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Program Title: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
EASC Code: JG-13
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Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Fiction
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Media Type: VHS
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Running Time: 105 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: A U.S. nuclear submarine goes missing off the coast of Guam. The search party encounters a giant monster with a huge, glowing fin on its back. Japanese admiral Tachibana, who, as a child, lost his parents in the original Godzilla attack of 1954, believes that the monster has undoubtedly returned. Meanwhile, a series of strange incidents takes place all over Japan. Tachibana’s daughter Yuri, a reporter for a low-budget TV show, investigates and learns of the legend of three sacred monsters in hibernation, waiting to save Japan from the seemingly indestructible, immortal Godzilla. Yuri meets a mysterious old man who tells her that Godzilla is possessed by the vengeful spirits of all the victims of WWII who died in the Pacific. “No weapons can kill Godzilla,” he warns. “Wake the three dormant sacred beasts!” Godzilla eventually reaches Japan and Tachibana realizes that the military must fight alongside the sacred beasts if mankind is to survive the assault of the invincible monster gone mad.

This is the Godzilla sequel that everybody has been waiting for nearly 50 years. When it was announced that the U.S. would remake Godzilla in 1998, people expected a super production that would carry the anti-war message of the original with a new, improved monster. Instead, we got a typical, soulless, effects-extravaganza that paled next to the original. Then came the wonder boy, Shusuke Kaneko, who took the rather silly concept of the giant flying turtle Gamera and made three of the greatest giant monster films ever seen on either side of the Pacific! Would lightning strike twice? Would Kaneko be able to do justice to Godzilla as he had resurrected Gamera? The answer is yes! Once again, his brilliant direction elevates the material well above the standard of the genre. Godzilla is portrayed as an unstoppable killing machine with glowing white eyes that symbolize the ghosts of the dead who fuel his fiery rage. With a slightly higher budget than usual, Kaneko and his effects team produced a slick, spectacular film without sacrificing profound meaning and symbolism. This is the Godzilla film to see on a giant screen. Yes, lightning has struck twice—the full power of Godzilla has returned!
Data Entry Date: 12/4/06