GHIDRAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER ——“Attention! Godzilla and Rodan are heading this way! Evacuate at once!” Not only that, the Mothra midget chicks are back with their cute-doofy song and their big pal. NAOKO: Good heavens, it looks like they’re having a conversation. What do you think they are saying to each other? DETECTIVE: Huh, how would I know? Do you expect me to understand monster talk? NAOKO: The fairies do.
Hmmm… be that as it may, Ghidrah has arrived in a meteor and proceeds to blast the living shit out of all the cardboard houses in Nippon. He/She flies like Rodan and spits fire (from all three heads) like Godzilla. Doesn’t have much in common with Mothra, and perhaps for this reason Ghidrah is ganged up on by the others.
Rampant realism from the Rising Sun, complete with helpless generals, wiseacre reporters, a princess in danger and no less than 51 supporting players. Camp classic was released in the US, with some changes (like that’s important) in 1965, after debuting in Japan the year before. Aficionados will sputter that the ‘correct’ name is Ghidorah, and make note that this entry announced the emergence of Godzilla as a nicer monster.
85 minutes (or 93 if you seek the majesterial uncut-cut), directed by Inoshiro Honda, with the excited chatter of Yosuke Natsuki, Yunko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi (who would survive to decorate You Only Live Twice), Takashi Shimura (of Seven Samurai and 200 other films), Emi & Yumi Ito (aka ‘The Peanuts’, famed near and far as the little fairies who sang to and telepathically communicated with Mothra).