Kaijuto No Kessen: Gojira No Musuko (1967)
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A group of scientists are on tropical Solgel Island in the Pacific to conduct weather control experiments. Just before they begin, they find giant preying mantises measuring 25 feet tall called Kamakaras. They decide to go ahead with the experiments, but a malfunction in one of the devices and as a result a radioactive storm that pushes the temperature up to two hundred degrees. The storm also causes the mantises to grow even bigger to 100 feet tall. The mantises then make their way to a huge mound where they uncover a giant egg which contains a young Godzilla, later named Minilla. Eventually, Godzilla shows up and saves his offspring. The rest of the movie features Godzilla taking care of and teaching his young son the skills that will eventually help him to become the new "King of Monsters" as well as fighting the Kamakaras and a giant spider named Kumoga.
Japan's Greatest Foe Delivers an Heir!
Also Known As:
Son of Godzilla
Title: Kaijuto No Kessen: Gojira No Musuko
Release Date: June 26, 1976
Runtime: 84 mins
All Genres: Family, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Buried.com Rating: 5.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K
MPAA Rating: G
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for some sci-fi monster violence.
Tadao Takashima ...Dr. Kusumi
Akira Kubo ...Goro Maki
Bibari Maeda ...Riko (Saeko) Matsumiya
Akihiko Hirata ...Fujisaki
yoshio Tsuchiya ...Furukawa
Kenji Sahara ...Morio
Kenichiro Maruyama ...Ozawa
Seishiro Kuno ...Tashiro
yasuhiko Saijo ...Suzuki
Susumu Kurobe ...Navigator
Kazuo Suzuki ...Pilot
Wataru Omae ...Radio Operator
Chotaro Togin ...Surveyor
Seiji Onaka ...Gojira
Haruo Nakajima ...Gojira
'Little Man' Machan ...Minira
Osman yusuf ...Submarine Captain
More Movie Taglines:
- Japan's Greatest Foe Delivers an Heir!
- Ever see a monster hatch from a monster egg? You will!
- Goro Maki: [Godzilla and Minya are close by] Riko, I think they spotted us. Riko Matsumiya: No, it appears to be teaching its son. Goro Maki: Teaching its son? [Riko nods] Goro Maki: It's teaching its son all right. And, he's teaching its son just like people teaching its children, just like a papa. Riko Matsumiya: Well, it is a papa, isn't it? Goro Maki: Well sure, but I wouldn't want one like that. Riko Matsumiya: Nor I, everything's relative I guess. Goro Maki: You're right.
Fujisaki: [referring to Goro's refusal to leave] Do you still insist? Goro Maki: Yes. Dr. Kusumi: We don't need any publicity. Goro Maki: Who said I was doing this for your publicity? I'm working for myself. The smell of a story... Fujisaki: The smell of a story? Goro Maki: Yes. The smell of a story attracts me. The readers will decide whether to read it or not. I report what I see.
- A pool was set up on stage nine during the production (stage nine is one of the largest on Toho's lot in Setagaya). They used the pool, which was about five feet deep, to film the shot of Godzilla rising above the surface of the ocean. Haruo Nakajima (the actor in Godzilla suit) was on a cart on a rail. He held onto the handle of the cart while it was towed by a truck. As the cart moved forward, he slowly rose out of the water. He wore a very tiny air cylinder that contained enough air for about ten minutes. The water that rushed by his face while the cart was being towed made it very difficult for him to prevent the mouthpiece from coming out of his mouth.
This was the second film of the Godzilla series to be sold directly to TV (the first one was Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (_Gojira-Ebira-Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966)_
Much of this film was done on Guam not only to take advantage of the island locale, but to save money by not having to build costly miniatures.
Scenes from this movie are later seen in "Godzilla's Revenge," and "Godzilla vs. Gigan."
Godzilla's look transformed from a part menacing-like look into a loving father after Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. By this time, it became obvious that Godzilla movies were now being made to suit children. In Godzilla's new look in Son of Godzilla, his eyes were made larger and his snout shorter. The shape of his head resembles that of a human head, probably, to make Godzilla less scary. The tone for Son of Godzilla was a playful and goofy tone, and Godzilla's look contrasted with it beautifully. This suit was later used in Godzilla vs. Gigan in the swimming scenes.
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