An underground nuclear test on Asuka Island in the Aleutian Islands triggers seismic aftershocks felt as far away as Monster Island, where Godzilla, Anguirus, and Rodan are disturbed as the island begins breaking apart. The reason? This video is unavailable. He was later beat up by Mechagodzilla (disguised as the real King of the Monsters) in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ, Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the thirteenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series.The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 17, 1973.. Initially, these portions might more seem stupid than crazy, but they’re crazy. Film. While Godzilla vs. Megalon was made over the course of six months, its allocation of time was unusual. Eventually, the two villains are repelled and Godzilla shares a victory handshake with Jet Jaguar, who shrinks back down to rejoin his creators. Now with his robotic ally, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar team up to battle Megalon and Gigan, and they defeat both villains. John Belushi hosted the broadcast where he did some skits, all in a Godzilla suit. So FUN!!!!! [22], Audio Commentary by Steve Ryfle & Stuart Galbraith IV - Media Blasters Recalled 2012 DVD Release, "Godzilla vs Gigan (1972)/Godzilla vs Megalon (1973) on PolyGram Video (United Kingdom VHS videotape)", "Digital Monster Island - Godzilla vs. Megalon (Power Multimedia / Tailent Video & Multimedia) DVD Review". Godzilla vs. Megalon. Teruyoshi Nakano recalls how the film was rushed and that it took three weeks to shoot, stating, "It went into productions without enough preparation. On other occasions, it’s the villains who have to team up against him. Noir. This suit also has different-sized back fins, a more circular visor, scales running up the back/sides of the neck and longer legs compared to the original version. Jinkawa awakens in the lab, where he sees the intruder controlling Jet Jaguar remotely. These are the move ideas I have for him. They did not have time to make the eyes work correctly, something they had more time to fix for Godzilla's five appearances on Toho's superhero TV series Zone Fighter (1973), which was produced around the same time. Inventor Goro Ibuki, his brother Rokuro, and his best friend Hiroshi Jinkawa find themselves caught up in the Seatopians' plan, as they plan to use Goro's invention, the robot Jet Jaguar, to guide Megalon. Movies. Fortunately, Jet Jaguar reaches Godzilla and informs him of the situation, prompting Godzilla to set off for the mainland. Goro completes his new robot, which he names Jet Jaguar, and activates it. Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ,   Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the thirteenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. [9] Originally the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) showed the cut version, until finally in 2002 as Toho regained ownership of that title alongside Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (both of which also were released by Cinema Shares) and broadcast the film fully uncut for the first time in the U.S.[10], In Japan, Godzilla vs. Megalon sold approximately 980,000 tickets. Again, except for the shots of Megalon himself, this is all stock footage, mostly from Godzilla vs. Gigan, although they also manage to sneak in that shot of the refinery blowing up from Godzilla vs. Hedorah. While I did not enjoy Godzilla vs. Megalon as much as I was hoping I would, it still has its moments, and its weirdness is interesting enough to not leave the film anywhere near worthless. In 1976, Cinema Shares released a dubbed version of Godzilla vs. Megalon theatrically. It's pure innocent fun, the kind we used to have before we all became jaded and cynical with age. Godzilla has been a good guy since 1961, so Megalon is consigned to the villain's role. Eventually, the trio of heroes manage to escape their situation with the Seatopians and reunite to devise a plan to send Jet Jaguar to get Godzilla's help using Jet Jaguar's secondary control system. Godzilla and Jet Jaguar's combined efforts turn the battle in their favor, prompting Gigan to beat a quick retreat. The team then splits up, with Miyajima, Nanbara, and Masahiko returning to the alien base and get recaptured by Kuronuma, while Keisuke and Ikuko pick up Saeko and the statue from the hotel. The only original shots that weren't taken from. Goro meets with the JSDF and informs them he can get the robot guiding Megalon under his control. [8] In 1998 the film was again released by UK company, 4 Front Video. trailer. Goro and Rokuro awaken inside a container on a truck, which is being driven to the lake where it is to be dumped. Who wins in Godzilla vs. megalon? http://www.godzilla-movies.com/news/new-mike-dougherty-interview-hints-at-return-of-classic-godzilla-villain Follow Me - Links down below! When commenting, please remain respectful of other users, stay on topic, and avoid role-playing and excessive punctuation. He’s also enjoyed one-time-only team-ups with King Caesar, Jet Jaguar, and Moguera in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla respectively. Comments which violate these guidelines may be removed by administrators. Godzilla vs. Megalon was released theatrically in Japan on March 17, 1973. In this 13th installment of the 1st Godzilla series deals with the underground country of Seatopia striking back at mankind. