aka Mekagojira No Gyakushu (Original Title)
79 min., 1975
Written by Yukiko Takayama
Directed by Ishirô Honda
My rating: ★★★
Mechagodzilla is back and he has some help.
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While looking for the remains of Mechagodzilla, a research submarine is attacked by an odd underwater monster. After a little investigation they find that Dr. Shinji Mafune (Akihiko Hirata) has already discovered the monster and named it Titanosaurus. The people at Interpol find out from his daughter, Katsura (Tomoko Ai), that he has died. But in reality he is not actually dead and he has been working for the Simeons, and he is also in control of Titanosaurus. The aliens have decided to attack the Earth again with the help of Dr. Mafune and his monster Titanosaurus. The Simeons have also gained control of, the now rebuilt, Mechagodzilla.
Akihiko Hirata is great as the ostracized Dr. Mafune. He puts a lot of passion into the hatred that his character feels and but he also shows a lot of love to his daughter. He’s really good at doing the switch from one emotion to another. Akihiko Hirata is also really good as his daughter. At times she does seem a little helpless and she does tend to stumble, with her face showing a completely different emotion compared to what her dialogue actually is.
The monster battle is a great one! Titanosaurus, Mechagodzilla and Godzilla going at it at once are a brilliant sight to behold. The models are also done really well, they are kinda silly at times but overall they work.
Overall this is a fun movie. The actors are pretty good and dialogue isn’t all that stupid. The monster battle is really great, with Titanosaurus being a great addition to the Godzilla monster line. Then we also have Mechagodzilla back in action and better than ever. The story is kinda cheesy, but at the same time it’s nice to see a main character die. It was unexpected and pretty sad, but it also helped to bring a sense of fear into the episode. Sadly this is the end (at least for a while) of Godzilla being a “good guy”. For the next few movies Godzilla goes back to his nasty ways and becomes a villain again. The series got a bit of a reboot and decided to go in a different direction, but after a little while the movies still fit into the continuity and makes them a continuation of this movie.Have You Read...?