Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Japan Release: 2001
Running Time:
105 minutes

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Japanese Title

ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ: 大怪獣総攻撃
[Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaiju Sokogeki]

Distributor: Production:


After nearly half a century of peace, Godzilla is a distant memory for most of Japan. The serenity is broken, though, when a US nuclear submarine is attacked and destroyed: Godzilla is back. Meanwhile, fictional documentary reporter Yuri Tachibana spots a mysterious old man near Mt. Myoko in Niigata who promptly vanishes. That night, the area is attacked by a creature described as "Red Godzilla". The beast turns out to be Baragon. Yuri begins to research and uncovers a book stating that Baragon is one of three guardian beasts along with Mothra and King Ghidorah. The book was written by Hirotoshi Isayama, who it turns out was the mysterious old man near Mt. Myoko. Hirotoshi foretells that the guardian monsters must be awakened to meet the oncoming threat of Godzilla...

Live Action Science Fiction KaijuGodzilla

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


International Title

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Initial US Title

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
US Distributor: Tristar (2003) / Time: 89 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
[Literal translation]

[Abbreviated title]


Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Writing credits Keiichi Hasegawa, Shusuke Kaneko, Masahiro Yokotani
Produced by Hideyuki Honma, Shogo Tomiyama
Music by Kow Otani
Stock Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Masahiro Kishimoto
Film Editing by Isao Tomita
Assistant Director Toshifumi Shimizu, Nozomu Aida, Mokoto Kumazawa, Hideaki Murakami
Director of Special Effects Makoto Kamiya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Kiyotaka Taguchi, Masaaki Tezuka
Yuri Tachibana, BS Digital Q Reporter Chiharu Niiyama
Taizo Tachibana, SDF Admiral Ryudo Uzaki
Teruaki Takeda, Science Writer Masahiro Kobayashi
Haruki Kadokura, Yuri's Boss Shiro Sano
AD Aki Maruo Takashi Nishina
Kumi Emori, SDF Intelligence Captain Kaho Minami
Katsumasa Mikumo, SDF Lieutenant General Shinya Owada
Masato Hinogaki, SDF HQ Secretary Kunio Murai
Yutaka Hirose Hiroyuki Watanabe
Tokihiko Kobayakawa, SDF Intelligence Major Shingo Katsurayama
Adjutant Miyashita Toshikazu Fukawa
Chief Cabinet Secretary Masahiko Tsugawa
Hirotoshi Isayama, Prophet Hideyo Amamoto
Commanding Sector Officer Nobuaki Kakuda
Mototsu Station Police Officer Takafumi Matsuo
School Teacher Kazuko Kato
Yaizu Harbor Fisherman Katsuo Nakamura
Village Headman Koichi Ueda
Man in Hostel Bathroom Yoichi Atsumi
Suicidal Man Yukijiro Hotaru
Bicycle Shop Owner Masaya Takahashi
SDF Officers Koichi Kawakita, Masaaki Tezuka
Twin Girls in Yokohama Ai Maeda, Aki Maeda


Box Office

Release Date: December 15th, 2001 (Japan) [Double Billed with Hamtaro: Ham Ham Big Land Adventure]
Budget: ¥1,200,000,000 / $9,400,000 (Rough Figure)
Opening Weekend: $1,900,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Attendance: 2,400,000 (Japan)
Total: ¥2,710,000,000 / $20,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Tristar (2004) Order
United States Region 1 Triple Feature: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah Sony (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Toho (2002)
Australia Region 4 Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Madman (2005)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Toho (2009) Order
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Mosnters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Sony (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 21st, 2001 with the registration number PA0001195981. The movie was submitted with a variant of its Romaji title in the form of Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sokogeki, which uses the English names of the monsters. There are two additional names on the application. One is the movie's international title, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The other is Godzilla vs. the Guardians, which was possibly considered as either an international or the US title at one stage.
  • Director Shusuke Kaneko noted that, in terms of his kaiju films, he was careful to avoid emphasizing casualties in his first two Gamera films during scenes of city destruction. In the third, the casualties are more numerous to give a sense of impact to these scenes, but impersonalized as the victims remain "anonymous". To give the 2001 Godzilla film a different felling, victims were "personalized, individualized" by being often seen and heard before being killed, to add to the tragedy of the destruction. Cited in G-Fan #67 from 2004.
  • When director Shusuke Kaneko was asked about the teenagers in the film who meet their demise, he responded that "it's true that today's teenagers are not as respectful as they used to be. Sometimes the punishment they meet at the monsters' hands is symbolic of my feelings toward Japanese teenagers, probably because I can feel myself getting older…". Brought up in G-Fan #67 from 2004.
  • Special effects director Shinji Higuchi helped with the production's special effects story boarding process. However, unlike past movies from Shusuke Kaneko in the kaiju genre, he was not involved in the directing of the special effects sequences. Noted by Norman England.
  • On the subject of CGI for the 2001 Godzilla film, part of the reason for its downplayed use is budget and time constraints. However, Shusuke Kaneko also gave the reason that it's a lot of fun to be on the set and actually see the sutimation actors visualising the scenes during production. Referenced in G-Fan #67 from 2004.
  • In an earlier draft, titled Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the trio of guardian monsters included Varan, Baragon and Anguirus. However, both Varan and Anguirus were substituted for Mothra and King Ghidorah for the final version.


Miles Imhoff Star Rating
November 21, 2005