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Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

Synopsis of Godzilla vs. Gigan

Known to Stateside moviegoers as Godzilla on Monster Island, this slight but fun 1972 entry in the Godzilla franchise pits the King of the Monsters and four-legged cohort Angilas against aliens bent on world domination, as well as their old nemesis, the space dragon King Ghidorah, and a new creature, the birdlike cyborg Gigan.

Gigan

Diehard G-fans may be disappointed by the film’s kid-friendly tone (a shift in direction signaled several years earlier by Godzilla’s Revenge) and its over-reliance on stock footage from other Godzilla films to depict the monsters’ orgy of destruction, as well as an unfortunate decision to make Godzilla “talk”; however, children (Gigan’s real audience) will undoubtedly enjoy the frantic action.

Parents should know that there are two brief moments of blood-letting (Godzilla and Angilas both suffer wounds from a buzzsaw that juts from Gigan’s torso), but otherwise, the film is free of objectionable material. —Paul Gaita

Editorial review of Godzilla vs. Gigan

Another alien invasion, more giant monster battles.  That's just how things are when you're Godzilla on Monster Island! Godzilla vs. Gigan

Imagine the fun at the new, high-tech, Tokyo amusement park with its gargantuan make-believe monsters and mechanized rides. But this pastoral playground is nothing more than a staging ground for destruction as a strange group of orange-uniformed “men” unleash a force of devastation the likes of which has never been known. They call their insatiable monster robot Gigan , built specifically to destroy Godzilla(r). But there’s more. To assist Gigan , they enlist the help of King Ghidorah , the infamous three-headed flying hydra. The forces Godzilla(r) to recruit his former foe, the stegosaurus-like Anguirus , in what turns out to be the most radical monster tag-team match-up of all time.