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

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When the populace of Tokyo is threatened, Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra go head-to-head-to-head with Ghidrah. Yosuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi.

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Cast

Yosuke Natsuki
as Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi
as Naoko Shindo
Hiroshi Koizumi
as Professor Miura
Takashi Shimura
as Dr. Tsukamoto
Yûmi Ito
as Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Akiko Wakabayashi
as Princess Salno of Sergina
Hisaya Ito
as Malmess
Susumu Kurobe
as Assassin
Akihiko Hirata
as Chief Detective Okita
Kenji Sahara
as Editor-in-Chief Kanamaki
Toru Ibuki
as Assassin
Yoshifumi Tajima
as Ship Captain
Ikio Sawamura
as Fisherman
Somesho Matsumoto
as Alien Expert
Yoshio Kosugi
as Chief of Infant
Kozo Nomura
as Murai's Assistant
Yutaka Oka
as Meteorite Scientist
Senkichi Omura
as Hat Retriever
Shin Otomo
as Leader
Emi Ito
as Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
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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)

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 Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

½

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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The thing with Godzilla films is that they all become a tad predictable in terms of concepts, plots and executions. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it's a monster flick and with a genre like this, there's only one way to go about creating something good, and that's giving genre fans what they want, awesome monster chaos. Building on the success of the very entertaining Mothra Vs Godzilla, this is yet another very entertaining movie which brings Godzilla facing yet another enemy. This is a flawed film, but one that relies on its visuals to create its entertainment. The cast do a good job here, and the plot itself is quite considering that this is the fifth entry in the series. Genre fans will surely enjoy this one and it is a highly enjoyable movie despite its silliness. However that's all part of the Godzilla universe and the flaws are there, but there's just so much going on here that you simply don't care about the flaws and you enjoy the chaos that ensues on-screen. This is standard Godzilla fair, and it's just what you want in the end. For a fifth movie this works well enough throughout and it is fun, entertaining and a definite good time if you're in the mood for these types of films. Entertaining from beginning to end, this is more of the same than previous entries, and it is quite the spectacle. At times the script could have been reworked slightly; however it should keep you entertained due to the thrills the movie offers.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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