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right. Godzilla vs. Megalon (Gojira tai Megaro) was the 13th entry in the Godzilla series. While Rokuro rides his minibike not far from Goro's lab, he is abducted by the intruder from earlier and his driver, then used as bait for Goro to open the door. Godzilla vs. Megalon was originally planned as a non-Godzilla film, a solo vehicle for Jet Jaguar, which was the result of a contest Toho had for children in mid-to-late 1972. George...It's wildly preposterous, imaginative and funny (often intentionally). [7] This also led to the film being featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000. In 1988, New World Video intended to release the original uncut version of the English dub but, declined the project, due to a lack of budget that was required for a full release. The three then watch as the lake completely drains in a matter of moments. The acting is usually described as flat and generally poor, and as not improving, or sometimes, worsening, the already weak script. He goes to get the sand tested while Goro completes work on his advanced new robot. On the surface, an inventor named Goro Ibuki, his nephew Rokuro, and Goro's friend Hiroshi Jinkawa are off on an outing near a lake when Seatopia makes itself known to the Earth by drying up the lake the trio was relaxing nearby and using it as a base of operation. it's probably supposed to look like a toothpick to go with his tree sword. However, after doing some screen tests and storyboards, Toho figured Jet Jaguar would not be able to carry the film on his own, either in screen appearance or marketing value, so they shut the project down during pre-production. Showtime: 01/03/15 at 8pm EST 01/03/15 at 8pm EST Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ, Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 Japanese kaiju film directed by Jun Fukuda, written by Fukuda and Shinichi Sekizawa, and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It demonstrates the rewards of friendship, between humans as well as monsters, and it is gentle. While I did not enjoy Godzilla vs. Megalon as much as I was hoping I would, it still has its moments, and its weirdness is interesting enough to not leave the film anywhere near worthless. … The Megalon suit was one of the heaviest suits produced since the 1954 Godzilla suit, which made it even more difficult to raise the Megalon suit via wires in certain scenes up to the point where Nakano almost decided to scrap those scenes altogether. 3 4 5. However, there is no connection to the real. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla … People say the tail slide is the best thing about this movie. One review described the Godzilla costume as appearing to be "crossed with Kermit the Frog"[17] and another sneeringly compared it to Godzilla vs. Gigan, stating that it did "everything wrong that Gigan did, and then some." Top Answer. Megalon awakens and burrows his way to the surface, where Jet Jaguar, now under Seatopian control, will guide him. Sci-Fi Japan: "The Great Godzilla vs Megalon Mix-Up Mystery", October 22, 2012. A third of their country has already been destroyed, due to underground nuclear tests. For years, Seatopia, an opulent undersea civilisation that resides in vast cities reminiscent of those of Ancient Greece and Rome, has existed in relative peace, ruled by Emperor Antonio, but nuclear tests in recent years have severely affected the cities via the earthquakes the tests produced. Much silliness ensues, including the awe-inspiring tail-slide dropkick from Godzilla to Megalon. As they return home they are ambushed by agents of Seatopia who are trying to steal Jet Jaguar, a humanoid robot under construction by the trio of inventors. Megalon reaches Tokyo and devastates the metropolis unopposed. Godzilla vs. Megalon should have won 1973 Best Picture. With Megalon sighted on the surface, the two truck drivers are hesitant to continue approaching the lake, only to be held at gunpoint by the Seatopian agent who hired them. Godzilla vs. Megalon has been widely disliked among critics and fans. So FUN!!!!! It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Haruo Nakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. And never saw that picture before. Jinkawa reports to Goro that the sand they found comes from an ancient stratum, confusing them both as to just who the intruder was. Rokuro being abducted by Seatopian agents, who pull him into their car. 20th Century Archaeology. The fight scenes are just pure cheesy goodness; from Megalon