Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
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Great monster fight sequences are a highlight of the 14th Godzilla film. Aliens armed with a mechanical Godzilla intend to take over the planet. The earthlings summon the legendary King Seesar to assist Godzilla in the battle to defend earth.

Title:Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Original Title:Gojira tai Mekagojira
Release Date:March 20, 1974
Runtime:
Genres:Action, Foreign, Science Fiction
Production Co.:Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd., Toho Company, Toho Eizo Co.
Production Countries:Japan
Director:Jun Fukuda
Writers:, , ,
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Plot Keywords:godzilla, tokusatsu, robot, kaiju
Alternative Titles:
  • Godzilla vs. The Bionic Monster - [US]
  • Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster - [US]
  • King Kong - Monster aus der Tiefe - [DE]
  • Godzilla gegen King Kong - [DE]
  • Godzilla gegen Mechagodzilla - [DE]
  • Godzilla 14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla - [US]
  • ゴジラ対メカゴジラ - [JP]
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla - [BR]

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Reviews

  • One of the Better 70s Godzilla.
    by mattbowyer_84 on 25 November 2004

    11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

    Released in 1974, Gojira tai Mekagojira is a very nice break from the garbage that was 1973's Gojira tai Megaro (Godzilla Against Megalon). Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was made to commemorate Godzilla's 20th anniversary. Toho hired veteran composer Masaru Sato for the music, Teruyoshi Nakano was brought back for special effects, and Jun Fukuda returned to direct. After Godzilla vs. Megalon, Fukuda does a 180 and gives us an exciting, original, well-paced film.

    The special effects are among the best of the Showa series. While some of the Black Hole Aliens scenes leave some to be desired, the monster scenes are well done,and greatly improved over Godzilla vs. Megalon. The battles between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla are fast-paced and brutal. Mechagodzilla is a very original foe for Godzilla, and probably his deadliest. Godzilla himself is the Megarogoji from 1973, but Toho gave him a "mean" look. King Seesar is an interesting monster, and has a small cult following, but many look down upon him due to him getting pummeled by Mechagodzilla.

    There are flaws though. Character development leaves some to be desired, but this can be forgiven by the film's fast pace. Also, some special effects shots, like Mechagodzilla's chest lightning, look ridiculous.

    Here's an interesting fact for those who don't already know: During Godzilla's fight with Fake Godzilla, you may notice that Fake Godzilla seems rather goofy, with a chubbier jaw, and his hands resemble Mechagodzilla's missile finger. This is because Toho used a promotional Godzilla suit, instead of making a second Megarogoji suit, which they couldn't afford. The Fake Godzilla suit was also used for water scenes, because water causes a lot of wear and tear on Godzilla suits.

    Overall, Gojira tai Mekagojira is a fast-paced, fun, exciting film to watch. Possibly the best of the seventy's, and it's leaps and bounds above Godzilla vs. Megalon. However, if you're expecting anything like the original Gojira, or the Golden Age, look elsewhere. But, if you're the kind who enjoys fast-paced action, this is your kind of film.

    Score:7/10

  • An Enjoyable G-Film!!
    by gigan-92 on 25 April 2009

    6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

    Godzilla's 14th film, his 20th Anniversary, is pretty good, better than the last two, that's for sure. Finally, we aren't bombarded with stock-footage, crappy monsters, and karate moves. The story was good, and so were most of the SFX. Plus, a reason of its own to give the film a star, it introduced MechaGodzilla, one of my favorite monsters! The story wasn't a rehash of the others and they actually brought back some of the best Toho actors, Akihiko Hirata and Hiroshi Koizumi! The music was all right for the most part, with its jazzy feel to it. The aliens are a bit of a disappointment, being monkeys, but they didn't ruin it like the cockroaches in "Godzilla vs. Gigan". This is the first film since "Godzilla vs. Hedorah", a whole three years (!!), for SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano to actually display something presentable and all of Mecha-G's rampage scenes are carried out nicely. But the doppelganger's chest ray looked too simple compared to his eye beams, which looked incredible. To the monsters....

