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Godzilla Raids Again

Godzilla Raids Again

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Director: Motoyoshi Oda

Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Minoru Chiaki

     
 
Tsukioka (Hiroshi Koizumi) and Kobayashi (Minoru Chiaki) fly scout planes for a small fishing fleet, based in Osaka. A mechanical problem forces Kobayashi to set his plane down on remote Iwato island, and as he and Tsukioka are trying to make repairs, they are drawn to the sound of a horrendous conflagration and discover two enormous dinosaurs battling each other amid

Overview

Tsukioka (Hiroshi Koizumi) and Kobayashi (Minoru Chiaki) fly scout planes for a small fishing fleet, based in Osaka. A mechanical problem forces Kobayashi to set his plane down on remote Iwato island, and as he and Tsukioka are trying to make repairs, they are drawn to the sound of a horrendous conflagration and discover two enormous dinosaurs battling each other amid the snowy wastes of the island. After successfully taking off, they report their findings to the government in Tokyo, and Dr. Yamane (Takashi Shimura) determines that one of the dinosaurs is the same species as Godzilla, and both creatures are just as dangerous as the first Godzilla. The two dinosaurs' battle and chase carries them across the ocean and to Osaka, where they destroy the city, and in the process, Anguirus is killed and incinerated by Godzilla, who escapes out to the sea. Tsukioka and Kobayashi are later flying a patrol when they spot Godzilla on a frozen island. Kobayashi's plane is hit by the monster's incendiary breath and he is killed, and as his plane crashes, a small amount of ice rains down on the creature. Tsukioka gets an idea from his friend's death and directs the military aircraft to fire their missiles -- which have proved ineffective when used directly against Godzilla -- at the icy slopes. Godzilla is soon overwhelmed and buried by the ever-rising cascade of ice, and the dinosaur is frozen solid and immobile in the center of the glacier-size sheet of ice. Motoyoshi Oda's Gojira No Gyakushu (aka Godzilla Raids Again, 1955), issued in Japan six months after the original Gojira and released in America redubbed as Gigantis the Fire Monster four years later, was about as different from its predecessor, Ishiro Honda's Gojira (1954), as could possibly be imagined. Where Honda's film, from a screenplay co-authored by Takeo Murata and the director (based on a story by Shigeru Kayama), found a good balance and linkage between the larger story of the monster's appearance and attacks and the human side of the story, Oda's movie never finds that balance. It offers far too disjointed a plot, involving a pair of pilots, the women they love, the sighting of a second Godzilla and the giant ankylosaurus Anguirus, and their city-destroying battle in Osaka, and even the escape of a group of prisoners. The presence of Takashi Shimura in the Japanese edition of the movie, very briefly reprising his role as Dr. Yamane, only serves to highlight the difference in quality between the two movies and the decided creative poverty of the second film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Gigantis The Fire Monster was the American title to the 1955 Japanese sequel to Gojira, originally titled Gojira no gyakushû (aka Godzilla Raids Again. Made with surprising haste, and with a cast -- excluding Takashi Shimura, who repeated his role from the earlier movie -- not nearly as good, and special effects that were far less convincing than anything in the first movie, the movie was something of a disappointment (though still a success) in Japan; and it is interesting to note that Gojira -- or Godzilla -- disappeared from movies for the next six years, as Toho Studios turned toward other monsters (Rodan, Mothra) and science fiction stories to fill their production schedule. There are interesting elements to this movie, few of which are explored adequately in the rather slipshod screenplay -- the two heroes in this 1955 movies, for instance, are former military pilots who survived the Second World War and are now reduced to flying scout planes for a commercial fishing fleet; and they feel the consequences of their reduced station in life. Additionally, much of the drama here is focused on ordinary civilians, rather than anyone in the government who is dealing directly with the threat of Godzilla. And that makes for an interesting variation on the first movie -- the characters, badly drawn as many of them are, are simply ordinary people from all walks of life, trying to cope with the aftermath of catastrophe, and new tragedy unfolding around them. Unfortunately, we never get far enough inside of any of them to take advantage of the thematic material touched on by the script. And the poorer special effects, plus an indifferent music score, made the movie considerably less than its predecessor in the eyes of most viewers. And then there is the US version, Gigantis The Fire Monster, issued in 1959 in America. For reasons that seem beyond comprehension, the original American distributor appears never to have considered issuing this as an actual "Godzilla" movie in the United States, despite the success of the first film in America -- rather, he tried to sell Godzilla as a new monster, christened Gigantis, and then couldn't understand the relatively small return he got on his investment. Editor/director Hugo Grimaldi supervised the dubbing of the movie, somewhat ineptly, and the re-scoring of the movie -- which was no great loss, as the original music was rather lackluster -- with stock music of the period (lifted, in part, from Kronos). The American version has its defenders, few though they are, and both were issued together on DVD in America in the early 2000s.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
UPC:
0796019801805
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Classic Media
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:40:00
Sales rank:
20,461

Special Features

English subtitles; Japanese version of film; Audio commentary with Steve Ryfle and friends; Slide show of original movie posters; Art of Suit Acting featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hiroshi Koizumi Tsukioka
Minoru Chiaki Kobayashi
Hugo Grimaldi Actor
Setsuko Makayama Actor

Technical Credits
Hugo Grimaldi Director,Editor
Motoyoshi Oda Director
Seichi Endo Cinematographer
Sugeaki Hidaka Screenwriter
Takeo Kita Art Director
Rex Lipton Score Composer
Hiroshi Mukoyama Special Effects
Takeo Murata Screenwriter
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Paul Schreibman Producer
Masao Shirota Special Effects
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Akira Watanabe Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Godzilla Raids Again
1. Island Rescue [10:19]
2. Indestructible Monsters [6:49]
3. Godzilla Invades Osaka [7:23]
4. The Blackout Begins [10:09]
5. Monsters on Land [4:39]
6. Consumed by Fire [3:54]
7. Reduced to Rubble [6:38]
8. Great New Catch [4:07]
9. World Emergency [5:39]
10. Hunting Godzilla [8:12]
11. Plan of Attack [3:54]
12. Successful Mission [6:19]
1. Island Rescue [10:32]
2. Indestructible Monsters [7:21]
3. Godzilla Invades Osaka [6:41]
4. The Blackout Begins [10:16]
5. Monsters on Land [4:58]
6. Consumed by Fire [3:37]
7. Reduced to Rubble [7:10]
8. Great New Catch [4:17]
9. World Emergency [6:08]
10. Hunting Godzilla [8:44]
11. Plan of Attack [4:36]
12. Successful Mission [7:04]

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Godzilla Raids Again 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this film because it is perhaps the campiest, MST 3000-worthy title in the the Godzilla gallery of films and includes the angilas (ma personal favorita monster). This film is highly entertaining and provides much opportunity for volume-off, running audience commentary/ alternative dialogue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the fight between the two. it brought me back to when i was a kid and the reason i couldnt get enough of these MONSTER fights! the story kinda got me.. how the friend.. well i wont ruin anything but all and all it was very good Godzilla movie.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
Ahh its good to see monsters fight like this brings back allot of fun childhood memories. It¿s in black and white but give the movie more of a feel. I liked it and it¿s a good collector¿s edition. (or get it in the set)