Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Japan Release: 1966
Running Time:
87 minutes

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Japanese Title

ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ: 南海の大決闘
[Gojira, Ebira, Mosura: Nankai no Daiketto]

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Determined that his brother is alive after a shipwreck, Ryota is desperate to set sail to go after him. In the process, he convinces two men to help him look at boats that could make the journey, although his intentions are unknown to them. While looking at the yachts, the trio comes across a man claiming to be the owner who threatens them at gunpoint for trespassing. Rather than reporting them, he says they can stay the night as long as they vanish tomorrow morning. That evening, Ryota sets sail in search of his brother without telling anyone. The rest are taking as unwitting captives as none of them know how to sail in order to turn the ship around. The quest is interrupted, though, by a giant, crimson claw that emerges from the South Seas. Destroying the yacht, the group is stranded on a nearby island, an island under the control of a terrorist group called the Red Bamboo. However, the island also hosts a deadly secret: the motionless body of Godzilla...

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International Title

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Initial US Title

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
US Distributor: Walter Reade Organization (1968) / Time: 82 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas
[Literal translation]

Frankenstein and the Monster from the Sea

Godzilla vs. Ebirah



Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Directed by Jun Fukuda
Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada
Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
Production Design by Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Ken Sano
Director of Special Effects Teisho Arikawa, Eiji Tsuburaya
Yoshimura Akira Takarada
Dayo, Infant Islander Kumi Mizuno
Ichino Chotaro Togin
Nita Hideo Sunazuka
Ryota Toru Watanabe
Yata Toru Ibuki
Ryuui, Red Bamboo Captain Akihiko Hirata
Red Bamboo Commander Jun Tazaki
Elderly Slave Ikio Sawamura
Shobijin "Pair Bambi"
Red Bamboo Naval Officer Hideyo Amamoto
Red Bamboo Scientists Hisaya Ito, Tadashi Okabe
Mother of Ryota and Yata Chieko Nakakita
Spiritualist Fumiko Honma
Farmer Yutaka Sada
Infant Islanders Shoichi Hirose, Kazuo Suzuki, Wataru Omae, Kenichiro Maruyama
Newspaper Editor Shigeki Ishida


Box Office

Release Date: December 17th, 1966 (Japan)
Initial Attendance: 3,450,000 (Japan)
Release Date: July 22nd, 1972 (Japan, Re-Issue)
Re-Issue Attendance: 760,000 (Japan)
Attendance Total: 4,210,000 (Japan)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Tristar (2005) Order
United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster! Ebirah - Horror of the Deep Kraken Releasing (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas Toho (2003)
Australia Region 4 Godzilla: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep Madman (2005)
United States Blu-ray Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster! Ebirah - Horror of the Deep Kraken Releasing (2014) Order
United States Blu-ray Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion (2019) Order
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas Toho (2014)

CD Soundtracks


Background and Trivia

  • On February 11th, 1991, the company Best Brains registered the movie with the US copyright office as part of its episode on Mystery Science Theater 3000. This cited the title as Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster under the registration number PA0000515721. Later that year, on July 5th 1991, Broadway Video Enterprises registered the film with the number V2663P101 under its US title, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. The company coninuted to register the 1966 movie with the US copyright office as late as 2001. On March 8th, 2004, Toho finally submitted the movie to the US copyright office under its international title: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. Listed under record number V3508D105, Toho also referenced its US title of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.
  • Was developed from an unused concept, Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah, although replaced the King Kong character for Godzilla.
  • Director Jun Fukuda notes that producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was not particularly active on this production, with the exception of being involved with the budget. The producer would, however, visit the set "often" to watch progress but only as an observer. This information is found in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Director Jun Fukuda selected Masaru Sato to score his films to give it a "different touch from [Ishiro] Honda's", noting Sato's music was lighter than Akira Ifukube's. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka didn't agree with this decision but Fukuda won out in the end. This account is located in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • The movie features stock music from High and Low (1963) during the Red Bamboo Fighter jet conflict.
  • Dayu was originally to be played by Noriko Takahashi, who had a brief scene as a girl in the lodge in Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965). She was eventually passed up for the role in favor of Kumi Mizuno, though. This detail is listed in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Appeared as an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Featured in episode 213, under the title Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, the movie debuted on the program on Feburary 2nd, 1991. The version of the movie used actually features an opening credits sequence that includes footage from Son of Godzilla (1967).
  • The trailer for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep was created by the movie's assistant directors, who used footage which ended up not making it into the final cut. This fact is listed in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Although Eiji Tsuburaya is credited as the special effects director, actual directorial duties were handed over to Teisho Arikawa, who at this stage had been promoted to Tsuburaya's first assistant director. Tsuburaya still had final say on effects sequences, but served more of a supervisor role on the production. Noted in Japan's Favorite Mon-Star (ISBN: 1550223488).
  • With a new special effects director in the seat, Toho tried to limit the effects budget. Teisho Arikawa lamented that Toho likely did this due to his inexperience and TV history, noting that "Toho couldn't have made too many demands about the budget if Mr. Tsuburaya had been in charge" and that he "was also doing TV work then, so they must have figured I could produce the movie cheaply." To keep the budget down, Toho instructed Arikawa to avoid expensive composite shots as much as possible. Although the movie has minimal composite shots, it is not devoid of them as scenes such as Godzilla's foot composited near actress Kumi Mizuno or a sequence of Mothra composited as her followers rush toward here are some examples of these sequences that made it into the final film. Cited in Japan's Favorite Mon-Star (ISBN: 1550223488).
  • For the theatrical trailer, "Night on Bald Mountain" is the music used. Although not attributed, this sounds likely to be the 1962 recording done by René Leibowitz as he conducts the The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This same tune was reused for the trailer for Conflagration (1975).
  • For the original US version, the movie opens with a scene of Ebirah attacking what appears to be Yata's boat. However, this is actually a repeated scene from later in the movie, when Ebirah attacks the Yahlen, that is simply meant to stand in for the beast attacking Ryota's brother.


Miles Imhoff [Walter Reade] Star Rating
March 5, 2005