GODZILLA VS GIGAN
GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND
(Gojira Tai Gaigan)
The plot here is a rehash of the one that has been reused throughout most of the 1960s Godzilla entries such as Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero (1965) and Destroy All Monsters (1968) of alien invaders turning monsters against Earth. As with the previous entry in the series, Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (1971), there is the emerging theme of pollution here the alien invaders are evolved cockroaches that took over after their planets people polluted themselves to death.
Godzilla vs Gigan is written down to a level of childish inanity by this point, the childrens audience and the bad movie freaks are the only ones who like Godzilla movies. There is bad acting on the part of most of the cast most irritatingly a tendency towards bumbling slapstick characters, especially so a buffoonish hippie sidekick. The special effects are extremely cheesy with many effects sequences being recycled from other entries. The film does at least rise to the occasion of the Japanese monster movie during the climactic battle with all sorts of fun involving Gigans buzzsaw, Angilas slamming Ghidrah with his spiked back and Godzilla being body-slammed. (Godzilla gets his ass whipped a whole lot more here than he does in any other film). The dubbing is, as always, atrocious frequently it does not even match what is happening on screen. Although the worst part about the dubbing is when Godzilla gets a voice during several scenes, which must count as a major low point for the series.
The other Godzilla films are: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), Godzilla vs the Sea Monster/Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1968), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), Godzilla vs the Smog Monster/Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster/Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster/Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976), Godzilla 1985 (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993), Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994), Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995), Godzilla 2000 (1999), Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence (2016). Both Roland Emmerichs Godzilla (1998) and Gareth Edwards Godzilla (2014) are big-budget, English-language remakes.
Trailer here (Japanese only, no English subs):-