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Godzilla Vs. Gigan

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Imagine the fun at the new, high-tech, Tokyo amusement park with its gargantuan make-believe monsters and mechanized rides. But this pastoral playground is nothing more than a staging ground for destruction as a strange group of orange-uniformed "men" unleash a force of devastation the likes of which has never been known. They call their insatiable monster robot Gigan , built specifically to destroy Godzilla(r). But there's more. To assist Gigan , they enlist the help of King Ghidorah , the infamous three-headed flying hydra. The forces Godzilla(r) to recruit his former foe, the stegosaurus-like Anguirus , in what turns out to be the most radical monster tag-team match-up of all time.

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Known to Stateside moviegoers as Godzilla on Monster Island, this slight but fun 1972 entry in the Godzilla franchise pits the King of the Monsters and four-legged cohort Angilas against aliens bent on world domination, as well as their old nemesis, the space dragon King Ghidorah, and a new creature, the birdlike cyborg Gigan. Diehard G-fans may be disappointed by the film's kid-friendly tone (a shift in direction signaled several years earlier by Godzilla's Revenge) and its overreliance on stock footage from other Godzilla films to depict the monsters' orgy of destruction, as well as an unfortunate decision to make Godzilla "talk"; however, children (Gigan's real audience) will undoubtedly enjoy the frantic action. Parents should know that there are two brief moments of blood-letting (Godzilla and Angilas both suffer wounds from a buzzsaw that juts from Gigan's torso), but otherwise, the film is free of objectionable material. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tomoko Umeda, Yuriko Hishima
  • Directors: Jun Fukuda
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7OEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla Vs. Gigan" on IMDb

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I LOVE this flick! I know even most real big G Fans say this is a disgrace so the whole Godzilla saga - but folks, i LOVE this film and i AM a real big G fan (some say obsessed). This is the first Godzilla film i have ever seen, It features Godzilla (of course, any film with him is great), Angirius (my favorite of Godzilla's allies) and !Gigan! (My favorite Godzilla villian - with Mecha-Godzilla). So what if there is so much stock footage (I was bewildered why i saw Larva Mothra just laying around while Godzilla and Ghidrah were dukin' it out before i knew what stock footage was) and who cares if the invaders arent the best actors - the action between Gigan, Godzilla, Angirus and Ghidrah is AWEOSOME! Why wouldent you like this flick - O.K Godzilla vs Gigan haters look at this -
Godzilla ----GOOD
Gigan -----GOOD
Ghidrah ---GOOD
Angirus ---GOOD
Hot Japaneese Chick that kicks cockraoch buttocks ----GOOD
Japaneese Hippie that threatens people with corn ---GOOD
Gigan kicks major Tokyo butt ---Good
GODZILLA AND ANGIRUS WIN ----GOOD
Have a made my point yet?
All in All, i am sure obsessed G fans will like this one, and people who are starting to get into the whole godzilla legacy, but thoose narrow minded people who only want TOP NOTCH EFFECTS, Brando ACTING and that $hit - stay away at all costs.
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Presented in widescreen this release blows away all the past VHS ones from Starmaker, Anchor Bay, etc. Sony seems to have doen some work on the title screen and other credits, and the Japanese word balloons are lacking from the kaiju "speaking" scenes. Nonetheless, this is an excellent release of a great film.
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Any long running series has its ups and downs, and in a series as long-running as Godzilla those downs can be pretty low. This one isn't bottom of the barrel, but you can definitely see it from there.

"Godzilla vs. Gigan" ("Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan" or "Earth Assault Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan ") is the 12th film in the Showa series, at a time when Godzilla had turned from a rampaging beast of fear and destruction into a kid-friendly beastie cheered by the citizens of Japan. Due to the hard times of the 70's Japanese film, the budget is tiny, and there is a heavy reliance on stock footage taken from previous Godzilla films.

The plot is somewhat oddball, with developers attempting to build Godzilla-land, a theme park built around Godzilla. Of course, the developers are secretly cockroach-aliens, and when a hippie and a failed cartoonist get wind of their plan, quickly summon the terrors of King Ghidra and Gigan to Earth to help in their nefarious plan. Godzilla and his stocky pal Angirasu are on hand to stop them.

Of course, the worst and most bizarre aspect of "Godzilla vs. Gigan" is the chatty Godzilla, as he and Angirasu exchange a few well-timed quips. This isn't so bad in the original Japanese, where the audio is growling sounds and the dialog appears as word-balloons, but in the English dub there is an actual Godzilla voice. A horrible decision on someones part.

However, unforgivable cheesyness aside, Gigan is a decent foe for the Big G, with his buzz-saw belly and sharp claws. He and King Ghidra make a nice tag-team pair, easily trouncing Godzilla and Angirasu to within an inch of their lives. Godzilla isn't quite so mighty here, and he seems to have forgotten how to breath his atomic fire, until the last possible moment.
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Despite criticisms that the Japanese Godzilla films were always cheap, low-brow entertainment the Toho sci-fi films of the '50s and '60s were actually big productions of the time, and well directed (often by Ishiro Honda) and with smart scripts (a lot of the intentional humor is lost in the English dubbing). I mean, look at a movie like Mothra: a great, fable-esque story; great songs; hilarious at times; and visually spectacular. Compare it to any US sci-fi film of the same era!

... but things got more bare-bones as the years went on. The Japanese film industry was in a pinch by the '70s and Godzilla felt the brunt of it, bad. By this film we had simple scripts, mostly aimed at small kids; tons of stock footage to pad out monster scenes; and just a greatly reduced budget in all areas. These are the cheesy Godzilla films of legend... but, they're a whole lot of fun. As a matter of fact, of all the notoriously 'bad' Godzilla films this one might be the best. It has so much wrong with it but you just don't care. Goofy charm pervades the whole thing, from the comic book aesthetic (comics had experiences a huge boom at the time and this movie specifically tried to tap into it. Sadly, this print of the movie for international distribution lacks monsters speaking via word balloons as in the Japanese print), to the goofy band of human heroes who end up saving the world, and monsters who act specifically like a set of tag-team wrestling partners. What can I say? It works.

Watch with the tongue-in-cheek (and Australian accented) English language dub for extra comedy.

And watch for the Godzilla suit: this film was so cheap they couldn't afford building a new Godzilla suit so they used one already used in 3 previous films. By the end of the film Godzilla is literally tearing to pieces onscreen!
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