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International Title
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Japanese Title
 怪獣大戦争
 [Kaiju Daisenso]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1965
  Time: 94 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Monster Zero
US Distributor: Maron Films (1970) Time: 92 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Great Monster War [Literal Translation]
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero [US Home Video Title]
The Monsters Invade Earth [Spanish Title]
Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla [Japan Reissue Title]
Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews

Details
A mysterious planet is discovered behind Jupiter. Astronauts are sent to explore the new sphere and discover an alien race called the Xilien. Tormented by the space monster King Ghidorah, the aliens request that humanity loan them Godzilla and Rodan to defend themselves. In return, the extraterrestrial race will give a miracle drug to cure all disease. Earth agrees, but the Xilien arrive before being given consent, making humanity leery. Taking the monsters, Godzilla and Rodan send King Ghidorah in retreat at the alien home world: Planet X. However, the Xilien have more plans...

Staff
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Henry G. Saperstein, Reuben Bercovitch
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
Production Design by Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Cast
Glenn, Astronaut Nick Adams
Fuji, Astronaut Akira Takarada
Miss Namikawa Kumi Mizuno
Sakurai, Doctor Jun Tazaki
Tetsuo Teri, Inventor Akira Kubo
Haruno Fuji Keiko Sawai
Controller of Planet X Yoshio Tsuchiya
Chairman of Earth Committee Takamaru Sasaki
Minister of Defense Gen Shimizu
General Yoshifumi Tajima
Military Aide Nadao Kirino
Commander from Planet X, Earth Unit Kenzo Tabu
Namikawa's Associate Koji Uno
Buddhist Priest Somesho Matsumoto
Xilien, Earth Unit Toru Ibuki, Kazuo Suzuki
Xilien Yoshizo Tatake, Mitzuo Tsuda, Takuzo Kumagaya, Masaaki Tachibana, Rioji Shimizu, Minoru Ito, Hideki Furukawa
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla, Rodan, King Ghidorah Xilien, Xilien UFO, P-1, M24 Chaffee Tank (stock footage), Type 61 Tank, A-Cycle Light Ray Gun, Missile Launcher Truck (stock footage)

Posters

Box Office

Release Date: December 19th, 1965 (Japan)
Initial Attendance: 3,780,000 (Japan)
Release Date: March 17th, 1971 (Japan, Re-Issue)
Re-Issue Attendance: 1,350,000 (Japan)
Attendance Total: 5,130,000 (Japan)

Release Date: July 29th, 1970 (US)
Total: $3,000,000 (US, Rough Figure, Double Billed with The War of the Gargantuas [1966])


Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Godzilla Versus Monster Zero Simitar (1998)
Region 1 Invasion of Astro-Monster Classic Media (2007)
Region 2 Great Monster War Toho (2003)
Region 4 Godzilla: Invasion of Astro-Monster Madman (2005)

CD Soundtracks
Compilations


Concept Art

Reviews
Miles Imhoff [Maron Films]
February 15, 2005