yoshimitsu Banno & Kaoru Mabuchi
For the first time in the series, an environmental subplot was introduced with such intensity. Out of the muddy gutters and other refuse of civilization emerges Hedorah—a symbol of air, sea, and earth pollution. Feeding itself upon stack smoke, it grows more powerful and continues to mutate. It sets out to destroy Japan, leaving behind only burned-out, charred human skeletons. Our hero, a little Japanese boy, believes that Godzilla, like a good fairy, noble angel and protector of the oppressed, will come to the rescue. His dreams become a reality, and a titanic duel follows. One more time, our favorite monster must rely on human inventiveness—physical might is, after all, not everything one needs to fight evil. Hedorah is lured into a hellish electric trap and turned into a heap of ashes. Similar fate befalls its (his? hers?) eggs, which any moment now could have caused us two more troubles.
For the first and last time, Yoshimitsu Banno became the director. This may be the reason why Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster abounds in several atypical subplots. The movie’s atmosphere sometimes borders on the surreal. We encounter a group of Japanese hippies (!), and the culmination of this motif is the scene in a psychedelic disco, where one of the protagonists hallucinates. In the end, one and only time in history, we will se a levitating Godzilla...
The director Yoshimitsu Banno liked the antagonist monster so much he wanted to do a sequel for Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster and wrote a script. Becuase Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka hated Banno's style so much the project never got very far and never let Banno direct another Godzilla film. The next meeting with Godzilla will take place a year later, thanks to the battle-seasoned Jun Fukuda in Godzilla Vs. Gigan.

Pictures & Noises

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  • Hedorah is coming to disco: mp3 (26 sec 52.3 Kb)


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