    Angiurus returns, now able to leap at his foes like Baragon in "Frankenstien Conquers the World", a bit odd but cool. His fight with Mecha-G is very physical, ripping Anguirus' jaws apart and all. Mecha-G was incredibly cool looking and all his weapons are brought to life fantastically. I'm glad he returns in "Terror of MechaGodzilla". King Seeser is actually a decent monster but I hate the fact that that braud had to sing for over a minute to awaken him! It was the Mothra song coming back to haunt us all. Godzilla is still the suit from "Godzilla vs. Megalon". The final battle was spectacular and fun goes to bloody levels never before seen in a G-film and the Monster King takes quite a beating. In this film Godzilla also doesn't do any goofy moves or that many human tactics. Of course, besides that scene where he missed his mechanical twin with his heat ray and seemed to snap his fingers in anger. The human characters all give good performances and a few espionage scenes, but the aliens' aluminum foil base wasn't that impressive.

    I really enjoyed this movie and really think it's one of the better at a time when Godzilla films were really going downhill. The sequel surpasses this film, but the end of the original series I guess was inevitable at this point.

  • Mechagodzilla is my favorite Godzilla opponent!
    by Aaron1375 on 28 February 2003

    8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

    Of the Showa era Godzilla films, the best was the first film as it was done very well and had very disturbing scenes when one watched the uncut Japanese version. However, my favorite Godzilla film to watch in the Showa era is this particular film. It features my favorite Godzilla enemy in Mechagodzilla and has an awesome fight at the end. I also like the Mechagodzilla film done during the Hensei era and though I think this Mechagodzilla incarnation is cooler, that one was still the better film and my favorite of the Hensei era films. Mechagodzilla would return during the millennial Godzilla series in two movies, but I was not as happy with them. The first one was really good, but I think they missed the mark on the second. It was a two part thing and they clearly showed Mechagodzilla (call Kiryu in those films) as being superior and more than a match for Godzilla and for reasons unknown they add Mothra to the mix also fighting against Godzilla who was completely overwhelmed during the second film. Here, Mechagodzilla is a product of aliens while in all other incarnations it is a weapon designed by man to defeat Godzilla. This Mechagodzilla, though, to me had the best arsenal of weapons including really cool finger missiles!

    The story has some people at a ceremony when the young lady performing it suddenly has a vision of a monster destroying the world. Granted, her vision clearly shows Gidorah shots from previous movies. Well, turns out that there is something to this prophecy as soon Godzilla emerges and begins causing havoc! He decimates his old monster friend Anguiris and makes his way to a port where he comes face to face with another Godzilla! Are there two Godzillas? No, the one causing mayhem is a cyborg version of Godzilla called Mechagodzilla. Godzilla seems killed by this creation and the humans must try and figure out how to resurrect a monster known as King Ceasar to try and combat this metal monstrosity! Thankfully, for King Ceasar a certain monster may come back in a foul mood and ready to avenge his earlier loss!

    This Showa era Godzilla film seemed to move away a bit from the silliness of the previous couple of Godzilla films. There was no child present, there was blood spewing and a lot of other things that made this entry darker than the previous film, Godzilla vs Megalon. This film and the next would help the Showa era end on a strong note and these two films are favorites of mine as I do not like the overly kiddie movies like Megalon, but on the other hand I prefer Godzilla to be the hero as I like pulling for Godzilla to win and that does not happen all too often when he is bad Godzilla.

    So all in all a really good Godzilla film from the Showa era. It has things within in it that other films in the era do not and I like the characters in this one too. I was actually interested in what the humans were doing as they were done well enough I was not just waiting for the scenes with the monsters. The villains were good too, though I do find it incredibly lame that they could not fix their own creation, but instead had to use and Earthling to do the job. Still, a pretty fun Godzilla flick and the next to last movie of an era.

  • Great
    by Xomby on 4 June 1999

    7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

    This movie has everything: Giant rubbery monsters slugging it out, cyborgs, and the gorillas from "Planet of the Apes". Angilas is my favorite monster and my favorite scene is where he fights Mechagodzilla. I like the battle scene at the end: the special effects are much better than almost any other Godzilla movie of the 70's, 60's or 50's. The music is also kickin': I thought that any moment the battling monsters would start slamdancing to it! I like this movie a lot and it should be noted as Angilas's last appearance.

