Cert: PG Runtime: 92 mins Director: Ishiro Honda Cast: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi and Hiroshi Koizumi
Ahhh, these monsters are as stupid as human beings!
Ishiro Honda for me really embodied the whole kaiju cinematic world, a few years ago I watched Ghidorak not knowing what to expect. As part of my giant monster month, I thought I would share one of the essential kaiju movies in cinema. So what is Ghidorak, The Three-Headed Monster is all about? A princess from a small Himalayan country becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian (a Martian in the American version) and escapes a plane just as it explodes. As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet’s destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well. Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting each other and to team up to fight the new monster. At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland.
Ghidorah is truly a breathtaking monster. He can fly, has three heads, shoots gravity beams, and seemingly is unbeatable. Ghidorah would go on to be Godzilla’s most popular foe and a constant reappear.This is really the first Godzilla film to be made in which the main focus is not on Godzilla. Godzilla is in it, but so are Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah. Also this is the first film in which Godzilla saves Japan and acts more as a hero than a villain. The aspect of a bad guy turning good has worked on other characters in movies and comics and television but I do not like how they did this with Godzilla. Godzilla being good is just something that does not feel right, why would he change his ways just like that? But it is not the end of the world, I just like him way better as a bad guy.The fight scenes are great in this film. Both the fight between Godzilla and Rodan and Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra against Ghidorah are great. Another thing I did not get is why Godzilla’s atomic breath looks so bad in this film? It just looks like dust or sand.The human scenes are kind of weird at times.
The princess who believes that she is a martian survived a fall from her plane down to the ocean? And how does she get the powers that allow her to predict when monsters are going to appear. It is also interesting that she talks about how Ghidorah destroyed other planets but I have to wonder how reliable a source she is. After all she did know when Rodan and Godzilla would show up so I am guessing that she is right about Ghidorah also. But I love the part where the guy gets hit in the head by the wrench and he yells “Eeeeee Yahhhhh!!!!” This is also the first time Godzilla works with other monsters to fight a different monster. This idea would be re used again.This is one of Toho’s best films. Definitely a significant film that had a lot of firsts.