Godzilla vs The Smog Monster 1971 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


Movie Information 

  • Director: Yoshimitsu Banno
  • Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: July 24, 1971 by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running time 85 minutes
  • US Release Date: April 1972 by American International Pictures. Running time 85 minutes
  • Taglines: “Don’t Lose Your Courage. One place where there is no pollutions in our hearts. Come on now. All of us. Our message is loud and strong. We’re going to send it up higher.


An amorphous alien creature is carried aboard a meteorite to earth, where it feasts upon the rampant air and water pollution all on the Japanese coastline and grows from a seafaring, into a flying disc. The slimy monsters toxic emissions overpower Godzilla, but a scientist condenses the military to construct to giant electrodes and kill Hedorah by dehydration; the smog monster is lowered into a deadly trap, but the electrodes malfunction and Godzilla-employing his newfound ability to fly-saves the day.

What I Think about This Movie

Out of all the monsters in the Showa series Hedorah is the most unique and my favorites of the series. I have mentioned that Mechagodzilla is also one of my favorites however it doors deftly on the top of my list. Why is because he is different than anything else he possesses unique abilities that no other monster can. It was also said that the director of this movie was actually in the process of doing a 2nd smog monster movie. Within this time of making this movie Tomoyuki Tanaka was in the hospital ill when he came out and found out what this movie was about it was extremely upset about it and needless to say the 2nd movie never came about because of the situation. However he tried in the early 90s to reproduce and get production for a new Godzilla movie that would be in 3-D, but that is a story for another day. I generally like this movie because of the message that is sense because the one the 70s and 80s we were ridiculous about pollution because of all the manufacturing and the primitive ways of producing goods today is a little different we had no manufacturing jobs thanks to China. The bad points about this movie there are none because I truly like this movie.


  • A sequel, set in Africa, was planned. However, G-series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who had been hospitalized during the film’s production, was enraged by the film once he saw it, telling director Yoshimitsu Banno that he had ruined the Godzilla series. Tanaka immediately ordered the filming of a more conventional Godzilla movie (Chikyu kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (1972)). Thus, the “Smog” sequel was never made.
  • This is the first film in the series since Mosura tai Gojira (1964) to have a strong social message attached to it.
  • This is the only movie in which Godzilla demonstrates his ability to fly by firing his atomic breath towards the ground and propelling himself backwards


  • When Hedorah throws some sludge at Godzilla’s eye in the Mt. Fuji scene, it hit’s Godzilla right eye, but after Hedorah gets done laughing, Godzilla’s left eye is the one that is damaged.

Closing Statements

Like I mentioned in my thoughts above I don’t have any really serious complaints about this movie is one of my favorite of the Showa series. This is because of the message that it sends and Hedorah is one of the most unique monsters of the series I love his design and I especially like the song that they play in the beginning of the movie called “Save the Earth” I have this in English and Japanese versions this is a cool song for this movie. Another thing I like about this movie is the fact that evening it was set in the 70s you get to see what it was like in the 70s Japan experienced somewhat what we did. And that is psychedelic shirts and formfitting bodysuits as well as monitors and visual screens with psychedelic paint flopping back and forth this was the thing in the 70s. This is a good movie if you haven’t gotten that I suggest you go out and buy it.

Written by Barney Buckley


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