When Godzilla Vs Biollante failed to do as well as producers wanted, they decided to bring back some of Godzilla’s classic foes for future films. So it makes sense that the first monster they brought back would arguably be Godzilla’s greatest foe, King Ghidorah. Even though it came out in 1991, it would be several years before I would be able to see this movie, this was also before I was familiar enough with ebay to pick up a copy. When I first saw a copy of this at the video store, I was unbelievably happy. So let’s get on with today’s movie, Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah.
The plot: A UFO is spotted flying in the skies of Japan. Noted author Kenichiro Terasawa is asked to write about it but he chooses to focus on a story about a living dinosaur that was spotted during WWII. His research leads him to Yasuaki Shindo, who denies the dinosaurs existence at first, but upon hearing Kenichiro’s theory that the dinosaur would wind up becoming Godzilla, Shindo gives him some pictures to prove the dinosaur did exist. The UFO is spotted landing by Mt. Fuji and three people, Wilson, Grenchko, and Emmy Kano, emerge. Calling themselves the Futurians, they say they come from the year 2204 and want to help people of Japan by going back in time to stop Godzilla from ever being created. Kenichiro, psychic Miki Saegusa, and Professor Mazaki accompany Emmy and her pilot, Android M-11, to 1944’s Lagos Island. Once on the island, the time travelers witness a battle between the Japanese garrison and American forces broken up by the appearance of a dinosaur, which they name Godzillasaurus. The Godzillasaurus kills off the American forces but is gravely wounded by the nearby naval ships. After the Japanese garrison leaves the island, M-11 teleports the Godzillasaurus to an island in the Bering Sea, so that it will not be exposed to the radiation needed to transform into Godzilla, and then head back to the present day. However, unknown to the three travelers, Emmy releases three creatures called Dorats onto the island before the ship leaves, where the radiation from atomic test transforms the three creatures into King Ghidorah, who has begun to attack Japan. Emmy learns the truth about why Wilson and Grenchko came back in time, and decides to help present day Japan defeat the other Futurians. Meanwhile, the Godzillasaurus has been exposed to modern day radiation, resulting in an even bigger, and more powerful, Godzilla being created. The newly created Godzilla heads towards Japan and begins battling King Ghidorah, while Emmy, Kenichiro, and a reprogrammed M-11 stop the Futurians. Godzilla manages to defeat King Ghidorah, even managing to sever the middle head, and after M-11 teleports the Futurian’s ship to the area, Godzilla destroys the Futurians as well. Godzilla goes on a rampage through Tokyo with little hope of being stopped, but Emmy returns to battle Godzilla, having rebuilt the body of King Ghidorah into a cyborg monster called Mecha-King Ghidorah. Though the cyborg is heavily damages, Emmy manages to use Mecha-King Ghidorah to capture Godzilla and fly him over the ocean before both monsters drop into the water.
There was a lot of controversy about this film due to some anti-American themes in the movie. The fact that the Godzillasaurus helped the Japanese by killing the American troops, plus two of the Futurians were Westerners that wanted to destroy Japan to prevent it from becoming a super-power were two of the big examples used. This was simply a sign of the times when it was made as there were strong economic tensions between the U.S. and Japan in the early 90’s.
This was entertaining but definitely on the cheesy side at times. The scene in 1944 with the American’s seeing the time vessel landing on the island, with one of the men saying “You can tell your son about it when he’s born, Major Spielberg” was a nod to Stephen Spielberg and some of his movies (mainly Close Encounters and E.T.). Cheesy for sure but it was funny. The story and plot were pretty good, although there were a lot of times where M-11 seemed like nothing more than a cheap Terminator knock-off. The effects were really good and I liked the design of Mecha-King Ghidorah design. The main problem I had was what I think is one big plot hole in the story. If the Godzillasaurus was moved off the island so that it doesn’t become Godzilla, then how does everybody remember that Godzilla exists. The Futurians, and the people that had gone back in time, would be retain their memories because they were outside the timestream (which just about every movie involving time travel points out), yet everyone in Japan still remembers him. If the Godzillasaurus never became Godzilla, then how could everyone remember Godzilla. That’s it. That was my main detraction from the movie (aside from some ridiculous dubbing at times but that is par for the course). Otherwise, it is an entertaining movie that is fun to watch.
Rating: 3 out of 5