All Monsters Attack (1969)

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All Monsters Attack
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters Attack (1969)
Flagicon United States.png Godzilla's Revenge (1971)
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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Music by Kunio Miyauchi, Lilly Sasaki, Gendai Kano
Distributor TohoJP
Maron Films US
Rating GUS
Box Office ¥260,000,000[1]
Running Time 70 minutes
(1 hour, 10 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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The great monster battle of the century! Godzilla father and son's great crisis. The furious new monster Gabara aims for the throne of Monster Island! (ずらりならんだ九大怪獣世紀の決戦!ゴジラ親子の大ピンチ 怪獣島の王座を狙う猛烈新怪獣ガバラ登場!) „ 

— Tagline

All Monsters Attack (ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃,   Gojira Minira Gabara: Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki?, lit. Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters Attack) is a 1969 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the tenth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 20, 1969.[2]

Plot

A young boy named Ichiro Miki walks home from school alongside his friend Sachiko. After a brief run-in with his father, a train driver, the two come across an abandoned factory. Despite Sachiko’s warning, he crawls under the fence to investigate. Immediately, a group of bullies surround him, led by a boy named Sanko, whom Ichiro refers to as "Gabara." Sachiko leaves with her mother, leaving Ichiro alone. Gabara takes a vacuum tube he found earlier in his walk, and then tells him he can have it back if he honks the horn on a bike belonging to a sign-painter nearby. Ichiro refuses and runs away as the bullies jeer.

At his apartment, Ichiro visits his neighbor Shinpei Inami, a toymaker, who is working on a miniature computer for children. When he turns it on, a voice begins talking about the moon. Ichiro is unimpressed, saying that he would prefer visiting Monster Island instead, where monsters like Godzilla, Rodan, and Minilla live. He then begins telling Shinpei about the bully Gabara. Shinpei encourages him to stand up for himself. Ichiro, realizing it's getting late, heads to his home. He prepares his own supper, per his mother’s instructions, and watches a news report of a bank robbery with disinterest. To entertain himself, he pretends to contact Monster Island through a toy radio. He imagines himself traveling to the island on a passenger jet.

Upon arrival, he immediately witnesses Godzilla fighting three Kamacuras, killing two of them as one escapes. Climbing up a tree, he spots Gorosaurus, Manda, Anguirus, and a Giant Eagle, who engages Godzilla. After a scuffle, Godzilla sends the monster plummeting into the sea with a blast of his atomic ray. The surviving Kamacuras then takes notice of Ichiro, and he falls down a hole while trying to run away. The Kamacuras peers into the hole, but moves on. As he struggles to climb out, someone lowers a vine and lifts him out. When he gets to the surface, he is surprised to see a cheerful, human-sized Minilla, Godzilla's son. Their conversation is interrupted by the warble of another giant toad monster, who also happens to be named Gabara. Like Ichiro, Minilla is bullied by Gabara and is too afraid to fight him.

Ichiro, now asleep, is awakened by Shinpei, who tells the boy that his mother will be home late. Wandering around outside, Ichiro encounters Gabara's gang again and runs away after they call him over. His escape leads him into the same abandoned factory. The bullies follow him, but are distracted by a passing police car. A locker door behind Ichiro then falls to the ground, drawing his attention. He finds a pair of dusty headphones inside, and a driver's license nearby. Above the license, he spots a hole in the ceiling. Before he can go upstairs, loud sirens send him running out of the factory.

As soon as he leaves, the two bank robbers, Senbayashi and Okuda, emerge from hiding. Senbayashi berates Okuda for letting his license fall down the hole, and sends him after Ichiro to get it back. Back at his apartment building, Ichiro eats dinner with Shinpei, and asks not to be awakened the next time he falls asleep, as he plans to visit Godzilla and Minilla again. Unfortunately, the first monster he comes upon is Gabara, who chases him for a time. Upon escaping, he encounters Minilla again, who laments his distant relationship with Godzilla. They watch with admiration as Godzilla defeats Ebirah and Kumonga in successive battles. Minilla decides to confront Gabara, growing to giant size - though he is still only half the beast's height. His smoke rings have no effect on Gabara, who pummels him mercilessly. Reverting to his human-sized form, Minilla retreats alongside Ichiro. They watch Godzilla destroy a squadron of fighter jets, the latest human incursion on Monster Island. Godzilla calls Minilla over and attempts to teach him to generate an atomic ray; he is unable to until Godzilla steps on his tail. As Ichiro cheers his success, a plant monster seizes him from behind. He awakens to the sight of the two robbers, who kidnap him at knifepoint and take him to the factory.

As Senbayashi keeps an eye on Ichiro, Okuda breaks into Shinpei’s car. Ichiro quietly covers the hole in the floor with newspapers and begins to daydream about Monster Island again. There, Minilla is fighting another losing battle against Gabara. Ichiro helps by pushing a boulder onto Minilla’s tail, allowing him to fire an atomic ray into Gabara's face. A newly confident Minilla easily evades the monster's attempts to grab him. Godzilla arrives on the scene, but refuses to enter the fight himself. Minilla tries to attack Gabara head-on again, but is overpowered and retreats. Ichiro suggests that Minilla use a fallen tree as a see-saw, jumping down on one end after he taunts Gabara into standing on the other. The plan is a success, and Gabara goes flying through the air. Godzilla congratulates Minilla on his victory, only to be bitten on the leg by Gabara. The resulting fight is one-sided, with Gabara running away after Godzilla flips him over his shoulder.

