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Godzilla vs The Megalon

Rating:G
Genre:SciFi/Fantasy, SciFi/Fantasy, SciFi/Fantasy
Release Date:April 1, 1976
Running time:78 minutes
Cast:Robert Dunham, Hiroyuki Kawase, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Yutaka Hayashi, Kotaro Tomita, Robert Dunham, Hiroyuki Kawase, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Yutaka Hayashi, Kotaro Tomita, Robert Dunham, Hiroyuki Kawase, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Yutaka Hayashi, Kotaro Tomita, Robert Dunham, Hiroyuki Kawase, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Yutaka Hayashi, Kotaro Tomita, Robert Dunham, Hiroyuki Kawase, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Yutaka Hayashi, Kotaro Tomita
Director:Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda
Producer:Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Writer:Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda, Jun Fukuda
Distributor:Cinema Shares International, Cinema Shares International, Cinema Shares International, Cinema Shares International, Cinema Shares International

Description: Japan's Toho Studios were clearly slumming for this crudely fashioned installment in the Godzilla franchise -- a clear indication that the series was running out of creative steam and lapsing into self-mockery. The threadbare plot involves the advanced subterranean nation of Seatopia, whose leaders plan to take over the surface world with the aid of their monster Megalon, a springy cockroach-monster with a power drill mounted on his head. To this end, they steal the robot Jet Jaguar, an Ultraman look-alike invented by the amiable Goro (Katsuhiko Sasaki), to help guide Megalon's assault. Goro manages to regain control of the robot, who is capable of enlarging himself to Godzilla-like proportions, but remains ineffectual against the big bug, particularly after the Seatopians enlist the off-world aid of Gigan, the buzzsaw-sporting bird-beast. Goro sends Jet Jaguar to fetch Godzilla, who soon puts things right... more or less. Silly effects and recycled footage abound, coupled with some seriously nutty monster battles -- the highlight of which comes when the Green One executes a massive drop-kick on Megalon. The film got its U.S. premiere in 1977 in a drastically-cut version on prime-time television, which included a bumper segment featuring John Belushi in a Godzilla suit! ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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