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Godzilla talks in this movie. I don't know who came up with this idea or why, nor do I know why his voice is made to sound like a Billy Crystal impersonation of an old Jewish man. Thankfully, Godzilla is a monster of few words; he and Anguiras speak only a couple of times in the movie. As for the plot, it is your typical inane Godzilla story--aliens have begun building a Children's Land Amusement Park, centered around a giant Godzilla replica; claiming to be seeking world peace, they are actually plotting to take over the earth. An out-of-work cartoonist, whose comics feature such horrible monsters as the Monster of Homework and the Monster of Overbearing Mothers, manages to stumble across the group's evil plans. Working with such allies as a black belt lady not immune to fainting and a Japanese Jerry Garcia lookalike, he sets about foiling the plans of the bad guys. The aliens send for King Ghidorah and Gigan from their home world in the Hunter Nebula. The alien monsters begin laying waste to Tokyo, but finally Godzilla and his sidekick Anguiras arrive to fight. Godzilla had apparently become lazy and neglected his normal training regimen because he is far from all-powerful when the melee begins. Not only is he abused by Ghidorah and Gigan, but he walks right into an alien trap. Anguiras, who really has little offensive capabilities, gives a gritty performance, even taking on King Ghidorah monster-a-monster at one point. At points in this battle, though, it is anyone's fight.
The special effects here are not that special, but that's okay with me. Many of the scenes of destruction make obvious use of model cars, buildings, tanks with toy soldiers, etc.. Godzilla' costume does indeed look pretty ragged, barely holding up through the end of the fight. Gigan does not impress me that much; the tusk-like hands are okay, but the rotating circular saw in his chest seems sort of weird. King Ghidorah, my favorite Godzilla foe, looks horrible in this movie. His three heads each look like they have reached middle age, and his whole appearance seemed rather drab. Most disappointingly, he is totally static (with unmoving heads) when he is shown flying in outer space.
A lot of people seem to prefer this film to its successor, Godzilla vs Megalon, but give me Megalon over Gigan any day. For me, besides the utter ridiculousness of making Godzilla and Anguiras talk, this movie represents Godzilla's worst fight performance and most bedraggled appearance. It's not the worst Godzilla movie, but it is far from the best.
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on 25 August 2002
Earth is in danger,and it's up to the jolly charcoal-grey monster (Godzilla) and Angilus to fight Gidora and Gigan. The dubbing is suprisingly good, and a very cool battle in an oil refinery. Mothra rodan and the green gargantua make a guest apperance in some of the stock footage (footage from other films). The dialoge in some bits is hilarious. I like this film becuse it's so strange. MAZER tanks do apear but are mostly seen in stock footage from war of the gargantuas. And Godzilla SPEAKS! in one seen. A must for monster movie collectors.
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on 31 October 2004
when i was a little boy in belgium i saw alot of godzilla films and they taped my imagination, one of my vivid memory's was a godzilla tower where it pounded godzilla into submition with it's lazer!!!
so when i saw this video was avbaible i seized my chance and bought it!
sure it isn't the best godzilla film, but it is very good. This godzilla film was by the director Jun fukada, to me it is assive he always has some blood, swearing and a very unusual theme song.
it comes with some interesting trailers before the film that are japenese. The only down fall is that by the third time you watch this movie, you'll get apit board of godzilla because the half an hour long trailers show you all the action. So you might get board.
If you enjoyed this godzilla film than see GODZILLA, king of the monsters and TERROR OF MECHA GODZILLA(, my favourate godzillla films).
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