GODZILLA VS MEGALON
(Gojira Tai Megaro)
Some attempts are made at the beginning to connect up to the original metaphor of Godzilla as atomic avenger and draw parallels between Seatopia and atomic testing in the Pacific but this is happily forgotten in the cartoonish absurdity that follows. Theres a nutty slapstick chase early on in the piece that ends with a cycle rider being splattered in paint, which clearly signals that we are not in for a straight treatment. Things become so progressively silly that by the time of the climactic battle Fukuda has entered the out-and-out farcical. However, this is actually something that works in the films favour Jun Fukudas films seem to be a lot more entertaining when he is making no effort to take them seriously. There is no sight more colourfully ridiculous than the giant climactic tag team wrestling match that takes between a cyclopean buzzard (Gaigan from the previous film); the baby-faced Godzilla, who pouts and tries to look angry; a giant cockroach with drills for hands that shoots rays from the top of its head (Megalon); and a conehead android reminiscent of Japanese tvs Ultra Man (1966-7) decked out in psychedelic rubber (Jet Jaguar). The scenes of the four of them beating the shit out of each other are a hoot the villains are the ones who kick the good guys when they are down and rub their claws in glee; Megalon gets to kangaroo hop on his opponents; and in one hilarious moment, Godzilla does a flying dropkick while sliding along on his tail.
Decidedly creative use is made of Ancient Mysteries the heads on Easter Island are said to be three million years old, while Mu and Lemuria are taken as being actual places. Dancing naiads in white bikinis and transparent plastic macs, and a nutty pop song called Jet Jaga, which has been left undubbed, adds to the surrealism. The effects are surprisingly some of the best of the series during this era. Sublimely silly.
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 Gigan/Godzilla on Monster Island (1972), 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), plus the anime Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017). Both Roland Emmerichs Godzilla (1998) and Gareth Edwards Godzilla (2014) are big-budget, English-language remakes.
Trailer here (Japanese only, no English subs):-