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Rated G
Copyright 1971 Toho Company Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - The world's largest ecologist.
  • Hedorah - Cosmic monster brought to Earth by a meteor, feeds on pollution.
  • Ken - Dr. Yano's son, he seems to have ESP in relation to Godzilla.
  • Dr. Yano - Scientist of some sort, could be Marine Biology. Badly injured by a brush with Hedorah while diving.
  • Mrs. Yano - Mother of the family.
  • Groovy guy and girl - A pair of Japanese flower children, there is one less happy thought in the world after he is "sludged" to death by Hedorah.

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The Plot: 

Who needs Greenpeace when you have an environmentally conscious monster running amok?

The situation is looking bleak for Japan, everything is polluted or dying and the full horror of late 60's music is upon them. Researchers are trying in vain to find solutions to the many problems. Dr. Yano might be a brilliant scientist, but he can do little more than join in when everyone cries out, "We're doomed!" While diving (to mourn the destruction of coastal ecosystems) he encounters the evolving menace called Hedorah. Poor little Ken, standing alone on the rocks and calling out to his father, is one of the only poignant moments in what was intended to be a meaningful film. After this it gets silly.

Godzilla investigates what is befouling the waters and chases the smog monster away, it appears to be a seriously one sided battle. After dining on more sludge and flourocarbons the evil creature returns, more powerful and able to fly. Los Angeles might have poor air quality, but it does not have a floating muck monster that trails acid mist in its wake.

Meanwhile, Yano makes the important discovery that electricity will dry out and kill Hedorah. Under his supervision the military constructs a giant array of what appear to be mirrors, but they reflect electricity back and forth between them. It's science, or something passing for it. Neat!

Several silly things happen during the final battle and I'd be remiss to not mention two of them. The first involves Hedorah's nasty habit of spitting caustic sludge, at one point Godzilla ducks the first then stands up to take another right in the face. He slaps his hand over the muck and I could almost hear him mutter, "That was dumb, owwww." Of course the second is the world famous scene where Godzilla uses his breath to fly along like a rocket. Oh yes they did...

Often the lighting leaves much to be desired, though I am certain that was on purpose. The filmmakers were obviously trying to convey a brooding message about our planet's bleak future if the situation remained unchanged. Things could have been worse, imagine a later version entitled "Godzilla vs. El Nino."

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Monsters use oil tankers as beverage containers.
  • Pollution is bad, but 60's music is much, much worse.
  • Monsters use factories as bongs.
  • Putting a giant (and caustic) pile of crap in an airplane spin is not the best of ideas.
  • Rodan intended "The Thinker" to portray a severe burn victim.
  • Telephone booths make excellent bomb shelters.
  • Japanese women should leave Scottish fashions alone.
  • Mud wrestling is much less interesting when you are the only one in the pit, rubber suit or not.
  • Defensive driving courses should include tips on avoiding falling monsters.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 10 mins - Kenny, did you misplace your daddy?
  • 15 mins - Godzilla is using radioactive breath to clean up floating sludge. You do realize that this is like nuking New Jersey to solve their problems...
  • 26 mins - What drug is he on? Just for the record mind you.
  • 27 mins - Hedorah's muck burned off half of Yano's face and killed that one group of men, but this cat is unharmed? I mean sure, it looks miserable, but it should be looking like a cockroach after you spray it down with Raid.
  • 32 mins - Another one of those weird cartoons...
  • 46 mins - They actually found a way to include the artist's conceptual drawings in the movie.
  • 58 mins - Throwing torches at that thing? You all are either extremely brave or extremely stupid. Oh, a third possibility, extremely dead.
  • 77 mins - Three, two, one... ...liftoff! Hehehehe! (With all the aerodynamic and thrust concerns here this is ludicrous.)
  • 82 mins - Gives new meaning to "stomp a mudhole in his ass" doesn't it?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note gvssmog1.wav Dr. Yano: "Godzilla?"
Ken: "Uh huh, you listen to what I say, I'm positive he'll kill Hedorah. He'll get him!"
Green Music Note gvssmog2.wav Announcer: "The appearance of Hedorah is causing rising alarm throughout all Japan."
Green Music Note gvssmog3.wav Scientist: "Hedorah created the sulfuric acid mist in its path and many people attempting rescue have been seriously injured. The mist affects mainly the throat and the eyes. The dead clutter the streets of the city of Fuji."
Green Music Note gvssmog4.wav Ken: "Hedorah's only sludge; we could dry it out."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipgvssmog1.mpg - 2.8m
Liftoff! Arguably the silliest thing in any Godzilla movie is this scene. Faced with Hedorah's airborne retreat the King of Monsters decides to annoy every aerodynamics engineer employed by Lockheed Martin.

