Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

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Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Arrow » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:27 pm

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Godzilla and Rodan face off against King Ghidorah.

Discuss this all-time classic. I will say this: Akira Ifukube's "Monster War March" theme has been one of my favorite Godzilla themes to this day.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby HayesAJones » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:41 pm

This is a great movie. While I tend to overlook it because it comes after one of my favorite films of the series, it really is a lot of fun. It's stand out a lot for first introducing the idea of a alien race controlling the monsters as weapons, a plot point that would be used in a good number of future movies. And I love the "Monster War March" too.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Terrier » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:32 pm

One of my favourites too. I just love it. The monster scennes, though short, are great, specially the destruction scenne at the climax (Besides the stock footage scennes).

King Ghidorah is awesomly animated; there is a scenne that got stuck in my mind, before the space battle, with King Ghidorah flying in the distance like a shadow covered with mist... The space scennes are also great, I loved the design of the Xian kingdom.

But what made me respect this film are the references to the time it was made... you may remember from the other forum, that topic about the portray of communism, the space race, and Japan relationship with USA and wonder about the communist countries...

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby tokyostateofmind » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:39 pm

Yes. it gave us the great and immortal Monster Zero March, which no one can deny gets in your head quite easily.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby DaikaijuSokogeki! » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:57 am

Hmm, what to say about this film that hasn't already been said...the fact that Nick Adams gives one of the most convincing gaijin performances in a kaiju film ever? That Godzilla's jig is irresistibly cool? That this movie set the standard by which all future Toho alien invasion flicks would be based upon? Anyways, it's a highly entertaining movie and the last truly great work from the original four in my opinion. The final monster battle leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth because of its length and unsatisfying conclusion, though. *SPOILERS* I wouldn't have minded King Ghidorah running away if it hadn't given us the impression that Godzilla and Rodan may have died. :| *END SPOILERS*

So yeah, it's a great film and one definitely worth making a high priority if you're new to the genre.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Hedorah » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:18 am

I love this movie, sure it was a similar situation to the last movie, Ghidorah is back oh noez! But it has a great soundtrack, great fighting, and Godzilla showing off like a football player who just scored, it's a great movie!
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby TokyoVigilante » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:48 am

Probably one of the most interesting human stories in any Godzilla film. The cast is incredibly likable and charismatic and the kaiju perform with charm and personality. King Ghidorah looks better here, I think then in his debut. Mostly due to the suit looking more natural. The solid Gold hue is a bit duller and looks more convincing that way.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby ZigraDude » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:37 am

Monster Zero is one of my favorite Godzilla movies. The human cast really shines in this movie and makes up for the short battles, although I still enjoy them. The controller of Planet X is just awesome as well as Akira Takarada and Nick Adams. You really had a sense of feeling that those two were really good friends. And Godzilla dancing on Planet X is just made of win.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Blackout286 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:18 pm

Mmmm, I enjoy is Godzilla film fairly much. Great human cast, awesome Monster destruction and a great final bout against King Ghidorah. Although, at times there are some moments that do seem a bit dull and boring...But it doesn't over-shadow how great the movie is in general. But, Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster still holds the crown as the best Ghidorah movie out of the Ghidorah trilogy imo.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby g2kmaster » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:23 pm

This film is maybe the best of the "alien invasion films" because of how it is handled. We get a good plot twist and we see our heroes on another planet then ours. Now, I perfer the MG duology but this film did it better. Plus, Nick Adams just kicks ass. This film is tits.

