Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

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Overview

The seventh film in Toho's Godzilla series and the first without the direction of Inoshiro Honda, this colorful installment finds the natives of a volcanic island enslaved by the armies of an unnamed country claiming to be in control of a giant crustacean named Ebirah. A boatload of teens and a wanted criminal are washed ashore on the same island, where they encounter a large group of escaped slaves who hail from Mothra Island, home of another popular Toho monster. They pray to their moth-god to liberate them, ...
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Overview

The seventh film in Toho's Godzilla series and the first without the direction of Inoshiro Honda, this colorful installment finds the natives of a volcanic island enslaved by the armies of an unnamed country claiming to be in control of a giant crustacean named Ebirah. A boatload of teens and a wanted criminal are washed ashore on the same island, where they encounter a large group of escaped slaves who hail from Mothra Island, home of another popular Toho monster. They pray to their moth-god to liberate them, oblivious to the fact that a certain green lizard is trapped beneath their cavern hideout. The teens soon discover this and release Godzilla from the rock with a well-placed lightning rod. Released and re-energized, Godzilla soon goes head-to-head with Ebirah, while Mothra eventually flaps into action to free the captives. Silly and cartoonish despite some more menacing elements, this is nevertheless one of the more interesting chapters in the Godzilla pantheon.
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Editorial Reviews

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This 1966 entry in the Godzilla series bucks the "kiddie movie" trend of many late-'60s/early-'70s entries with a surprisingly complex and ambitious plot. In fact, the actual monster mash component of the film is held off until the final hour. In its place, Shinichi Sekizawa's dense yet concise script dishes out a fun spy movie plot that combines a missing brother, a mysterious sea monster, secret military experiments, and a secret hideout driven by slave labor into an energetic and exciting brew. It's a testament to director Jun Fukuda's skills that Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster never gets dull or convoluted: he keeps the action unrolling at a steady pace that allows the plot's turnabouts and surprises to flow in an engaging style. Best of all, the monsters make quite a ruckus when they finally appear -- the battle between Godzilla and Ebirah, the film's villain, includes all the building smashing and boulder tossing a Godzilla fan could hope for (Mothra also makes a guest appearance). In short, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster probably won't convert anyone who sees the Godzilla series as juvenile, but fans will be pleasantly surprised by its ambitious approach to the giant monster genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2014
  • UPC: 814131018243
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Source: Section 23
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,820

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Akira Takarada Yashi
Toru Watanabe Ruta
Kumi Mizuno Daiyo
Akihiko Hirata Captain
Jun Tazaki Base Commander
Eisei Amamoto Red Bamboo Naval Officer
Haruo Nakajima Gojira
Hideo Sunazuka Mita
Ikio Sawamura Elderly Slave
Technical Credits
Jun Fukuda Director
Matt Greenfield Executive Producer
Toru Iwakami Executive Producer
Takeo Kita Art Director
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Kazuo Yamada Cinematographer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Godzilla's warm island adventures

    Escape to an exotic locale, and enjoy the bright colors and upbeat music! One of the most enjoyable adventures of the Big G, Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster contains enough fun, intrigue and appealing visuals to make for a pleasant viewing.

    Join a group of teens searching for a missing brother, pitting their wits against the criminal Red Bamboo organization, and resurrecting Godzilla with lightning. Thrill as Ebirah's giant claw rends ships in two!

    In addition to Ebirah, the titular Sea Monster, Mothra makes a cameo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not to be missed!!!

    What makes this film great is the feel of it. It's the nostalgic type of Godzilla film that you would be watching on a Sunday afternoon on some public TV station with way too many commercials. There are many other reasons why I enjoy this film, one of which is the scene were Godzilla is being attacked by the "enemy" jet fighters which is LOL. Thanks for reading my review, I hope you have found it helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very exciting

    Godzilla fans will love this movie. The effects are great and the movie is very exciting.

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