My second favorite Godzilla movie of all time. When I first heard about this movie, I was excited about it for two reasons. The first was that the director of this movie was Shusuke Kaneko, the director of the Heisei Gamera trilogy. The fact that he was the director means that this movie was going to be incredible. The second reason because my fiance at the time actually was interested in watching this movie, something that was almost never heard of, because she had read about the plot and thought it was interesting. So let’s get right into today’s movie, Godzilla, Mothra, And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack.
The plot: While lecturing about the JSDF’s efforts against Godzilla in 1954, Admiral Taizo Tachibana is pulled out of the lecture with the news that a nuclear submarine has gone missing. As submarines search the wreckage, they see glowing dorsal fins moving among the undersea rocks. While this is going on, Yuri Tachibana, Admiral Taizo’s daughter, is filming a “docudrama” at Mt. Myoko when a sudden earthquake occurs. As she is getting back to her feet, Yuri spies an old man staring at her from some trees. Later that night, another earthquake occurs that buries a gang of bikers in a tunnel. A truck driver that survived the quake tells the authority that it was Godzilla. Yuri’s friend, Teruaki Takeda, believes Yuri’s story that a monster caused the earthquake, citing a book that references the legend of the guardian monsters. The next night, a larva mothra appears, attacking some teenagers that were at Lake Ikeda. Yuri interviews the old man that she saw at Mt. Myoko, Hirotoshi Isayama, who tells her that the souls of all the Japanese that died in World War II are inhabiting Godzilla and wish to destroy Japan for forgetting their sacrifice. He also says that the only hope Japan has is that the guardian monsters, Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, arrive to battle Godzilla. Yuri goes to where King Ghidorah is supposed to be, but only finds a strange stone. Baragon surfaces and begins heading towards Tokyo at the same time that Godzilla surfaces. The two monsters meet in Hakone and begin to battle, with Godzilla eventually killing Baragon. Yuri is injured during the battle and, in spite of Teruaki’s refusal to help, she continues reporting on Godzilla’s rampage. As Godzilla heads towards Yokohama, Mothra emerges from her cocoon and Hirotoshi uses a stone idol to unleash King Ghidorah. As the two monsters head to Yokohama to battle Godzilla, the JSDF do their best to stop Godzilla but Godzilla destroys most of the JSDF forces. King Ghidorah is injured during the battle but when Godzilla kills Mothra, Mothra’s spirit merges with King Ghidorah, reviving it and making it even stronger. King Ghidorah and Godzilla continue their battle under the sea, while two JSDF subs armed with the D-03, a burrowing, explosive missile, submerge to help the golden dragon. However, the first sub accidentally hits King Ghidorah with it’s missile, giving Godzilla the edge it needs to beat the golden dragon. Meanwhile, Yuri had been filming the battle from a nearby bridge, but a blast from Godzilla had damaged the bridge and Yuri is left dangling from the wreckage with Teruaki trying to pull her back up. As the two start to fall, the stone that Yuri found falls out of her pocket and merges with King Ghidorah, bringing the monster up to full power. King Ghidorah unleashes a stream of bubbles to save the two people and then resumes the battle with Godzilla. Godzilla finally kills King Ghidorah but the spirits of all three guardian monsters appear and enter Godzilla’s body, causing Godzilla to sink back beneath the ocean. Admiral Taizo pilots the second sub into Godzilla’s mouth and fires the second D-03 missile while inside Godzilla, causing a massive wound on Godzilla’s neck. Godzilla resurfaces in front of Yuri and Teruaki and prepares to blast them, but the blast winds up coming out of the wound in it’s neck. When it happens a second time, the pain causes Godzilla to sink back underwater, allowing Admiral Taizo to pilot his sub out of Godzilla’s mouth before the monster explodes. As Yuri runs to congratulate her father, Admiral Taizo stops her from getting to close in case he is radioactive. The two then salute both the soldiers and the guardian monsters that gave their lives to stop Godzilla, while at the bottom of the ocean, Godzilla’s heart is seen steaily beating away.
This movie is incredible. Definitely one of the best Godzilla movies out there. The story and plot were fantastic, mixing in different aspects from spiritualism to the culture clash between the youth and adults in Japan. Originally, the monsters facing Godzilla were supposed to be Anguirus, Varan, and Baragon but the studio decided that Anguirus and Varan were not “bankable” enough so they were replaced with King Ghidorah and Mothra, who had more drawing power, while Baragon was kept because he was more popular than the other original monsters. It was also kind of weird to see King Ghidorah as the good guy in this movie. The Godzilla suit was changed from the previous films, with the solid white eyes giving it a more evil look then it has had in years. The other monsters were made smaller than normal in order to help make Godzilla appear to be the strongest monster of them all. The battles between the monsters were great, as well as the battles with the JSDF. The only thing I didn’t like was Mothra’s “stinger weapon”. Mothra is a moth, not a wasp or bee. But since they had to take away some of Mothra’s abilities to make it weaker, this was a small annoyance that didn’t take away from the movie as a whole. This is still a great movie that is well worth watching.
Rating: 5 out of 5