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Hellblaze » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:51 am

Great film :D I have this movie on VHS and saw it on Monster Vision. Godzilla and Rodan team up and win against Ghidorah.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby GotengoXGodzilla » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:00 am

Amazing film. Great characters, an interesting plot, the villain wasn't just a monster this time around and another great score by Ifukube. True, there aren't a lot of fight scenes throughout the film, but that obviously wasn't the main focus of the film. And I appreciate that from a Godzilla film.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Dash 7 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:02 pm

I love this film. Probably my favorite Showa film alongside the original and ToMG. It's very well directed and the characters are enjoyable.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Mini-Godzilla » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:45 pm

An improvement over the previous Ghidorah movie. The alien invasion is now on in full force, and both Godzilla and Rodan must face the evil space dragon once again. Solid 60's camp, complete with delightfully hokey aliens and memorable scenes all around.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby Goji » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:07 pm

One of my favorite movies of all time. Period. Yes, the monsters don't have a lot of screen time, but that's okay. When they ARE on screen, they look bloody fantastic. The soundtrack to this film is also one of Akira Ifukube's very best, IMO. The Xians were awesome, and are definitely the "best" Aliens in the Godzilla series, IMOHO. The was also the last film where King Ghidorah actually looked good (He's already a little haggard looking by the time of DAM) in the Showa series. The film also has my personal favorite flying Rodan prop in the entire series. It looks really great in a few shots. Also, the DaisensoGoji suit looks SO much better in this film than it does in SEA MONSTER...

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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby HeiseiGodzilla117 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:03 am

Godzilla dances... Automatic Awesomeness. It's overall a pretty good film. I do have to say I prefer Ghidrah: The Three Headed Monster over this one. But it's still really good.

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Just watched Monster Zero today

Postby miguelnuva » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:28 pm

I noticed some things while I rewatched monster zero today.

1.Ghidorah burned Godzilla hands down to the bone for a brief second.

2.Rodan who took no damage from Godzilla's ray was hurt by Ghidorah's gravity beams.

3.Godzilla and Rodan either won and tied with Ghidorah I think it was a win.

4.(This may be me thking to hard about the movie) but Godzilla and Rodan seem to have made a pact of some sort and work better as a team as Godzilla begins more ariel attacks and better T&C skills and Rodan beings going into the water more and they are found close together by the xlians and were going to attack japan together once again acording to the xlians.

Anyway I going to go off on a limb and Say King Ghidorah is the most powerful Showa monster and could probely beat hedorah as his beams are hotter and more powerful then Godzilla's ray.
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Re: Just watched Monster Zero today

Postby Arbok » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:57 pm

miguelnuva wrote:1.Ghidorah burned Godzilla hands down to the bone for a brief second.


Going to say no, until I see pics otherwise. Assuming its the scene I'm thinking of, the hands were simply grayish due to the explosion effects that were used.

miguelnuva wrote:2.Rodan who took no damage from Godzilla's ray was hurt by Ghidorah's gravity beams.


Rodan's tough. He wasn't phased much by Godzilla's beam, and while he cried out when King Ghidorah struck him... he was still strong enough to stay airborne. Still, a point could probably be made that King Ghidorah's gravity bolts are more powerful than Godzilla's atomic ray.

miguelnuva wrote:3.Godzilla and Rodan either won and tied with Ghidorah I think it was a win.


Generally assumed, since King Ghidorah has a habit of fleeing after being defeated. If he had the upper hand, he probably would have stuck around causing destruction as he did in his debut film.

miguelnuva wrote:Anyway I going to go off on a limb and Say King Ghidorah is the most powerful Showa monster and could probely beat hedorah as his beams are hotter and more powerful then Godzilla's ray.


Well Hedorah wouldn't have been immune to his beams, since they weren't radiation based like Godzilla's is. However, his gravity beams don't have a prayer of drying Hedorah out, and he's really outclassed there. Shadorah, Hedorah and Mechagodzilla are pretty much the defacto forces to be reckoned with from the Showa series monsters.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby GodzillaDude » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:05 pm

King Ghidorah's gravity bolts are more powerful then Godzilla's atomic breath/ray in the Showa series anyway.
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Re: Talkback Thread #6: Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)

Postby godzillafan » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:44 pm

very good acting and this is my second favorite from the showa series
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