- Its great. It really is. 9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM by Kristian55
Okay, i understand why a lot of you HATE this movie. Its dumb, its weird, it almost makes fun of Godzilla. But, to be honest, it really works for me. While the kid can be annoying, i cant help but feel sorry for him and what this kid is going through, because, well...I did the same. There is a true tragedy to kids who end up imagining a friend/friends to play with, and it can damage kids if it continues. And i can really feel it wright here. And yes, the stock footage is annoying, but beyond that i have no problems. There is so much heart in this movie, these are some of my favourite characters in a Godzilla movie yet. And while i love the tragedy of it, i also think a lot of the comedy is great. The thieves are hilarious. But i guess where it failed was in the monster department and that WILL damage a Godzilla movie. But if you look at it, not as a monster movie, but as a normal kids movie with Godzilla in it, its actually a masterpiece. Okay, maybe not a masterpiece, but still great.
- a matter of perception 2/4/1999 12:00:00 AM by Kabumpo
Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru Kaij? Daishingeki should not be seen as SF or a monster film, but a film about a child growing up without enough exposure to his parents. Viewed in this light, it really doesn't matter that the film is filled with stock footage. Kids often imagine themselves in movies essentially as they happened, so the introduction of a new monster is something unusual in that regard.
Child actor Tomonori Yazaki is wonderful as Ichiro (whose name simply means "first male child"), and his parents are simply stuck in their situation. They must work to support Ichiro, but in doing so, they are unable to raise him. Instead, he is cared for by a neighboring toymaker. While this may be seen as any kid's dream, Minami, played by comedian Eisei Amamoto, demonstrates himself a rather inept parent, an old guy who was to eccentric to marry and have children. Whether or not Gojira exists diegetically is open to debate (cf. Gojira tai Hedora for the action figures), although the name is recognizable to the public within the film, is really irrelevant. When this boy fantasizes about having a parent, he fantasizes all wrong, learning lessons appropriate for a monster, but not for a person. Whether the monster itself is naturally exciting (cf. the child in Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) or whether Gojira is a cinematic character really becomes insignificant in the mind of a child anyway. Even if they don't belive something is real, they like to pretend it is, anyway.
When Ishiro Honda cut this film for festival exhibition, he deleted the comic ending which is really inappropriate and suggests that the lessons Ichiro learned from Gojira are okay. This plays against the final scene with the mother, who promises Ichiro she will never work at night again, while her non-verbals convey that she cannot hold to this promise, in effect fulfilling one responsibility mandates coming up short on another of equal importance.
It might perhaps be better if the film were regarded as an experimental drama, one the parents should watch with children and discuss. The intended audience is clearly not young adults looking for action, or worst, campy action.
- In defence of a sweet film 12/21/2017 12:00:00 AM by yrussell
My boy is currently four years old and we love sitting down and watching this film. He understands the plot perfectly: the bullied boy who misses his parents... the desire to see his friends on Monster Island... and the fighting! This is a movie made for kids and for that purpose, it is a piece of perfection. I was taken aback by all of the negative reviews. It is very far from being the worst Godzilla film. In fact, since I have been watching it with my boy, it is now my favorite. This movie avoids all of the cliches of the usual Godzilla films: there are no scientists, no military (except for a brief scene with jet fighters swooping onto Godzilla), and no endless shots of Tokyo being destroyed. There are just a lot of monsters and a sweet story of a latchkey kid whose parents work too much. Even the bank robber plot is perfectly okay. It gives the escapism onto Monster Island all the more meaningfulness. And the main character, a boy named Ichiro, makes friends with Godzilla's son - and, here, Godzilla is actually a father figure! Just the kind of father figure that is lacking in the boy's life. Sure, Godzilla's son talks in a goofy voice, but what better voice is there to hold the attention of youngsters? Furthermore, Godzilla's son overcomes a bully himself - being a role model for Ichiro. There is a lesson about standing up to bullies in this film. I'm not sure any other Godzilla film does that. Finally, I want to point out that Gabara has got to be the funkiest monster in Godzilla history - with his (her?) orange hair, tortoise-shell chest, green scales, and a roar that sounds like nauseated cat laughter. What's not to love??? Also, some people complained that this movie used recycled clips from earlier movies. My reply is: who cares? My four year old certainly doesn't. This Godzilla film is fun from beginning to end and should never be called the worst.
- Godzilla takes the Gamera approach to Movies 9/26/1999 12:00:00 AM by Gigan64
In this Godzilla movie, the series takes the path of the early Gamera movies, in that a kid is the main character, and that the monsters seem to react to him. This movie is by far the most childish of all the Godzilla movies. In that it tries to mimic the life of a Japanese boy, who looks up to Godzilla, as a hero.
This movie, could have been a lot better, if it was not for the fact that the special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya died while the movie was in production, the budget was then cut, and instead of just canning the movie, stock footage was added to complete it. It really is a sham because with out stock footage this movie would have been a lot better. But still this movie was trying to compete with the Gamera movies, of the time, as they were getting more and more of an audience. So compared to the Gamera movies, this movie is great. But compared to the other Godzilla movies it is one of the worst.
But then again all, of the Godzilla movies can't be winners; I suggest this movie mainly to children, unless you are a Godzilla fan or kaiju movie, which if this is the case, I suggest you buy this movie, to complete your collection.
- Trivia: The first home computer and game-machine? 3/23/2005 12:00:00 AM by teledyn
First off, I have to give this film a 7/10 not because I liked it, but because my youngest kids (4 and 6) loved it. You know the sort of movie that puts you to sleep but your kindergarten kids just soak right in? Films like Bionicles or HotWheels are better than a sedative, but this one isn't quite so bad thanks to the Godzilla footage and little side-stories the kids will ignore, but the adults will enjoy (admittedly not many of these, but at least they tried).
the most interesting of these side stories involves the boy's friend and neighbour, the typical mussy-haired scientist-tinkerer we find in most Godzilla films. In one scene worth the price of the movie (which I got on VHS at Giant Tiger for $4) our friendly neighbourhood scientist demonstrates his new invention, an integrated monitor and keyboard desktop computer. Keep in mind this is 1968/69, Xerox PARC was only just starting to toy with such ideas in a strictly-business domain, but here in Godzilla-land they are, as usual, decades ahead of the rest of us: IIRC, the boy recommends re-tooling the workstation ... so it will play not just one, but a variety of games! Toho invented the XBox! Back to the movie, it IS possible for older audiences to watch it, but you do need to suspend your belief just a bit more than the usual acceptance of 100-foot monsters.
So ... should a baby-gozilla be 4 feet high, blow smoke-rings and walk and talk? Absolutely. The key to watching this film is just as another reviewer noted, by keeping in mind that the entire film occurs inside the daydreams of a very young person. Given that, it all makes perfect sense, the plot, the dialog, the flashbacks and everything, and if you happen to actually BE a very young person, then it not only makes sense, but it enters your own life.
We were setting place-mats and pillows for Minya for months after they first watched this movie.
Minya fans will also be happy to know that the diminutive atomic monster returns as a principle character in the 2004 Final Wars, albeit with a non-speaking part :)