  • my introduction to the wonderful world of godzilla movies
    by ciarandino on 9 October 2012

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    This is the first godzilla movie I ever saw, when I was about five years old, so naturally, I have a lot of nostalgia for this flick. It introduced me to the wonderful world of godzilla movies. I personally think this was an awesome movie. It has four monsters, three awesome monster battles, an ancient prophecy, James Bond esc elements and a killer soundtrack. This is a real return to form for Godzilla after the dismal Godzilla vs Gigan and Godzilla vs Megalon (I actually liked Godzilla vs Hedorah, and I enjoyed the final battle in Gigan, but overall GvG was pretty awful).

    I love the designs of the monsters. The godzilla suit from Megalon was reused, but it was dramatically improved with an altered head, which had an angry frown and smaller, sharper teeth, which made the suit look a lot more viscous, not like the previous head which made big G look way too cutesy. The Anguirus suit from Destroy All Monsters was reused, which I have no problem with, because the suit looks damn awesome. King Caesar is an awesome monster, though considering he was so integral to the prophecy in the movie, he didn't really do much when he was actually awakened other than get his ass royally handed to him by Mechagodzilla. And now we move on to Godzilla's foe for this movie, his mechanical twin Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla just looks incredible. The thing looks damn evil, what with those glaring orange eyes. It sounds evil too, with that screeching roar it makes.

    The movie has brilliant build up. After their first confrontation ends in a tie (with godzilla seemingly dead), godzilla and mechagodzilla leave to recover. After that point, the movie builds up to an epic climax, and it does not disappoint. Godzilla and caesar fight mechagodzilla in one of the most action packed monster fights ever seen. I highly recommend this movie to any godzilla fan, anyone who's new to the series, or anyone who just likes old B movies.

  • Its not ordinary titanium...
    by AwesomeWolf on 10 November 2004

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    Version: Siren's R4 DVD, English dub. Possible spoilers.

    This fine film starts with an archaeological dig in Okinawa - our archaelogist heroes (although they just don't compare to Indiana Jones) discover rock-paintings with a prophecy about monsters destroying the world and metal not found on Earth. I wouldn't think that such a prophecy would be big news, after all, Godzilla & pals had been raiding Japan for 20 years.

    Speaking of Godzilla, he turns up in Japan, trashes Tokyo for a bit and beats up on Angilas. "Why is Godzilla attacking his friend?" a confused scientist asks, before discovering moments later that the strange metal from Okinawa isn't just titanium - its space titanium. Titanium. From Space.

    So what does this all mean? Are they random coincidences? Or have alien gorillas who wear human suits, and originating from the 9th planet in the Black Hole Galaxy, come up with a plan to conquer Earth using a MechaGodzilla? You have one guess.

    Well, now its up to Godzilla and King Caesar (the not so legendary protector of Okinawa, who has yet to reappear in any kaiju movie...) to battle MechaGodzilla, while the human characters thwart the Aliens plans. Speaking of humans, our future is in the hands of some scientists and an Interpol agent. Yes, Interpol investigates alien invasions now.

    "Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla" sets new standards in absurdity in Godzilla movies. It really is that silly. I'm not saying that its bad - on the contrary, I thought the movie was great fun, and I think the aliens' real plan was to makes us all laugh ourselves to death. The dubbing is truly bad (that explains a lot of the cheese-factor), and most of the movie is laughable. Any Godzilla fan should check it out, as should anyone looking for cheap, cheesy laughs.

    5/10

  • One of the best of the series
    by knsevy on 1 December 2003

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    ***SPOILERS JUST IN CASE***

    Definitely the best made between the original movie and Godzilla 1984 (both of which are superior to this one).

    Of course, it leaves a few things unexplained. For instance, if you're going to make a giant robot fighting machine, why shape it like Godzilla, in the first place? Not to put the Big Guy down, but he doesn't exactly have the most streamlined or efficient body design. The aliens' reason (disguise it as Godzilla to confuse people) seems a little thin, to me. What's the advantage to them in letting people think Godzilla's on the rampage, instead of just going all-out and attacking without a disguise?

