Gojira no gyakushu (1955)

Japan,
78m, (USA) 82m
35mm film, black and white
mono, Japanese

A Japanese science fiction film directed by Motoyoshi Oda.

Plot Summary

Two see a pair of ancient battling on a remote island and falling into the sea. The Japanese authorities realise that the creatures are a monster related to the original and a new creature known as Angilas. The monsters lay waste to Osaka where Angilas is killed. But Godzilla is still out there and needs to be stopped…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Motoyoshi Oda
Toho
Producer: Tanaka Tomoyuki
US Version Producers: Edmund Goldman, Paul Schreibman
Script: Shigeaki Hidaka, Takeo Murata
Director of Photography: Seiichi Endo
Editors: Hugo Grimaldi, Kazuji Taira
Music: Masaru Satô
US Version Stock Music: Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter
US Version Music Editor: Rex Lipton
Sound Recordist: Masanobu Miyazaki
US Version Dubbing Director: Hugo Grimaldi
US Version Sound Effects Editor: Alvin Sarno
Westrex Recording System
Director of Special Effects: Eiji Tsuburaya
Special Effects Assistant Camera: Teisho Arikawa *
Special Effects Art Director: Akira Watanabe
Production Designers: Teruaki Abe, Takeo Kita
Stunt Choreography: Haruo Nakajima

Cast
Hiroshi Koizumi (Shoichi Tsukioka)
Setsuko Wakayama (Hidemi Yamaji)
Minoru Chiaki (Koji Kobayashi)
Takashi Shimura (Dr Kyohei Yamane)
Masao Shimizu (Dr Tadokoro)
Seijiro Onda (Captain Terasawa)
Sonosuke Sawamura (Shingo Shibeki)
Yoshio Tsuchiya (Tajima)
Mayuri Mokusho (Yasuko Inouye)
Minosuke Yamada (Chief of Civil Defense)
Yukio Kasama (Koehi Wamaji)
Senkichi Omura (small escaped convict)
Ren Yamamoto (commander of landing craft)
Shin Otomo (convict leader)
Takeo Oikawa (Osaka Municipal Police Commissioner)
Shoichi Hirose (convict)
Junpei Natsuki (escaped convict)
Katsumi Tezuka (Angirasu)
Haruo Nakajima (Gojira)
Marvin Miller (American version narrator)

Alternative Titles

Counterattack of the Monsters– USA (advertising)
Fire Monster
Gigantis
Gigantis the Fire Monster
– USA
Godzilla contraataca
– Spain
Godzilla kehrt zurück
– Germany
Godzilla Raids Again
– USA (video)
Godzilla's Counter Attack – International English language title
Gojira Strikes Again
Gojira's Counterattack
Il re dei mostri
– Italy
Le Retour de Godzilla
– France
Return of Godzilla
El rey de los monstrous
– Spain
Volcano Monster

Sequel to
Gojira (1954)


Kingukongu tai Gojira (1962)
Mosura tai Gojira (1964)
San daikaijû: Chikyu saidai no kessen (1964)
Kaijû daisenso (1965)
Gojira-Ebira-Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966)
Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko (1967)
Kaijû sôshingeki (1968)
Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki (1969)
Gojira tai Hedora (1971)
Chikyu kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (1972)
Gojira tai Megaro (1973)
Gojira tai Mekagojira (1974)
Mekagojira no gyakushu (1975)

Extracts included in
Gojira Fuantajî ~SF Kôkyô Fuantajî~ (1984)

References

Periodicals

  • The Daily Cinema no.8270 (19 February 1960) p.5 – review
  • Écran Fantastique no.59 (August 1985) pp.51-65 – illustrated article
  • Fangoria no.173 June 1998) pp.18-20 – illustrated article (Godzilla: The Japanese adventures by Michael Gingold)
  • Fangoria no.260 (February 2007) p.74 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: DVDs of the Month by Michael Gingold)
  • The Film Daily vol.115 no.100 (26 May 1959) p.8 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.155 no.11 (26 May 1959) p.3 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.315 (April 1960) p.53 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.215 no.10 (6 June 1959) p.292 – review
  • Variety 27 May 1959 – review

Books