Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster

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Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra team up to save mankind from the deadliest threat of all -- a fire-breathing space monster.

Cast & Crew

Yosuke Natsuki
Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi
Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi
Professor Miura
Takashi Shimura
Dr. Tsukamoto
Emi Ito
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Ito
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina
Hisaya Itô
Malmess, Chief Assassin
Susumu Kurobe
Moustachoied Assassin
Akihiko Hirata
Chief Detective Okita
Shin'ichi Sekizawa
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Critic Reviews for Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen)

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Audience Reviews for Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen)

  • Dec 29, 2018
    Rushed into theaters the same year as "Mothra vs. Godzilla", the debut film of Godzilla's most famous adversary is a very uneven affair. The movie starts out okay, a typical Toho science fiction affair, but then it goes crazy as a the film follows a police detective that is forced to protect a princess who is being targeted by a group of assassins. Not only that, but the princess is also the harbinger of a long dead alien race that is trying to warn Earth of the impending destruction from the three headed dragon named Ghidorah. This subplot takes up most of the screen time with the human characters and it feels like glorified time-killer because it has little impact on the monster action. The effects are also dodgy in this one. Rodan looks really fragile for a creature that flies at super sonic speeds and the Godzilla suit looks really worn out (along with a really ugly head). Plus there is not too much city smashing or military scenes, which is weird because military scenes are a long-standing tradition in the Godzilla series. It is obvious that most of the film's budget went into the elaborate Ghidorah suit, which does steal the show whenever Ghidorah is on-screen. It is just too bad that Ghidorah is only in the movie for a total of ten minutes. After the first half the monster action picks up considerably and the final fight involving Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla banning together to fight the evil Ghidorah is pretty cool, although it does not live up to it's full potential. This is one of the few times were I recommend the American version over the Japanese because the American version cuts out some unnecessary scenes that help the pacing. If I have to sit through some questionable dubbing in order to get to the monster action faster, I'll take it. Overall, "Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster" is a sporadically enjoyable B-movie and one of the weaker entries in the Godzilla franchise.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2018
    This one my favorite entrees on the godzilla franchise, and also the most important due to showing a new monster called king ghidorah, which continously is known to become godzilla's biggest enemy in the entire franchise. It may be slow, but its alright cause it has an intresting plot on a princess being mind controlled by martians, didnt they do that to megan fox? like i said, it has an intresting plot, and ghidorah is also one of my favorite giant monsters, he has three heads, shoots lightning out of their mouths and can cause huge chaos, even when he's in the sky. he's awesome. but the real highlight is mothra, rodan and godzilla team up to battle king ghidorah and everyone now consider godzilla as a hero. its classic. it is just classic. its one of my favorite films of the godzilla series and if your a hard core giant monster fan, then check this out because its fantastic. its the godzilla film that started the rumble of giants. its just great. A+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2018
    starring godzilla, rodan and mothra, now reduced to a giant caterpillar, versus the triple headed fire breathing monster ghidorah. the effects here are pretty funny and the plot is kinda bizarre, with an amnesiac princess turned apocalyptic prophet, tiny twin fairies and even government assassins. it's all worth it for the crazy climactic fight scene. much fun!!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2018
    This is from the Godzilla series. These movies are always fun, I remember that after seeing this movie I became very afraid of lightning storms as a child thought for sure Ghidorah would show up at any moment. These movies from the 1964 time frame were outstanding for special effects and I wonder to this day just how they got Godzilla's eyes to move the way they did to show expression. The fight scenes were funny as they reminded me of the early days of wrestling. 4 Stars no less.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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