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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Japan 92m, Colour
Director: Ishirō Honda; Cast: Yosuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi, Haruo Nakajima

As nuclear weapons are reluctantly considered against the world-wide threat of Ghidorah (the monster from outer space which destroyed life on Venus),  the singing little ladies from Infant Island convince Mothra to persuade Godzilla and Rodan to join forces to defeat their common enemy. Despite Godzilla’s initial protests, he reluctantly agrees, marking the beginning of his anti-hero status for which he becomes known in later films. While production values are raised from previous Godzilla offerings, the cartoonish colour film process lacks the more menacing documentary look of the earlier black and white films (Klaus Ming February 2012).

2 comments on “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

  1. Hoosier X

    This is another one that I love beyond all sensible or rational measures of its merit.

    Several years ago – 2008 – I was trying to decide what my favorite Japanese movie is. I narrowed it down to five and I’ve never really been comfortable with my final choice – Yojimbo – because I love the other four films so much.

    For the record, they are Yojimbo; Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster; King Kong vs. Godzilla; Female Convict Scorpion: Prisoner 701; and Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41.

    Yeah, for me, Japanese cinema is all about Kurosawa, Godzilla and Meiko Kaji. (But I also love Harikiri and Kwaidan. And then there’s Ozu! I’ve seen Good Morning since I made that list and I’m wondering if I should re-open that whole question.)

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