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GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA - 3 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1974 Toho Company Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - Defender of Japan, every conquering alien's nightmare.
  • Mechagodzilla - Cybernetic monster being used by the space aliens to destroy Godzilla, thereby removing their main hurdle in conquering Earth.
  • King Seesar - This is the biggest damn Pekinese I have ever seen.
  • Anguirus - Just here to get his butt whipped.
  • Professor Miyajima - Brilliant scientist, for some reason he invented a smoking pipe that creates powerful electrical disturbances when separated into two pieces. Not exactly the sort of thing I'd be sticking in my mouth.
  • Saeko Kaneshiro - She is entrusted with the sacred statue (it can be used to awaken King Seesar) and is learning how tough it is being a female Archeologist.
  • Eiko Miyajima - Professor's daughter who sure does like plaid for some reason.
  • Gosuke - Seems to be a construction manager, but his main trait is "complete wuss."
  • Masahiko - Gosuke's younger brother.
  • Namara - Interpol agent.
  • Azumi Nobility - The ancient tribe's princess is a complete "freak girl" and her grizzly old grandfather little better. Needless to say, maybe they shouldn't have married so many sisters and brothers together in times gone past.
  • Aliens - Highly advanced, except in fashion, plus they turn into monkey's upon death. Somebody apparently smacked their commander across the face with a two by four.

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The Plot: 

One would expect rubber monsters to catch my attention in this film, but what I really noticed was people sweating. In almost every single scene there is a person with obvious perspiration. Ugh. At one point the bad guys try to steam Professor Miyajima and his daughter to death. Just what we needed, more sweating.

Space aliens are trying to use a mechanical Godzilla to conquer our world, at first the monster is covered in artificial flesh which makes it appear to be the real Godzilla. Undoubtedly this has confused someone who, while flipping channels, ran across the King of Monsters apparently fighting himself. Pretty soon all the camouflage is burned off and you can try to figure out how Mechagodzilla's fingers are large missiles, but he looked just like the original. You can also safely wonder why the aliens go through so much trouble to steal the sacred statue of King Seesar, how about just killing the last two Azumi freaks? Ancient prophecies which involve mountains in the sky and the sun rising in the west are pretty useless when their agents are sleeping with the fishes.

Perhaps we shouldn't pick on the Azumi tribe, their guardian monster obviously came from some sort of garage sale. My guardian monster would be covered with spikes, scales, and teeth. Yes teeth, jagged canines sticking out in all sorts of horrific places. It is not going to look like an overgrown yap dog and inspire laughter in my enemies.

I mentioned the aliens trying to steam Miyajima to death earlier, well one of his signature items is a heavy overcoat. He never takes it off, even while in the sauna of death. Pretty obvious why a Mrs. Miyajima is not in evidence now isn't it?

King Seesar is awakened by the God-awful crooning of Princess Azumi, but he is no match for the robotic monster from space. When things become desperate the real Godzilla appears and joins the fray, even overcoming an unexplainable (meaning goofy) forcefield Mechagodzilla creates. Try not to notice that we are given proof Mechagodzilla's head is mounted on a ball joint, since only two minutes later Godzilla destroys the impostor by twisting his head off.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Japanese families keep teapots full of hot water on hand to use against intruders.
  • Godzilla is OPEC's worst nightmare.
  • Huge mechanical monsters come with a bumper to bumper warranty, good for six cities or sixty-thousand miles.
  • Women go spelunking in skirts and go-go boots.
  • Godzilla is the world's largest battery.
  • Getting shot in the face will turn you into a monkey.
  • Alien invasions are handled by the International Police Organization.
  • Being strangled with twine will also turn you into a monkey.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 9 mins - I think the ancient artist might have been sketching his dog.
  • 17 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A LIGHT FIXTURE!
  • 19 mins - It's Godzilla and he has a sore throat!
  • 22 mins - Watch his hands, if the road is that gnarly maybe he should pay more attention to driving.
  • 26 mins - Nooooo... ...that is a brick painted silver. (Hehehehe!)
  • 42 mins - Punch him in the crotch, good sportsmanship hardly applies to fighting space aliens.
  • 44 mins - Gosuke is such a wuss, why doesn't he shoot the bad guy? Now the ape thing is throwing lawn chairs at him. Hey putz, see that thing in your hand? It's called a gun.
  • 45 mins - What is it Jo-Jo? Do you want me to move over here? Do you want a banana?
  • 62 mins - Good thing that whoever refinished the roof did not remove that (useless) little platform.

