Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Title: Invasion of Astro Monster 1965
  • Actors and Actresses:
  • Nick Adams as Glenn American
  • Akira Takarada as Fuji
  • Kumi Mizuno as Namikawa
  • Jun Tazaki as Dr. Sakurai
  • Akira Kubo as Tetsuo Torii
  • Keiko Sawai as Haruno Fuji
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya as Controller of Planet X
  • Godzilla, The King of the Monsters and the primary monster protagonist.
  • Rodan, a giant pteranodon who helps Godzilla fight King Ghidorah.
  • King Ghidorah, an extraterrestrial, three-headed dragon and the main antagonist.
  • Directed by: Ishiro Honda
  • Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: It Was Released in the Year of 1965
  • US Release Date: It Was Released in the Year of 1970
  • Taglines: “We Need an Exterminator”

Synopsis

A mysterious planet has been discovered beyond Jupiter and earth has launched an exploratory spaceship. P-1 is a ship that carries astronaut Glenn and Fuji towards the planet X. which has a strange magnetic field. They come in contact with the aliens or should I say Xilians. The Xilians are asking the astronaut’s for help on their planet which contains a monster that terrorizes the planet. This monster is called monster zero. They are asking for the monsters Godzilla and Rodan to transport them back to planet X., and get rid of monster zero which is formally known as King Ghidorah.

What eventually happens is the Xilians are promising the cure for cancer, but to plans backfire once they get to Godzilla and Rodan on planet X. Once have the monsters at their call. They threatened the planet Earth and taken over by using the monsters to destroy the planet. What happens next is Godzilla and Rodan and King Ghidorah go all out a demolition spree. Continuing their on slot something changes they find a way he to take the Xilians and leave them defenseless by using an invention used by one of the people of the earth.

The Xilians lose control of all the monsters eventually lose in this spaceship that they are in. Godzilla and Rodan come back to their senses and give King Ghidorah a serious ass whuppin’. Sending King Ghidorah back to where he came from. Godzilla and Rodan live happily ever after the end.

What I liked About The Movie

I have to say this is another action-packed movie with lots of Kaiju fighting it is said that Godzilla’s look was changed in this movie as well it had a more friendlier look as well as a shorter neck as what they say and how to that is I know that the case was changed. This movie is perhaps better than the one before but like most Showa movies they don’t really appeal to my senses with the exception of the original, but they are good movies to wash once in a while.

Trivia

  • King Ghidorah (Kingu Gidora), sometimes known as King Ghidorah, is a fictional daikaiju (giant monster) featured in such movies as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs Gigan, Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Rebirth of Mothra III, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and Godzilla: Final Wars as well as some other stock footage appearances.
  • Created as an opponent for Godzilla in 1964′s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, King Ghidorah was a golden, dragon-like creature with three heads on long necks, bat-like wings, no arms, and twin tails. It was said to be 100 meters tall with a 150 meter wingspan, and to weigh 30,000 metric tons.
  • King Ghidorah was brought to life on the movie screen by a stunt actor inside an elaborate costume, with a team of puppeteers to control the beast’s many appendages.
  • Initially, Ghidorah was said to have come from outer space, and was an ancient evil responsible for destroying civilizations on many planets, including Venus. Arriving on Earth in a magnetic meteorite, Ghidorah caused much destruction to the Japanese countryside before being repelled by the monstrous team of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.
  • In its next movie appearance, Invasion of Astro-Monster, it was a mind-controlled pawn of beings from Planet X, who coveted Earth’s water resources. Once again, Godzilla and Rodan drove the dragon back into space.
  • It made two more appearances in the original Godzilla film series, both times as an agent of alien invaders. In Godzilla vs Gigan, it teamed with the cybernetic monster Gigan in a battle against Godzilla and the spiky quadruped Anguirus. In Destroy All Monsters, it was apparently killed by a combined force of ten of Earth’s defending Daikaiju.
  • Ghidorah also appeared in two episodes of the tokusatsu superhero TV series, Ryûsei Ningen Zôn.
  • The dragon was revamped with a new origin for 1991′s Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. Futuristic time-travelers released three genetically-engineered “Dorat” creatures onto an island where they would be exposed to radiation from atomic bomb testing. The Dorats fused to become Ghidorah, which was then used by the so-called Futurians to devastate present-day Japan. When the marauder was killed by Godzilla (who blasted the monster’s middle-head off), the corpse was later recovered and used as the basis for a cyborg dubbed “Mecha-King Ghidorah.” This incarnation managed to stun Godzilla with its Machine Hand weapon and attempted to carry Godzilla away from Japan before being blasted by the reptile and crashing into the sea.
  • In the Return of Mothra continuity, another variety of Ghidorah, Death Ghidorah, was introduced. It was a quadipedial version of King Ghidorah. Later, King Ghidorah itself appeared in the 1998′s 3rd installment Rebirth of Mothra III. Like the first version, this King Ghidorah came from outer space, and was responsible for the death of the dinosaurs. The giant insect Mothra battled Ghidorah in both prehistoric times and the present-day to save a group of children kidnapped by the dragon in its older ‘Grand King Ghidorah’ form.
  • In 2001′s Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, it received yet another origin, this time as a legendary guardian of the Japanese isles, apparently related to Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon featured in Japanese mythology.
  • King Ghidorah is also known as Monster Zero, who is referenced in Rob Zombie’s “The Great American Nightmare.”

Negative Points

  • The negative voices movie what happened to the point

Positive Points

  • To me I have to say and I’m sure a lot of years won’t agree with this but when Godzilla was jumping up and down he was having a happy moment I thought that was different and at the same time a little cheesy but funny at the same time. The fight scenes they were spectacular between Rodin Godzilla. I like the moment when Mothra’s larva tried to reason with Godzilla and Rodan and their flipping off their looks like they have a serious attitude between each other I thought that was funny. However they do eventually come around and realized he needed to take care of King Ghidorah.

Closing Statement

In my closing statements all in all this movie is really good like I mentioned before there are some funny moments in this movie the part where Godzilla jumps up and down I thought that was hilarious and the part where Mothra’s larva had to be the mature one and try to reason with the 2 because they were stubborn as can be. I would definitely buy this DVD questions asked is one of the vessels of the Showa series.

Written by Barney Buckley

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