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A young man gathers two friends together and sails into the South Pacific in search of his brother. En route, they encounter a fugitive who takes them on his escape. Caught in a severe storm, they arrive at Letchi Island where natives of Infant Island have been enslaved by the terrorist organization Red Bamboo. Red Bamboo runs a heavy water factory to process a juice, which holds off the monster Ebirah . The young men meet a beautiful but tough Daiyo, who has escaped her captors, and they wake up Godzilla(r) to put an end to the Red Bamboo.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chôtarô Tôgin, Hideo Sunazuka, Tôru Watanabe
  • Directors: Jun Fukuda
  • Writers: Shin'ichi Sekizawa
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUGR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

This one is a pretty good Godzilla feature.
Dr. Freeman
The two fights between Godzilla and the sea monster are quite unsatisfying.
Daniel Jolley
If you like just watching the movie, it's not bad.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Beusch VINE VOICE on March 3, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a weird movie! Bowing to the spy craze of the 1960's, director Jun Fukuda has Godzilla fighting the SPECTRE-like Red Bamboo and a giant crab named Ebirah. Inoshiro Honda's previous films in the series delivered their message about the dangers of nuclear weapons well, but Fukuda turns the series 180 degrees and goes for sheer entertainment instead. Eschewing the city smashing of the previous films, in Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster we get beautiful island girls, tropical locations, a bank robber turned hero, mysterious hideouts and, best of all, a hilarious victory dance by Godzilla. Add in Mothra and the Peanuts (the two little girls who control Mothra) and you have one entertaining and strange hybrid. If you're a Godzilla purist, you'll hate this movie. But if you give it a chance, you'll be surprised at how enjoyable it is.

As with the Son of Godzilla DVD, this edition presents a cyrstal-clear widescreen image that restores the film to what it originally was. The VHS version is blurred with terrible sound and pan-and-scan, but the DVD version contains none of those flaws. In addition, the DVD edition puts back many elements that were edited out of the VHS version, including the opening credits. The film makes a lot more sense in this format and presentation and, unlike the VHS version, doesn't make you feel you're missing something. There are no extras to speak of, but the movie itself gets an A+ for image and sound quality. Most importantly, however, the DVD offers the original dialogue track in Japanese (with subtitles option) that eliminates the horrible dubbing of the previous versions. It's amazing how much better the film is when you realize it's the actual actors' voices and not those of some poor quality American voice-over actor trying to sound Japanese.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John IV on February 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Saturday, February 12, 2005 / 4 of 5 / Island hopping fun.

One of the wackier Godzilla films, this one doesn't see the big G until quite far in. In the meantime we're treated to a yellow cardigan wearing criminal/thief tagging along with some teens looking for a third guys brother who was lost at sea. Eventually the boat meets up with Ebirah, the giant lobster and title antagonist. They're crashed onto an island where the amusing baddies are manufacturing nuclear material for nefarious purposes. The beautiful Kumi Mizuno is tanned nicely as a displaced native of Mothra's Infant Island. When Godzilla is finally awakened, he dispatches Ebirah with the kind of crunching we're all used to at seafood restaurants, but not before playing some kick *ss volleyball with boulders. I saw Godzilla's Revenge long before this and now the stock footage used in that film makes more sense seeing it here and Son of Godzilla. Overall a good DVD, I really like Columbia's decision to include the original Japanese soundtrack. Although the suit was getting a bit `ragged' it's still a fun Godzilla outing. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rowdy P. Scarlett VINE VOICE on December 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Yes, this movie has never looked better. Like other reviewers, I had the VHS and it was sad. If you're into Godzilla and have been waiting for a great print of this to become available, now is he time to snatch this up.
This was originally written as a follow up to King Kong Escapes and was to feature King Kong, but when the owners of Kong backed out, Toho inserted Godzilla. Some footage from previous movies here, but they are hard to notice and overall the film is well done. The Sea Monster is kind of lack luster and isn't much of a challenge for Godzila. Basically, your average Godzilla movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rainey on February 8, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Since the late 1960s, when Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Nankai no Daiketto) first aired on U.S. television--there was never a domestic theatrical release--the movie opened with footage from later in the film of the title's sea monster (uber-lobster Ebirah) destroying a yacht, ostensibly owned by Yata, the brother of our young protagonist Ryôta. However, it's clear that it's the same yacht later commandeered by Ryôta because its name, Yahlen, is clearly visible on the hull. The film then cuts to a dance competition, where Ryôta hopes to win a boat so he may go and rescue his lost brother. Missing is the actual opening from the Japanese version, in which the siblings' mother goes to a medium, who tells her that her son cannot be found in the land of the dead, which is what motivates Ryôta to embark on his quest. Thankfully, this Sony release offers the full-length Japanese version, in anamorphic widescreen, with a choice of subtitles or English audio. The English dub, however, is the horrendous made-in-Hong-Kong international version; it's not the superior Walter Reade-Sterling TV version (which featured Hal Linden, TV's Barney Miller, as the voice of Yoshimura, the bank robber played by Akira Takarada), since it would not have fit the full-length film.

The increasing financial hardships that had begun to plague Japanese movie studios in the mid- to late-'60s--which would eventually lead to a near-total collapse of the Japanese film industry--began to reveal themselves in the production of Sea Monster. Rather than the intricate city sets that effects director Eiji Tsuburaya had crafted so painstakingly in earlier films, most of the monster action takes place on the much sparser Letchi Island set.
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