Quotes: 

  • Professor Miyajima: "I'm sure that Mechagodzilla is being remotely controlled by spacemen."
  • Saeko: "Ahhh look at that! The sun's rising, the sun's rising in the west!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note gvsmecha1.wav Azumi Princess: "A monster! A monster will set fire to the city, and trample on the people who try to run away!"
Green Music Note gvsmecha2.wav Professor Miyajima: "I am positive it's the same metal as the piece Masahiko found in Okinawa. This is space titanium."
Green Music Note gvsmecha3.wav Professor Miyajima: "The one that came out of Mt Fuji is a cyborg."
Masahiko: "Cyborg?"
Miyajima: "Hmm, it is made out of the space metal, you could call it a Mechagodzilla."
Green Music Note gvsmecha4.wav Professor Miyajima: "Who are you?"
Alien Commander: "Commander for conquest of Earth from the third planet of the black hole outer space."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Mechagodzilla has had better days.

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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #1. Posted on May 19, 2000, 10:22:07 AM by Thundercracker
Once again, it seems I must come to the defense of my favorite rubber monster.  Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is one of my favorite G-flicks.  The old Mechagodzilla rules, it's the grooviest G-villain since Gigan.  And the new Mechagodzilla is a damn wuss in comparison.  Long live old-school Godzilla!.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #2. Posted on May 22, 2000, 03:29:07 AM by Squishy
It may be blasphemy, but I like the "King Seesar" song more than the "Mothra" song. (Both are included on "The Best of Godzilla: 1954-1975" CD from http://www.gnpcrescendo.com) It's doubly funny if you understand a little Japanese; the priestess sounds like she's coming ON to the giant mutt. Ugh.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #3. Posted on July 24, 2000, 09:26:56 AM by Syke
In my humble opinion, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is the best Godzilla movie so far. Sure, King Seesar looks like he came straight from Toho's monster rejects (I'm sure the artists had a better look for this guy)and Mechagodzilla's death was a bit ridiculous (I guess Godzy missed the Do not Twist Head warning sign)but it has its moments (watching Godzilla and Seesar use each other as a shield from Mecha's weapons is hilarious, as is Seesar's so-called defense mechanism)Personally, this movie should have gotten at lwast one more slime than it did, but i won't tell you how to do your job.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #4. Posted on September 20, 2000, 07:33:55 PM by Slam
Oh puleeeeeeze, Godzilla fans! "This is the best of the Godzilla movies, except for... and the.. and that.... oh, yeah and the..." Your best is littered with a hundred compromises? The best isn't listed: Godzilla 2000.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chadzilla
This outing features a nice, strong story with an actual sense of mystery to it.  Outside of the goofball moment when King Cesar's ear stick up this one is as serious in tone as the early Godzilla films, a real step away from the kiddie pop flicks.  My favorite part in this move is when the skin from MechaGodzilla gets ripped of and the shimmering metal is first exposed.  Godzilla does a double take that is just classic, on little movement gets across that he isn't a brain dead mutant, that there are actually brain cells ticking away in that there cranium of his.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Robert Ranting
FYI Toho did NOT create King SHISA!

 The "Pekinese" as he was called here is actually a LION god of protection of Okinawa.  Toho made a horrible suit based on the statues of the creature which can be found all over Okinawa (goto Okinawa.com if you don't believe me!) and renamed it Seesar for Copyright reasons. (read: They couldn't copyright the ancient legend of Shisa, though you can tell it is still SHI-SA in the the song).  

Don't rag on King Shisa if all you know of him is what you saw in this infernal film!

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Cant Blame The WANG!
HEY!!To all you G-fans..This movie IS one of the few "laughfests"ever to see.In fact Mechagodzilla is my #1 baddie of the bunch and would love to see him(?)whup on so-called "king"Ghidrah-now THAT would ROCK!!However we all must honor the one hit wonders like Seesar(plus Varan the unbelievable,Titanosaurus and JetJaguar.)By the way,has anyone seen the OTHER mothra twin??
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Reply #8. Posted on August 31, 2001, 12:11:11 PM by Leonard Weirich
This 1974 classic was truly one of the finest movies that I had ever seen.  To see King Seesar and Godzilla team up and defeat Mechagodzilla as convincingly as they did was sure worth it.
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