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Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Kaijû sôshingeki (original title)
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Directors:

Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda (uncredited)

Writers:

Ishirô Honda, Takeshi Kimura (as Kaoru Mabuchi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Dr. Yoshido
Yukiko Kobayashi Yukiko Kobayashi ... Kyoko Manabe
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Dr. Otani
Kyôko Ai Kyôko Ai ... Kilaak Queen
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Dr. Stevenson
Chôtarô Tôgin Chôtarô Tôgin ... Ogata
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... General
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Commander Nishikawa
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Major Tada
Yoshio Katsuda Yoshio Katsuda ... Young Scientist
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Engineer (as Henry Okawa)
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Old Farmer
Yutaka Sada ... Police Officer
Hiroshi Okada Hiroshi Okada ... Doctor at hospital
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Storyline

Aliens have released all the giant monsters from their imprisonment on Monster Land and are using them to destroy all major cities on the planet. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the aliens' headquarters before the Earth monsters and King Ghidrah annihilate the planet. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Taglines:

The Monsters in in revolt. And the world is on the brink of destruction!! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroy All Monsters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY200,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of only two films in which Mothra does not appear with the Shobijin (Tiny Twin Priestesses). The other is Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). See more »

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When the reporter announces that Baragon is attacking Paris, it is actually Gorosaurus. The Baragon suit was loaned out to Tsubaraya Productions for use on one of their television series and wasn't returned in time for filming. See more »

Quotes

General: I didn't think Tokyo would escape this terror, but Rodan, Godzilla and Manda are all here at the same time.
Major Tada: That's correct. New York, London, Moscow - they were all very unlucky.
Announcer: Emergency! Emergency! Mothra is now in District Number 5.
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Crazy Credits

In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effect director Sademasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa." See more »

Alternate Versions

The English version released by American International Pictures in 1969 is entirely different than Toho's export version. AIP contracted with New York's Titan Productions (previously known as Titra Sound Studios) to loop the English dialogue. Among the dubbing personnel for this version were Hal Linden and Bret Morrison. This dialogue track was included by Media Blasters in its 2011 DVD and Blu-Ray release of "Destroy All Monsters," however, newer printings feature only Toho's Japanese and English soundtracks. AIP was also responsible for several small edits to the film. In the Japanese and international versions, a sign establishing the UN Defense Center can be seen in the rubble of Tokyo. Instead of translating this sign, AIP's editors removed it altogether. Additionally, AIP deleted two shots of Minilla's antics during the climactic monster showdown. AIP also relocated the credits to the end of the picture. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Godzilla on Channel 4 (2013) See more »

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Simply tremendous fun,possibly the essential Japanese monster movie
22 March 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Destroy All Monsters is one of the most sheerly entertaining Godzilla movies. The story,if derivative of Monster Zero,is large-scale and exciting {although the alien invasion idea would soon be done to death},the action is non-stop and the film features almost all the monsters from Toho films made up to that time. There is mass destruction,lazer gun shoot-outs,lots of barmy but cool ideas such as Monster Island,a place where all Earth's monsters are kept by scientists-how can the movie not be terrific entertainment?

There are a few flaws with the film which may not have been present if the Toho of 1964 had made it rather than the Toho of 1968. Although the story has the entire world threatened and several of Earth's cities destroyed,the budget did obviously not extend to allowing much of a depiction of this,bar some brief,unconvincing scenes. Also,a few of the monsters are only briefly shown,such as Varan {The Unbelievable},who appears only in two blink-and -you're-miss-them shots {the suit had been ruined and there was not enough money to buy a new one}. The film may therefore have actually been better with less monsters. However,criticisms of dullness are ridiculous,the film is constant action,which makes up for the lack of interesting human characters,and amazingly,the film is taken more seriously than many of the other Godzilla films,almost achieving the perfection of tone of Godzilla Vs Mothra. Of course,there are a few wonderfully stupid moments,like the sequence of our heroes severing a control device with a lazer which helariously goes on for ages. A shame the final Earth monsters vs Ghidorah fight is too short,but than Ghidorah did not really stand a chance!

Terrific fun,though,with a wonderful Akira Ifikube score featuring two of the most memorable kaiju themes! Not the best Godzilla film,but probably the most essential one to see!


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