Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Japan Release: 1991
Running Time:
103 minutes

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah


Japanese Title

ゴジラ VS キングギドラ
[Gojira vs. Kingu Gidora]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

Time traveling from the 23rd century, a group calling themselves the Futurians arrive in Japan in the year 1992 to warn of a great danger resulting from Godzilla. To advert the crisis, the Futurians, seeking council from an author, Kenichiro Terasawa, who believes he knows how Godzilla was created: from a dinosaur on Lagos Island. Using the research as a guide, they travel further back in time to Lagos Island in 1944 to prevent the King of the Monsters from ever existing. Unknown to humanity, the Futurians have an alterative motive: creating a kaiju they can control. To achieve this, the monster King Ghidorah is created from exposing a genetic creation called the Dorats to the same radiation that would have made Godzilla. The three-headed monster rages across Japan, but is the original nuclear menace really gone...

Live Action Science Fiction KaijuGodzilla

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews

Titles

International Title

Godzilla vs. King Ghidora*

Initial US Title

Godzilla vs. King Ghidora
US Distributor: Tristar (1998) / Time: 100 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
[Literal translation]

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
[New International Title]

Godzilla: Duel of the Mega Dinosaur
[German]

 


Monsters



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

M11
M10



Staff

Cast

Directed by Kazuki Omori
Writing credits Kazuki Omori
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shogo Tomiyama
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Yoshinori Sekiguchi, Kenichi Eguchi
Film Editing by Michiko Ikeda
Production Design by Ken Sakai
Assistant Director Okihiro Yoneda
Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Assitant Director of Special Effects Kenji Suzuki
Kenichiro Terasawa Kosuke Toyohara
Emmy Kano, Futurian Anna Nakagawa
Miki Saegusa Megumi Odaka
Mazaki, Professor Katsuhiko Sasaki
Yuzo Tsuchiashi Akiji Kobayashi
Takehito Fujio Tokuma Nishioka
Yasuaki Shindo Yoshio Tsuchiya
Chiaki Moriyuma Kiwako Harada
Takayuki Segawa, Minister Kenji Sahara
Ikehata, Former Lagos Island Solider Koichi Ueda
Prime Minister So Yamamura
Army Chief Yasunori Yuge
Chuck Wilson, Futurian Chuck Wilson
Grenchiko, Futurian Richard Berger
M11 Robert Scott Field
Navy Ship Commander Kent Gilbert
Spielberg, Major Daniel Kahl

Posters


Box Office

Release Date: December 14th, 1991 (Japan)
Budget: ¥1,500,000,000 / $12,000,000 (Rough Figure)
Attendance: 2,700,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥1,450,000,000 / $11,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage



DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Tristar (1998) Order
United States Region 1 Triple Feature: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah Sony (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Toho (2002)
Australia Region 4 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Madman (2006)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Toho (2009)
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Sony (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Compilations

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Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 11th, 1992 with the registration number of PA0000595595. The title on the copyright claim was listed as Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and a variant that replaces "vs." with the Romaji "tai", Godzilla tai King Ghidorah. This listing is notable for the fact that Toho already stopped using the movie's original international title of Godzilla vs. King Ghidora by this time. The movie was also the last Godzilla film submitted to the US copyright office until 1996, when the other Heisei series titles were submitted.
  • Producer Shogo Tomiyama was the one that selected Kenji Sahara to appear in the film. This fact is mentioned in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • When asked about his reluctance to return to scoring Godzilla films, composer Akira Ifukube admitted he declined to work on Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989). However, his daughter pointed out that, beyond the Ostinato music, they also reworked one of Ifukube's themes into the track "Bio Wars" in a contemporary style. With the composer unhappy about this, his daughter encouraged him to return to movie scoring on the franchise to have control over his themes. This resulted in the composer taking the job on Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. These details are found in the 1999 magazine G-Fan #41.
  • At the restaurant run by Ikehata, a former Lagos Island soldier, there is a poster for the movie Imperial Navy (1981).
  • Godzilla (1954) director Ishiro Honda was displeased with the Lagos Island scene, in particular the death of the American soldiers. He has said in interviews that he felt the movie's director, Kazuki Omori, "went too far" in this sequence. This information can be found in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • The Japanese air force allowed Toho to use actual footage of F-15 jets in the movie, which were incorporated into a sequence that became an air battle with King Ghidorah. This approval came late into development, the day before the movie was going to be scored in fact. As a result, Akira Ifukube didn't have time to write a new theme and instead used a stock cue from Ostinato that revamped a cue from Rodan (1956) involving a similar air battle. This fact was mentioned in the magazine G-Fan #41.

Concept Art


Reviews

Miles Imhoff Star Rating
July 26, 2006