Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2


Another Hedorah appears, this time in Africa. Godzilla travels there and the two duke it out once again.


Yoshimitsu Banno was so pleased with Hedorah that he started writing another Godzilla film after wrapping his first entry in the long running series. A unnamed project, dubbed Godzilla vs. Hitodah on the site, was his first attempt, but he abandoned it in favor of a direct sequel to his 1971 film Godzilla called Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2. However, Tomoyuki Tanaka, who was hospitalized during the production of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), was extremely dissatisfied with the final product and went as far as to tell Banno that he had "ruined Godzilla!" So Tanaka immediately barred Banno from making another Godzilla film. In fact, Banno was never allowed to direct another Toho film again, reduced to assistant director for Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) and as overseer of the animated TV show Cashan: Robot Hunter (1988).

According to Banno though, from later interviews conducted with him, Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2 was actually still being worked on after he was removed from the project. Although who the new director would have been is unknown, but Jun Fukuda seems the most likely candidate considering that he would step up to direct the next three Godzilla films. If the film was going to keep its Africa setting at this stage is not known. The project was eventually scrapped, and three more proposed projects would be introduced that following year before finally settling on Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972).

Godzilla (Showa), & Hedorah