trashing the city via stock footage to Godzilla's legendary tail slide dropkick. [19] Media Blasters finally released the film on August 14, 2012, but only on a bare-bones DVD and Blu-ray. Jet Jaguar bids Godzilla farewell and Godzilla returns to its home on Monster Island. Godzilla and Jet Jaguar: Punch! To obtain a G-rating from the MPAA, Cinema Shares cut three minutes of footage, including: With this being the second of the three Cinema Shares Godzilla releases, the publicity factor was high. Showa Godzilla Films 1954-1975 >. Answer. Jet Jaguar grows to Godzilla-size and fights with Megalon, but Gigan finally comes and makes things hard for our robot hero. This is the light Godzilla who was our protector. You are ignoring the author of this comment. I cheer myself up with Godzilla: Final Wars. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is the 13th film in the Godzilla franchise, and features the fictional monster characters Godzilla, Megalon, and Gigan, along with the mecha character Jet Jaguar. Well, who cares anyway? The other aspects of the film have been similarly skewered. In the first part of 1971 (197X in the Japanese version), the most recent underground nuclear test, set off near the Aleutians, sends shockwaves as far across the globe as Monster Island in the South Pacific, severely damaging the island paradise and sending Rodan and Anguirus plummeting into the depths of the Earth, with Godzilla narrowly escaping the fissure which his friends tumbled into. The Seatopian agent being crushed by a boulder hurled by Megalon. In Godzilla vs. Megalon, Jet Jaguar was created by scientist Goro Ibuki. With the Seatopian capital badly affected by the most recent test, the Seatopians plan to unleash their civilization's beetle-styled god, Megalon, to destroy the surface world out of vengeance. In my opinion, the best part is Godzilla and Jet Jaguar's escape from the ring of fire. More civilised than humans. [4][6], Initially, Cinema Shares screened Toho's international English version but to ensure a G rating, several cuts were made, which resulted in the film running three minutes shorter than the original version. Top Answer. Goro remarks that Jet Jaguar has seemingly developed a will of his own, and leaves with the others to observe him. Much silliness ensues, including the awe-inspiring tail-slide dropkick from Godzilla to Megalon. I don't think so although I bet there is a lot of fanservice and fanfiction. Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon DVD & Blu-ray Releases Release Calendar Movie News India Movie Spotlight. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]. Directed by Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno, Ishirô Honda. It's hilarious! The monster scenes are the most entertaining element of the film, and boy are they entertaining... You have Megalon, who is both goofy and badass at the same time; Jet Jaguar, who is just plain goofy; Godzilla's new design is a welcome change from the suit that had been used in the previous several films, and Gigan's return is welcome. Menu. Media Blasters acquired the DVD rights to both Godzilla vs. Megalon and Destroy All Monsters. [4], Mel Maron (who was president of Cinema Shares at the time) chose to release Godzilla vs. Megalon because he saw Godzilla as a heroic figure by that point and felt the timing was right to show children a hero who was a friendly monster and not Superman. Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese kaiju film directed by Jun Fukuda, written by Fukuda and Shinichi Sekizawa, and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. What is the context of Godzilla with a telephone pole in his mouth? Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. 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The Gigan suit is similar to the previous design, but the suit was made thinner, less bulky, the horn on the head was less pointed, and the buzzsaw didn't move, since it was made of static pieces. Godzilla Raids Again Yes, DVD, not Blu Ray. The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him. Year Released: 1973 DIrector: Jun Fukuda Length: 81 minutes Plot: When the underwater nation of Seatopia send the monsters Megalon and Gigan to destroy humanity, Godzilla must team with a the robot Jet Jaguar to save the world. In the early hours of the morning, a lunar eclipse results in a red moon and a mirage creates the illusion of the sun rising in the west. A scene of the bearded Caucasian Seatopian agent being thrown down a cliff by the truck drivers. After uniting with Japan's Defense Force, Goro manages to regain control of Jet Jaguar and sends the robot to Monster Island to bring Godzilla to fight Megalon. Godzilla grabs on to Jet Jaguar's back and they fly to safety together! The agents' plan is to use Jet Jaguar to guide and direct Megalon to destroy whatever city Seatopia commands him to do. This ranks right up there with my favorite- Godzilla vs Hedorah (Smog Monster). Without his guide, Megalon begins to act erratically and jump around wildly. However, most of the criticism is of the lack of actual special effects work, as most of it consists of stock footage from previous films, including Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, but a few pieces of effects work have garnered praise, specifically a scene where Megalon breaks through a dam and the draining of the lake.