Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

Japanese poster
Directed byJun Fukuda
Produced byTomoyuki Tanaka
Written byShinichi Sekizawa
Peter Fernandez (English version)
StarringAkira Takarada
Kumi Mizuno
Chotaro Togin
Hideo Sunazuka
Toru Watanabe
Toru Ibuki
Akihiko Hirata
Jun Tazaki
Ikio Sawamura
Pair Bambi
Eisei Amamoto
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Music byMasaru Sato
Distributed byToho (Japan)
Walter Reade Organization
Release date(s)December 17, 1966 (Japan)
1967 (USA)
Running time87 min. (83 min. dubbed)
LanguageJapanese, English
Budget$1,200,000[citation needed]
 
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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

Japanese poster
Directed byJun Fukuda
Produced byTomoyuki Tanaka
Written byShinichi Sekizawa
Peter Fernandez (English version)
StarringAkira Takarada
Kumi Mizuno
Chotaro Togin
Hideo Sunazuka
Toru Watanabe
Toru Ibuki
Akihiko Hirata
Jun Tazaki
Ikio Sawamura
Pair Bambi
Eisei Amamoto
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Music byMasaru Sato
Distributed byToho (Japan)
Walter Reade Organization
Release date(s)December 17, 1966 (Japan)
1967 (USA)
Running time87 min. (83 min. dubbed)
LanguageJapanese, English
Budget$1,200,000[citation needed]

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, (released in Japan as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō?)) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya)[1], the film starred Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, and Eisei Amamoto. The 7th film in the Godzilla series, this was the first of two island themed adventure films starring Godzilla.

The film was released straight to television in the United States in 1967 by the Walter Reade organization as Godzilla versus The Sea Monster.

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Plot

After Yata (Tooru Ibuki) is lost at sea, his brother Ryota (Tooru Watanabe) steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. The crew runs afoul of the giant shrimp Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, known as the Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken Mothra to rescue them.

In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant crustacean escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by a giant condor and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them.

The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.

Cast

Production

Sadamasa Arikawa (center) gives instructions to Godzilla (Haruo Nakajima), and Ebirah (Hiroshi Sekita) during filming in the Toho water pool.

The film was originally written for King Kong (the project was tentatively titled Operation Robinson Crusoe:King Kong vs Ebirah), but Toho switched Kong with another popular character at the time, Godzilla. This explains why Godzilla displays uncharacteristic behavior in the film, such as drawing strength from electricity, his curiosity to Kumi Mizuno's character, and the usage of boulders to destroy the Red Bamboo Base. Toho would later use Kong for King Kong Escapes.

The US television version and early video versions have a different opening to the film. The opening scenes of Ryota at the Maritime Safety Agency searching for news of his brother have been replaced with a scene supposedly showing Ebirah destroying Yata's boat. This sequence was created by editing a later scene in the movie. The current DVD version of the film restores the Japanese cut.

In 1991, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was distributed under the Film Ventures International name. The company replaced the opening with a generic credit sequence, using footage from Son of Godzilla. This version was aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

English version

In 1967, the film was released directly to television in North America by the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to not receive North American theatrical distribution. As with Walter Reade Organizations' next Godzilla release, Son of Godzilla, this movie was dubbed by Titra Studios.

There were several alterations made for this release:

The English version runs 83 minutes, four minutes shorter than the Japanese version.

In 2005, Sony released the film on DVD. This was the first time the original Japanese version had been officially released on home video in the United States. The original American version, however, was replaced by Toho's international version, which is uncut. The dubbing in this version is often cited as inferior to the original Titra Studios dub.

Titles

Box office

In Japan, the film was released on December 17, 1966 and sold approximately 3,450,000 tickets. It was re-released on July 22, 1972 and sold approximately 760,000 tickets.

DVD release

Sony Pictures

References

  1. ^ Ragone, August. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. 2007. Pg.145

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