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Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

Monster Zero

4 Tohos

Plot: WARNING!: I Tell the Endings!

A planet has been discovered just beyond Jupiter. The scientists who discovered it decide to call the planet "Planet X." Two astronauts named Glenn (played by Nick Adams), and Fuji (Akira Takarada) are launched from Earth to investigate the planet. When they land, they discover that a highly intelligent race of aliens live there. They also learn that their planet is constantly being attacked by King Ghidrah, which they call Monster Zero. The aliens ask them if they can borrow Godzilla (Monster Zero-One) and Rodan (Monster Zero-Two) and get them to kick King Ghidrah off their planet. They also say that if Earth lets them borrow the 2 monsters, they will grant them a miracle cure for all diseases known to man.

Meanwhile on Earth, Fuji's sister is dating an inventor named Tetsuo. Fuji isn't fond of Tetsuo and doesn't think he will go anywhere with his inventions. Tetsuo invents a device that makes a very noisy sound. A toy company later calls him and offers him $100,000 for his invention. Tetsuo and his girlfriend go to a restaurant where he signs a contract with a person with the toy company named Miss Namikawa, who actually is Glenn's girlfriend.

The Japanese government agrees to send Godzilla and Rodan to Planet X in exchange for the miracle cure. The aliens then use a special "nuclear skill" to raise the monsters off the ground with their flying saucers. When they arrive at Planet X, they release Godzilla and Rodan. King Ghidrah arrives, and after a short fight, Ghidrah retreats and Godzilla does a funky dance.

The aliens give Glenn and Fuji the miracle cure formula on tape. When they arrive back on Earth, they later discover that the miracle cure formula is not on the tape, but orders for them to surrender to the Planet X men, and become a colony (hmm, let's see, unknown aliens with more technology than us? Yeah, I guess they would want to take over Earth!). The government also find out that they are now controlling Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidrah.

 

Glenn realizes that Namikawa, his girlfriend, is part of the Planet X race. Before the controller of Planet X destroys her, she gives him a letter that tells him the Planet X people can be destroyed by a certain sound. The controller then throws Glenn and Tetsuo into jail. Tetsuo reads Namikawa's letter and realizes that they could use his invention to get out of jail. Glenn and Tetsuo use the invention to break themselves out of jail. They go to the government and tell them about how the invention can destroy the Planet X men. The government at the same time was testing a new device that sends out magnetic waves to destroy the Planet X people's control over Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidrah

The Planet X men order the three monsters to attack (where else?) Tokyo. The flying saucers also go to attack any military vehicles in sight. The government broadcasts the sound from Tetsuo's invention over the radio and ask people to turn the sound up as high as possible. They find that the sound is working. The military shoots out magnetic waves towards the flying saucers and the three monsters. The flying saucers blow up and Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidrah are stunned for a while. Godzilla stands up and wakes up Rodan and starts to attack King Ghidrah. They duke it out for a while and then fall off a cliff into the sea. King Ghidrah flies out of the water, but Godzilla and Rodan stay in the ocean.

This movie's a major improvement over the last movie, "Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster." One interesting thing to note that this movie was released in the U.S. in 1970, after "Destroy All Monsters." Also, when it was released in the U.S., Nick Adams, who played Glenn, had died a couple of years before. The fight scenes are very fun to watch, including a part where Godzilla does the Ali-shuffle! In my opinion (notice the word opinion, please don't take it for granted!), I believe this is one of the best Godzilla movies in the classic series. Sure the buildings look like models and the tanks are stolen from a 5 year old kid's toy chest, but hey, the American films back then looked fake too! One strange thing in the movie is, the scenes are either very quiet, or very noisy. Possibly because of screwy sound difficulties during the dubbing process. But hey, it isn't a big deal and I shouldn't be a wormy movie critic (no offense to those out there!). Some stock footage from Rodan, and Godzilla vs. Mothra are contained in this movie.

 

Photos above are from my own video capture.