    Secondly, this was one of the series that used the regrettable 'install Godzilla in a piece of scenery' schtick, instead of just having him come roaring up out of the sea. I was willing to forgive this in King Kong vs. Godzilla, since discovering Godzilla in an iceberg was proper continuity from the end of Godzilla Raids Again. Finding Godzilla buried and sleeping under a mountain was a pretty far-fetched premise in Godzilla vs Ebirah. But even that was more believable than having Godzilla emerge from a warehouse!

    That having been said, the good parts outnumber the bad. The soundtrack, with it's rocking, Stan-Kentonesque big-band theme for MechaGodzilla, is a great updating from the Ifukube scores which were just being re-used, time after time in most Godzilla movies. The song Ms. Moonface sings to awaken King Caesar is forgettable, but not so awful that it's hard to endure. It's preferable to the Minitwits' Mothra line-dance song that we heard so many times.

    King Caesar, in his only performance (he was even cut from the flashback scenes in the sequel to this film) proves a worthy ally for Godzilla. He may not be an all-powerful titan, but there's no quit in him. Basing a monster design on a temple guardian dog was a far better idea, in my opinion, than making a monster out of a roach. Mechagodzilla's design is equally good, though I question the necessity of putting a Superman-like 'M' on his chest plate, and you can easily see the grating in his neck where the suit actor's eyes are.

    The movie contains the requisite accidental goofiness, like the 'prophecy' which is repeated about a dozen different ways, and the Professor's solid-metal pipe, which must weigh about five pounds. This is a Godzilla flick, though. It's entertainment, not art.

  • Undoubtedly cool film.
    by lartronic on 29 May 2000

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    You can love everything about this film, no matter how cheap and shoddy it is. This is one of my favorites, with Godzilla battling his robot clone, with the help of King Seesar. The robot clone is being controlled by apes from the planet of the apes, or in otherwords, outer space. Angillus is also in this, and it turns into one big ol' battle for survival. There are a few different versions of this film, and I have seen it under all the titles, but the one for me that is most memorable is the version put out by UAV. It was under the title "Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster" but the film print is dark, and there is no opening credits, just a title card after the mountain explodes. It also has some film scratches, but we won't worry about those. Sometimes the picture is hard to see also. I don't know why I remember that one, probably because it's so different from all the other prints, but no matter how you see the film, it is undoubtedly cool.

  • What in Carmen Sandiego is Space Titanium?
    by KSUFootball900 on 31 May 2006

    4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

    Truly amazing, a movie meant to be serious delivers more laughs than your average comedy. In this delightful film Godzilla has to face off with Mechagodzilla, and his only teammate is an over-sized puppy dog (King Caeser). Here are some excerpts from this fine film.

    "This can only be... Space Titanium"...somehow the professor knows what the heck space titanium is.

    "I am sure Mechagodzilla is being remote controlled by a Spaceman" The professor is all knowing.

    One of the most amazing coincidences is how both the spacemen and the professor call him "Mechagodzilla" from the start.

    Over a really crappy movie if you are looking for plot, yet a hilarious film for a good time. I highly recommend it.

  • Godzilla meets his match, in himself....
    by Griever_2112 on 13 December 2010

    2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

    Godzilla who is established in the Showa series of movies as a hero seems to turn on his homeland and begins attacking Japan. We the faithful Godzilla fans know something is up, as the Godzilla attacking has red/orange Atomic Breath... Godzilla's breath is blue... Me thinks something is amiss here.

    Low and behold this impostor is confronted by the real Godzilla in a spectacular fight on a refinery. But as Godzilla damages his doppelganger we see metallic underlaying... The fake is really a ROBOT!!! created bye space aliens, they built a giant robot version of Godzilla named... Mechagodzilla.

    The movie progresses like all Godzilla films do, and In the crescendo Godzilla is aided by the guardian deity monster King Ceasar (who looks like those Japanese dog statues) Overall I like this movie in the Showa series. defiantly in my top 5 of the Showa series, but not my overall.

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