Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) is a Japanese sci-fi fantasy kaiju movie that was the fourteenth film of the Godzilla series. Director and co-writer Jun Fukuda (Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Son of Godzilla (1967)) did an incredible job making this movie somewhat different from the previous Godzilla movies. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla had a bigger budget and higher production values than the previous films in the series. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla introduced Mechagodzilla (a mechanical version of Godzilla) and King Caesar. King Caesar is based on the legend of Shisa. I enjoyed watching this movie as a child and enjoy watching it today. The movie contains extreme violence, aliens, a lot of fighting scenes, suspense, tensions, thrills and a beautiful storyline.
An Azumi priestess in Okinawa has a vision of a giant monster destroying the city. Masahiko Shimizu (Kazuya Aoyama - Tôkyô-wan enjô (1975)) is a spelunker that discover a metal that is not found on Earth. He took the metal to Professor Miyajima (Hiromi Matsushita - The Human Revolution (1973)) for him to examine it. Keisuke Shimizu and others dug deeper into the cave and found a chamber filled with ancient artifacts and a mural stating a prophecy. The mural prophecy stated "When a black mountain appears above the clouds, a huge monster will arise and try to destroy the world; but then, when the red moon sets and the sun rise in the west, two more shall appear to save humanity." Archaeologist Saeko Kanagusuku (Reiko Tajima) translates the prophecy and takes one of the artifacts to study. The prophecy appears to be coming through because large black clouds form and look similar to a black mountain. Godzilla arises from Mount Fuji and begins and start destroying the city although it has been nice to the humans for a few years. It is soon discovered that there is metal under Godzilla’s skin and not too long after that, another Godzilla appears. The movie was a great enjoying experience from this point on, and the graphic effects were on point for a film from the 1970s.
I gave this movie an eight because it is one of my childhood favorite movies to watch, and it is a movie that I still enjoy today with my kids. The special effects were done amazingly well well and better than a lot of 2012 - 2015 movies I have seen recently. The actors did a convincing job with their performance although most of them did not have much experience. I encourage all Godzilla fans to watch this movie with an open mind. The sound effects could have been better, but I keep telling myself that it was made in the 1970’s - before I was born. This movie is 95 percent better than most robot films too.
About Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Starring: Kenji Sahara, Takamitsu Watanabe, Akihiko Hirata, Michael Kaye, Daigo Kusano, Takayasu Torii, Yasuzô Ogawa, Takanobu Toya, Koji Ozaki, Isao Zushi, Ise Mori, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kinichi Kusumi, Masaaki Daimon, Matthew Oram, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Hiromi Matsushita, Masao Imafuku, Beru-Bera Lin, Shin Kishida, Gorô Mutsumi
Director: Jun Fukuda
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