In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »
Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend, Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his so he can be rescued. The two pilots are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization, that a monster closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they ultimately destroy each other?Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
The Godzilla prop used in the shot when the planes fly over him in the ice mountains was actually a wind-up toy. It was originally supposed to be walking in the shot, but it looked so unrealistic that the finished movie has it simply standing still. Either way, it is still one of the most infamously awkward effect shots of the film. See more »
When Godzilla smashes the lighthouse with his tail, in the close up of his tail doing that, the model is much smaller than the one in the wide shot after he has smashed it. See more »
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First Godzilla sequel isn't on the level of the original film, artistically speaking, but it is entertaining as a simple monster movie. The story this time has Godzilla (called Gigantis in the English version and explained to be a different creature from the first film) fighting with another monster called Anguirus. Turns out Godzilla and Anguirus have a rivalry that dates back millions of years. The same H-bomb tests that awoke the first Godzilla awoke these two. Now they're battling it out and everybody's worried they will destroy Japan in the process.
Like most Godzilla movies, it's all pretty silly but hard to dislike. The English dubbing is very enthusiastic. In some parts the atmosphere is tarnished by the overly perky narration but it's all fun so I didn't mind it much. More critical viewers might be put off by it though. The special effects are hokey but that's part of the joy of watching these old movies. Anguirus is a spiky-backed creature that, we're told, "has brains in several parts of his body." Which is hilarious if you think about it. The action scenes and fight scenes between the two monsters are very cool. I would compare watching this to watching one of the many Universal horror sequels or some of the low-budget American sci-fi flicks of the '50s. They are flawed movies but endlessly entertaining if you aren't too demanding.
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