Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) is a Japanese Kaiju action adventure horror movie that is the twelfth film in the Godzilla series. Godzilla’s greatest enemy, King Ghidorah returns in this film, and this was the last film that Haruo Nakajima played Godzilla. Haruo Nakajima has been performing the role of Godzilla in the first film in 1954. Director Jun Fukuda (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Son of Godzilla (1967)) did a great job but he did not excel as well as other Godzilla films. The movie contains extreme violence that might be scary and frightening for younger viewers.
Godzilla vs. Gigan is about humongous aliens coming to earth to inhibit dead human bodies because their planet "Space Hunter Nebula-M" is dying. The aliens use their dead human body form to work as development staff at a children’s theme park where Godzilla Tower is. The aliens had a plan and began executing their plan that involves using space monsters Gigan and King Ghidorah, and Action Signal Tapes to make the humans extinct. Gengo Kotaka (Hiroshi Ishikawa) is a manga artist that finds out about the aliens plans. Godzilla and Anguirus knew something is wrong after hearing the Action Signal Tape that Gengo and his friends play when they found it. After a few events, we see Godzilla and Anguirus trying to save planet Earth from Gigan. Gengo and his friends attempted to help Godzilla and Anguirus as much as they can and succeed partially in destroying some of the aliens and a weapon they could have used to destroy Godzilla.
I could not get over the human characters and how weird they appear and acted. Godzilla does not look realistic, and you can see small pieces of rubber falling off of his body while fighting. The cinematographer did a poor job in this movie, and it shows drastically. The fight scenes did not entertain, and there was no “wow” factor. I was looking forward to the four monsters battling at the end. It could have been so much more with more intensity and thrills that will have you rooting along with whatever monster you want to win, but the fight scenes do not do that. The music was probably one of the best things about this movie was extremely enjoyable. It is sad to say that I enjoyed this movie tremendously while growing up but now that I have watched it again to write a review, my opinion and feelings toward the film are somewhat different. I would have probably given this movie a nine about 15 years ago, but the movies now receive a score of five because I now see all of the flaws, plot holes, and goofs. The storyline could have been an exciting story where the aliens are intelligent, and the monsters appear as though they want to fight instead of moving around or running away after a few hits. Overall I think Godzilla fans should watch this movie because it might entertain you.
About Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Starring: Kenpachirô Satsuma, Haruo Nakajima, Michael Kaye, Naoya Kusakawa, Wataru Ômae, Kôetsu Ômiya, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Kanta Ina, Yuriko Hishimi, Zekô Nakamura, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda, Chris Hilton, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Ted Thomas, Zan Fujita, Kunio Murai, Gen Shimizu, Kuniko Ashihara, Akio Murata, Noritake Saito, Yasuhiko Saijô
Director: Jun Fukuda
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