About Terror of MechaGodzilla


解説 & みどころ
Explanation & Highlights


After “Godzilla,” Toho’s monster movies have continued through two monster booms. The lineage goes back to this work, which was released on spring break in 1975 (Showa 50), and went into hiatus for a while until 1984 (Showa 59) with Godzilla. Four years have passed since the success of “Godzilla vs. Hedorah,” which kicked off the second monster boom, and new monster movies have received less public attention than in the past, but the previous year’s “Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla”made its debut. MechaGodzilla is set to make a comeback as a monster star after a long hiatus.


However, the atmosphere of this work is completely different from the previous work. Since the 1960s, the Godzilla series has tended to focus more on elements aimed at children, for better or for worse, reflecting the times, but here we have the first Godzilla film directed by Ishirō Honda and Akira Ifukube for the music. It seems that the intention is to return to the roots, so to speak. Also, Akihiko Hirata, who played Serizawa, a scientist who is a key person in the story in the first film, will appear again, and in cooperation with the black hole third planet aliens, hey revive his daughter as a cyborg and uses it to pilot MechaGodzilla. He also became a mad scientist by controlling the dinosaur Titanosaurus to attack humanity. Katsura, the tragic cyborg girl at the core of this profound drama, is torn between her loyalty to her father, who vows revenge on her society, and her conscience as a human… The story is a departure from previous Godzilla films, which focused on the threat of destruction caused by the appearance of monsters, and the screenplay was written by Yukiko Takayama, who is making her debut with this film. This work was born out of a conflict between old and new elements, and as a result it became a work worthy of marking the end of the Godzilla series.