May 25, 2019 | 1:00PM | Egyptian Theatre
Six films! Godzilla madness!
GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (GOJIRA)
1954, Janus Films, 96 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda.
In the first of countless kaiju (“strange creature”) films from Japan, a nuclear explosion rouses a reptilian monster from the depths of the ocean. As Godzilla crushes Tokyo underfoot, the only weapon that could stop him may be too powerful to use. Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi and Akihiko Hirata star in this seminal sci-fi film, which was later recut with new scenes starring Raymond Burr and released as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS! in America. Original Japanese version with English subtitles.
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
1968, Janus Films, 88 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda.
In the year 1999, all of Earth’s monsters have been imprisoned on Ogasawara Island until alien invaders from the planet Kilaak release them and send them on a rampage of destruction around the world. Going all-out for its 20th kaiju eiga (monster movie), Toho combined 11 giant monsters – Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Angilas (from GIGANTIS: THE FIRE MONSTER), Varan (VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE), Manda (ATRAGON), Baragon (FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD and the recent GMK), Gorosaurus (KING KONG ESCAPES), Minya and Kumonga (both from SON OF GODZILLA) – in one motion picture. This final collaboration by the creative team behind the original GODZILLA features several wonderful sequences: quick shots of the destruction of New York, Paris, Moscow and Beijing; four monsters attacking Tokyo; an assault on the Kilaak’s base at Mount Fuji; and a battle between the Earth monsters and King Ghidorah.
GODZILLA’S REVENGE (aka ALL MONSTERS ATTACK)
1969, Janus Films, 70 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda.
An unusual entry in the GODZILLA franchise aimed at younger viewers, this charming film follows latchkey kid Ichiro (Tomonori Yazaki), who dreams of visiting Monster Island. There Godzilla battles numerous foes (through the wonders of stock footage) and the boy befriends the creature’s son, Minilla, who helps teach Ichiro how to stand up to the bullies who torment him in real life. This 35mm print has faded.
GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (KAIJÛ DAISENSÔ)
1965, Janus Films, 93 min. Dir. Ishirô Honda.
When a pair of astronauts travel to an unexplored planet, they discover the advanced Xilien civilization, which is being terrorized by three-headed creature King Ghidorah. The Xiliens offer Earth one of their scientific discoveries in exchange for the services of Godzilla and Rodan to battle Ghidorah – but the plan changes when the monsters meet. Nick Adams costars in this underrated sci-fi adventure, which was also released as INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER.
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (aka GODZILLA VS. THE COSMIC MONSTER)
1974, Janus Films, 80 min. Dir. Jun Fukuda.
An ancient prophecy predicting destruction by monsters … the discovery of space titanium … Godzilla thrashing Angilas and a gigantic ancient temple dog named King Seesar re-awakened on Okinawa – what does it all mean? Why, fiendishly intelligent ape aliens from the Black Hole Galaxy have arrived with their secret weapon to destroy Godzilla and conquer the Earth! And what, you may ask, is their dreaded super-secret weapon? A counterfeit, mechanized Godzilla (Mechagodzilla for short) that will prove to be one of the big G’s most formidable foes. Originally advertised as Godzilla’s 20th anniversary film, there’s plenty of great city-stomping fun to be had by all. With Akihiro Hirata, Shin Kishida, Masaaki Daimon.
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON
1976, Janus Films, 80 min. Dir. Jun Fukuda.
Katsuhiko Sasaki plays the inventor of robot superhero Jet Jaguar (showing some Ultraman influence) who, aided by good guy Godzilla, must go up against titanic roach Megalon and mechanized bird monster Gigan (he with the buzzsaw in his belly), creatures manipulated by the underwater kingdom of Seatopia to attack land-based civilization. Probably the most maligned Godzilla film of the original series, this still has a splendidly goofy charm all its own. More kid-oriented than most of the Godzilla films and loads of fun. This is a “drive-in” print, and will appear lighter on the screen than general release prints.
Special Ticket Prices: $25 General, $23 Student/Senior, $20 Members. No vouchers. | All films English dubbed unless noted. | Screening format: 35mm for all except GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (on DCP). Our thanks to Harry Guerro for the prints. | Godzilla ®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.