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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by GOGEARAH
I was about 7 or 8 years old when I saw GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER. I loved it then, I love it now. When I was a kid I loved it because I'd NEVER seen ANYTHING like it before. It was NOTHING like all the american monster movies I'd watched. GODZILLA even tought me a few fighting moves, witch I subsequently used on a school bully that was picking on me at the time. [I whooped him too!]           When I grew up and saw this movie again, I was once more DELIGHTED with it. But for a different reason than when I was young. NOW I love it because it IS CRAPPY! I know it's crappy, YOU know it's crappy..., And you know what...? when the producers at TOHO made the film THEY knew it was crappy. It is supposed to be! ...why? you ask.            well, THINK about it.!
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #18. Posted on October 20, 2006, 01:30:45 PM by marlon the monster
Yes I agree Hedorah was smoking stack.One of the worst Godzilla movies ever made. They should of quit after this garbage was made a real disapointment.The theme song was the best thing about this movie.  
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mark
When i was a kid I once tried to make my own smog monster by filling some teflon thingy up with water, throw a empty can in it and chocolate syrup.
It didn't work.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bobby
I just LOVED the music going with the Godzila lift-off clip. It sounded like something straight from 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' (and shame on you if you don't know that flic)
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #21. Posted on January 27, 2003, 08:43:38 PM by tyler
the version the person who runs the site saw,was the best one of the 2.the version sci-fi shows has different dubbing, and the women sings in japanese!can you believe it!?!?!?rare film.worth lots of cash!i need it to add it to my other g-movies!
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jim
Best line from the movie is when the kid is in the phone booth and then there's an explosion.  He crouches down, and then when he gets back up and talks on the phone, he doesn't act traumatized at all and says something like, "there was an explosion, but I'm still here."  Like ho-hum explosions happen all the time around here so let's continue our phone conversation now.  There's other places where he's not traumatized at all by seeing dead or slimed people.  Ok, maybe once or twice he does a quick McCauly Caulkin face and then continues on as if everything is normal.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Swamprat
What we need here is those tiny singing twins from Mothra's island. I remember going to see this on a Saturday afternoon when I was in Jr. High School...(ouch) There were five of us, girl watching, sick joking, perverted, smart assed, and bored. What a perfect movie for background noise. Today when I catch it on TV, I see it for what it really is...a piece of s**t. The giant lizard sushi burners are fantastic little films as a rule. Made for next to nothing and imported here once upon time when the Japanese would do anything for a western buck. Godzilla was a monster movie, plain and simple. The American importer shot new scenes with an Anglo actor (Raymond Burr) and spliced them in...he feared that American audiances wouldn't pay to see short Asian people with squinty eyes and a giant lizard alone. He was proven wrong soon afterwards. The first Godzilla movies were serious attempts at monster thrillers that seemed to get cheaper and flimsier as the series proceded. I know, speaking not just for myself, that this is one of the things that made the earlier films so endearing to so many. By the time this one was cranked out and imported into the States, the giant fire breathing lizard had become a Japanese Culturial Icon. And just like Icons in any culture, the powers that be had to screw with it to get the most political and economical milage out of it as they could. Now Godzilla is a benafactor to all mankind. He fights evil and tries to clean up after man's carelessness. He's a product of man's terrible disregard for nature and his fellow occupants of spaceship Earth...but he has found tolerance and forgiveness and now defends all that is right and good...(For the moment anyway...till public opinion swings the other way for awhile.) Godzilla is a lizard...he breaths fire...he hates the Japanese...especialy the ones that live in Tokyo. He comes, stomps thier town, thay manage to kick his ass one more time, he staggers away to lick his wounds and return to stomp and barbque another day. End of story, all of them, untill this one and the others that would follow. This one was a turning point for me and my fellow sushi burner brethen. Flying around with smog monster testicles ripped from a pile of burnt goo...(call 'em what you want, I still choose to believe in was the puke monster's balls) save mankind from itself just ain't natural for our radiation pumping gigatigator. I hope that someday he'll return to form and toast those little school boys with thier tight little shorts and book satchels. His place is melting plastic tanks and smacking firecracker loaded model airplanes from thier wires, not whoreing himself out for the rightwing or leftwing political preaching that happens to be in favor at the given time. This is a sad little lizard movie...shame on you Toho...shame on you.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Nathanial Meade
I do not recomend the ingestion of any LSD or like substances before viewing this film, it's crazy enough sober.
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