Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (Godzilla vs Gigan) (1972)

Seen: On our projector set-up, streamed from Miles's computer. Dubbed version.

Sooooo turns out my boyfriend was like, way into Godzilla as a kid. It's kind of an adorable thing about him, between you and me. I have seen very few in the wide-ranging series, though I did finally watch the original last year. He suggested the much sillier Godzilla vs Gigan for further Kaiju education. Set in the candy-colored world of 1970s Japan, the story centers on doofy-haired artist Gengo Kotaka (Hiroshi Ishikawa) as he accidentally unearths a mysterious plot surrounding a new monster-themed amusement park. With his martial artist girlfriend and a couple of undercover hippies, he investigates the park's weird leadership. Meanwhile, Godzilla and his buddy King Ghidorah are swimming their way to the city, called by an unearthly ring.

This movie is pretty goofy, and it's generally a fun time. The story is completely out there, in such a way that Godzilla seems like an afterthought. Most of the plot concerns the weird theme park dudes hanging out in their super advanced computer headquarters, while our heroes dumbly try to figure out what their secret plan is. And then sometimes we pass over Godzilla and King Ghidorah swimming around. Finally at the end there's a big monster battle, as Gigan is summoned in all his scythe-handed glory and shit gets blown up and stuff. Good times. I don't have much to say, really, except that it's a silly and enjoyable movie and I dug the super 70s aesthetic.

3.5/5

Pair This Movie With: Miles recommends Godzilla vs The Smog Monster.

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