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Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Synopsis of Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

In Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster, a meteor crashes to Earth.  With a danger hidden within that will threaten the entire world. Only the combined might of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra can stand against it. But neither Godzilla nor Rodan cares to help humanity since they’ve both been attacked by them numerous times. How can Mothra persuade them to work together before it’s too late?

Review of Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

Ghidorah The Three-Headed MonsterGhidorah The Three-Headed Monster is actually a very enjoyable movie, with several plots woven together, with good acting and a cast that the audience cares about. The movie begins with a female reporter who is investigating a group of UFO enthusiasts who are trying to contact alien life by brainwaves — unsuccessfully. But as their meeting is ending, a meteorite crashes in the mountains, leading a professor to investigate. At the same time, a lovely young princess is flying in from the Himalayas to Japan, where a handsome young police officer waits to act as her unofficial bodyguard.  But the princess’ plane is blown up an hour after take-off.  And a strange young “prophetess” appears, claiming to be a Martian, and warning of impending doom for the planet.

The subplots begin to intertwine, as it turns out that the police officer’s sister is the reporter, who is … interested in the professor. Shortly, Mothra’s fairies/priestesses show up — on a Japanese game show, no less.  And they sing a beautiful ballad, re-introducing Mothra to the audience. The police officer notices a striking similarity between the “prophetess” and the seemingly-dead princes …

Soon, Himalayan hit men (there’s a phrase you don’t hear every day) are sent after the mystery woman.  To determine her identity, and kill her if necessary.  The various plots progress and the prophetess warns people at the rim of the crater where the meteorite fell warns that this is where Rodan is waiting.  Sure enough, Rodan awakes (as a man tries to retrieve a hat, in a bit of humor).  The second of her disastrous prophecies to come true.

She next warns that a boat mustn’t sail, leading the reporter to escort her — and unknowingly, Mothra’s fairies — to a hotel, for an interview. That night, the reason for the warning is revealed.  Godzilla arises from the water, sees Rodan flying overhead, and destroys the boat and all aboard.  Clearly, Godzilla is not yet in the “hero” category …

Things begin to move quickly, as the police officer comes to see the princess/prophetess — against his sister’s wishes.  As the hitmen are interrogating the princess, who insists that she is a Martian.  The hitmen flee, after intervention by the fairies, and the siblings take the princess to a doctor.  In the meanwhile, Tokyo is being evacuated, as Godzilla arrives, and begins a slugfest with Rodan — warming the hearts of the young child in all of us.

As they fight, back at the site of the meteorite impact, the glowing (and growing) meteorite “hatches” releasing the three-headed golden Ghidorah for the first time on film. While Godzilla and Rodan are advancing on Tokyo, the Martian/Princess reveals that Ghidorah is responsible for the destruction of her highly-advanced civilization — in only one month’s time.

Testifying before a government panel, the fairies reveal that the young, caterpillar-form Mothra is incapable of defeating Ghidorah by itself — but that it feels that Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan can do so if they work together. However, Rodan and Godzilla are still fighting, the Princess reveals that she (among others) is a descendent of the destroyed Martian race, and the hitmen have tracked down the Princess …

I won’t give away the ending, except to say that it’s very satisfactory on all fronts, with a very enjoyable movie experience for all Godzilla fans.

Movie quotes from Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

Yellow Hoodie Guy: Professor, look, it’s getting big again.
Professor Miura: Yes. According to these figures, it’s bigger than it was before.
Other Guy: That’s impossible. How can a meteorite grow?
Professor Miura: Nevertheless, it’s growing.

Naoko Shindo: Gimme that key or I’ll call the police!
Detective Shindo: Are you stupid? Have you forgotten that I AM the police?

Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina: Why does no one pay heed to my warning? The entire human race will perish from the Earth. When the monster Ghidrah passes, only flaming ruins are left.
Detective Shindo: Ghidrah?
Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina: Centuries ago, the monster appeared in the skies of Mars. Within a month, the culture of Mars had been wiped out completely. The civilization on my planet had reached a stage of development which you people will not achieve for a long time. Centuries, at least. Today, because of the space monster, it is a dead world. Dead and unpopulated.
Dr. Tsukamoto: It would be a bad situation if that creature came here to Earth.
Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina: It’s worse, because he’s arrived.

[Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra are conversing]
Naoko Shindo: Good… good heavens, it looks like they’re having a conversation. Oh… Why, Shindo, what do you think they’re saying to each other?
Detective Shindo: Huh, how would I know? You expect me to understand monster talk?

Editorial review of Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

A prophetess from Venus foretells cataclysmic disasters! Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan reappear in Japan, while a giant meteor crashes into Earth and the three-headed space dragon, King Ghidorah, emerges! As the Venusian’s prophecies come true, the Earth monsters must decide whether they’re willing to settle their differences and join forces against the extraterrestrial enemy!


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