In this episode Troy and I return to our Controversial Kaiju series to talk about GODZILLA MOTHRA KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK (2001) and marvel at more than just the length of the title. The third film in the 'Millennium' run from Toho it follows the standard for that series by ignoring all previous Godzilla film save the classic 1954 original. Yes- this movie is a direct sequel to GOJIRA and that might explain why for some Big G fans it might be considered controversial. I think the only thing controversial about it is that the director (Shûsuke Kaneko) has not been allowed (or forced!) to make several more awesome Godzilla epics!
As is typical with these giant monster movies from
Japan, I play catch up as Troy takes me to school dropping knowledge
about everything in sight. Luckily there is much to talk about as I complain
about the title and suggest a more accurate and less serious alternate name for
the film. Troy discusses the originally desired
monster lineup and his own preferred roster while I express my amazement at the
monsters' stance on Japan's
juvenile delinquent problem. We were both surprised by the fun way the film
addresses the names given to the various monsters which leads me to rename
Gamera the Flaming Flying Death Disc while Troy simply shakes his head in shame. Adding
to the discussion (and nearly derailing it) is a sideline conversation about Toho's
WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966) because I finally got a chance to see this
supposed sequel to the topic of the last episode. We do stay on point for the
majority of the show but there is a brief bit about 1950's TV westerns that is
apropos of absolutely nothing, so be warned.
If you have any comments or questions the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org where are thrilled to answer any question you might pose. Indeed, this month we answer several queries and I have to once again confess to not having seen a (not so) classic dinosaur film. Add it to the list and I'll eventually get it! Jeeze! Thank you for downloading and listening to the show!