Tamura wrote:This is something I never see mentioned that I think supports the theory that one scene was shot for domestic audiences, and another alternate scene was shot for international audiences featuring the missile attack: the Japanese and AIP versions feature their own, unique JSDF briefing scenes, with the latter featuring speaking roles by the American actors, or actors that are supposed to be seen as American. You can't really add the missile scene back to the Japanese version unless you cut out its version of the briefing scene. I guess it's also possible that the missile scene was the original plan, and that the briefing room scene in the Japanese version was its replacement.
I think the Frontier Missile scene was the original plan; aside from remembering sources that claimed as such, it seems odd for Toho to film a big SFX scene with miniatures and suits and explosions only
for international audiences and not for domestic consumption. That and at that time Toho was already including scenes with western actors into their films (the US nuclear sub in King Kong vs Godzilla
, the Rolisicians in Mothra
, and Robert Dunham’s character in Dogora
, to name a few; not to mention later films featuring Nick Adams and Russ Tamblyn).