Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Japan Release: 1974
Running Time:
84 minutes

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla


Japanese Title

ゴジラ対メカゴジラ
[Gojira Tai Mekagojira]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

According to legend in Okinawa: when a black mountain appears above the clouds, a monster will appear to destroy the earth. The prophecy is discovered on a statue, recently uncovered and said to belong to the protector King Caesar. The prophecy's importance is quickly discovered, though, when Godzilla emerges after a black mountain visage is seen in the clouds. As Anguirus appears not long afterwards, Godzilla attacks and defeats him, causing confusion in onlookers for assaulting his close ally. The truth is shortly uncovered as a second, and the true, Godzilla emerges to reveal an alien invasion using a mechanical Godzilla...

Live Action Science Fiction KaijuGodzilla

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

Titles

International Title

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Initial US Title

Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster
US Distributor: Cinema Shares (1977) / Time: 80 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
[Literal translation]

Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster
[Revised US Title]

King Kong vs. Godzilla
[German]

Godzilla vs. Robot
[Italian]


Monsters

King Ghidorah
King Ghidorah (stock footage)



Aliens, SDF & Misc.


Staff

Cast

Directed by Jun Fukuda
Writing credits Jun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima, Shinichi Sekizawa, Hiroyasu Yamamura
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Yuzuru Aizawa
Film Editing by Michiko Ikeda
Production Design by Kazuo Satsuya
Assistant Director Tsunesaburo Nishikawa
Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Assistant Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Gosuke Shimizu Masaaki Daimon
Masahiko Shimizu Kazuya Aoyama
Hideto Miyajima, Professor Akihiko Hirata
Wagura, Professor Hiroshi Koizumi
Saeko Kaneshiro Reiko Tajima
Eiko Miyajima Hiromi Matsushita
Kuronuma, Black Hole Alien Leader Goro Mutsumi
Nanbara, Interpol Agent Shin Kishida
Azumi High Priest Masao Imafuku
Nami, Azumi Princess Beru-Bera Lin
Tamura, Interpol Agent Takayasu Torii
Black Hole Alien Daigo Kusano
Sunflower Ship's Captain Kenji Sahara
Construction Foreman Yasuzo Ogawa

Posters


Box Office

Release Date: March 21st, 1974 (Japan)
Attendance: 1,330,000 (Japan)

Toho Stock Footage


DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Tristar (2004) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Toho (2002)
Australia Region 4 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Madman (2006)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Toho (2014)

CD Soundtracks

Compilations
Godzilla Song Book
Godzilla Song Book
(VPCD-81381)

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on April 22nd, 1988 with the registration number of PA0000382933. The movie was submitted under its international title, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and a modified Romaji title of Godzilla tai Mechagodzilla that has the creatures' names in English.
  • The film's sequel, Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), shows a map where the remains of Mechagodzilla are predicted. Although it covers a wide range of area, it is closest to the coast of Cape Maeda. It is also close to Zanpamisaki, where the lost project Giant Monsters Converge on Okinawa! Showdown in Zanpamisaki would have taken place. This is interesting as the distance between either Zanpamisaki or Cape Maeda and the Mechagodzilla base at the Gyokusen caves (often called Gyokusen-do) is over 45 kilometers. This would mean Mechagodzilla traveled a great distance by foot before arriving to battle King Caesar.
  • Special Effects director Teruyoshi Nakano has stated that his favorite three films from his work, in terms of execution of the special effects, are Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla along with Submersion of Japan (1973) and The Return of Godzilla (1984). This detail is cited in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • The movie features stock music from Judo Saga (1965) and Son of Godzilla (1967).

Concept Art


Reviews

Alexander Smith Star Rating
August 22, 2010