[16]. The opening scene of young Rokuro almost being sucked into a whirlpool and the surrounding land all being dried out is rather eerie, but could easily be excised from the picture. I think they're both bad. Principal photography started immediately thereafter and took place over approximately three weeks. To make up for lost production time, the film was shot in a hasty three weeks. Without a guide to control its actions, Megalon flails around relentlessly and aimlessly fighting with the Defense Force and destroying the outskirts of Tokyo. These incorrect names were also featured in the U.S. You could tell they were having a ball making this. "[15], Godzilla vs. Megalon has attracted the ire of many Godzilla fans in the decades since its original release. In Godzilla vs. Megalon, the Seatopians attempt to take control of Jet Jaguar and use him to guide their kaiju, Megalon, on his rampage. To cash in on the Kyodai Hero craze, they held a contest in 1972 to make a hero. It was the first Godzilla film to sell less than one million admissions. The Criterion Collection Blu-ray (2019) [Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975], This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. Megalon. He asks where the man has taken Goro and Rokuro, but he replies that they will be brought to Seatopia where Goro will create other robots like Jet Jaguar for the defense of the kingdom. The character was renamed Jet Jaguar for its inclusion in the film. "There are no female characters in this movie except for the Seatopian dancers"... wow. The film stars Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, and Robert Dunham, alongside Shinji Takagi as Godzilla, Hideto Date as Megalon, Kenpachiro Satsuma as Gigan, and Tsugutoshi Komada as Jet Jaguar. Despite this, a manufacturing error led to several copies of the originally planned version featuring bonus content to be released by accident. [6], Godzilla vs. Megalon is the first Godzilla film to receive an American prime time network television premiere, where it was broadcast nationwide at 9:00 PM on NBC on March 15, 1977. Godzilla Vs Megalon, where the King Of The Monsters plays second fiddle to a flying robot, seems to be generally considered the worst Godzilla film ever, at least by serious writers on the subject. Iconic kaiju Mothra and Rodan may team up with each other in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, according to the latest trailer.Shortly after Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot released in 2014, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. confirmed plans to expand the film into a new shared universe, later dubbed the MonsterVerse. Superheroes. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) The one that launched a thousand gifs and memes. Jet Jaguar grows to Kaiju size and teams up with Godzilla to fight Megalon and Gigan. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. In this 13th installment of the 1st Godzilla series deals with the underground country of Seatopia striking back at mankind. Sie finden Rezensionen und Details zu einer vielseitigen Blu-ray- und DVD-Auswahl – … Shin Godzilla showcases the best the series has to offer when it comes to dark, brooding commentary, but on the other side of the spectrum is Megalon. The Red Arone suit had a different head and wings. The two kaiju combined overwhelm Jet Jaguar, but Godzilla soon arrives to help. In response to this, Antonio calls for Star Hunter Nebula M to send Gigan to Earth to assist Megalon. However the agents' first attempt is botched and they are forced to flee to safety. History. In his review on July 12, 1976, Canby said, "Godzilla vs. Megalon completes the canonization of Godzilla...It's been a remarkable transformation of character - the dragon has become St. Gorgo v. Superman. The ultimate post battle handshake!! His message is received in the advanced underwater kingdom of Seatopia, where Emperor Antonio holds a ritual to awaken their guardian Megalon to make war on the surface-dwellers in retaliation for the damage caused by their nuclear tests. Jinkawa escapes his binds and subdues the Seatopian agent, forcing him to reveal that the two are being transported in a container truck. Along with the poster, buttons with one of the four kaiju's faces on them were released. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. Comics. Godzilla vs. Megalon was the 13th entry in the Godzilla series. Answer. Victorious, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar shake each other's hands and go their separate ways. 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