Ichiro reacts with fear as Godzilla reaches for him, only to be shaken awake by Senbayashi. Okuda returns with the car, and they plan to leave with Ichiro. Inspired by Minilla's example, he breaks free of the handkerchiefs they used to tie his hands, running back inside the factory. The robbers, thoroughly on edge, split up to find him. Outside, Shinpei happens upon his car. Stunned by the stolen money inside, he calls the police.

Ichiro tricks Okuda into falling through the hole on the second floor and wards off Senbayashi with a fire extinguisher, buying enough time for the police to arrive and arrest them both. The next morning, Ichiro’s mother vows not to work at night anymore. Reporters surround him as he leaves for school; he surprises them by saying that Minilla was with him as he fought the robbers. Shinpei explains that Minilla is a type of god to children.

Ichiro and Sachiko encounter Gabara and his gang again, but this time Ichiro rushes into a fight with the bully. He then runs over to the sign-painter and honks his motorcycle's horn. He falls from his ladder, getting paint on his face, and chases after Ichiro. He runs into his father driving a train and asks him to stall the painter with an apology. Now accepted by the gang, he continues on his way to school with them.

Staff

Main article: All Monsters Attack/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Main article: All Monsters Attack/Credits.

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Kenji Sahara   as   Kenkichi Miki, Ichiro's father
  • Machiko Naka   as   Tamie Miki, Ichiro's mother
  • Tomonori Yazaki   as   Ichiro Miki
  • Shigeki Ishida   as   Landlord
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Toy Consultant Shinpei Inami
  • Sachio Sakai   as   Bank Robber Senbayashi
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Bank Robber Okuda
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Bartender
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Trainman
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Assistant Detective
  • Yutaka Nakayama   as   Billboard Painter
  • Yoshifumi Tajima   as   Detective
  • Junichi Ito   as   Sanko ("Gabara")
  • Toru Mori, Toshiya Kurokawa, Hiroyuki Miyaoka, Nobuto Takahashi   as   Gabara's gang
  • Hidemi Ito   as   Sachiko
  • Masao Fukazawa   as   Minilla
  • Yasuhiko Kakuko   as   Gabara
  • Haruo Nakajima   as   Godzilla
  • Midori Uchiyama   as   Minilla (voice)


Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: All Monsters Attack/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: All Monsters Attack (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters Attack (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Godzilla's Revenge (United States)
  • Attack All Monsters (Original International Title)
  • Minya, Son of Godzilla (Alternate American Title)
  • The Island of the Monsters (La isla de los monstruos; Argentina)

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.

U.S. Release

American Godzilla's Revenge poster

All Monsters Attack was acquired by Henry Saperstein's United Productions of America and released in American theaters on December 8, 1971 by Maron Films as Godzilla's Revenge. It was frequently paired with Island of the Burning Damned, with some theaters screening it alongside Monster Zero and War of the Gargantuas.

The film's original American title was Minya, Son of Godzilla, which appeared in BoxOffice magazine's list of upcoming release from May 3 to May 31, 1971.[3] It was changed to avoid confusion with Son of Godzilla. A poster for Minya, Son of Godzilla exists, and a version of Godzilla's Revenge with that title card played in Boston in February 1972.[4] A poster for this version exists; whether it was shown anywhere else is unknown. BoxOffice also called the film Terror of Godzilla (which would later happen to be the original U.S. theatrical title for Terror of Mechagodzilla) from June 7 to July 26, 1971.

Ryder Sound Services recorded the film's English dub, with Minilla (now called "Minya") voiced by a man instead of a woman. The only other significant change was the removal of the vocal song "Monster March" from the opening credits and beginning of the film. An instrumental jazz piece by Ervin Jereb, "Crime Fiction," replaces it in the credits.

Box Office

In Japan, the film sold 1,480,000 tickets. This was over a million tickets less than the previous Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters, and it was the first Godzilla film to sell less than 2 million tickets.

Reception

All Monsters Attack has gained very negative reviews from Godzilla fans, considering it the weakest of all the Godzilla films.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Paradise DVD (Year Unknown)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Special Features: Trailers for the film and other entries in the Godzilla series

Simitar DVD (1998)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special Features: Optional 1.33:1 presentation (cropped), Simitar-produced trailers for the company's kaiju releases, art gallery, trivia game
  • Notes: Out of print.

Classic Media DVD (2002)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee trailer
  • Notes: Cropped 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Out of print.

Toho DVD (2004)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Koji Hashimoto and Kenji Konuta, scans of the theatrical program, theatrical trailer

Madman DVD (2006)

  • Region: 4
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Theatrical trailer, poster gallery, trivia, Madman-produced trailers

Classic Media DVD (2008)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono), English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Audio commentary for Godzilla's Revenge by Richard Pusateri, Ishiro Honda featurette (7 minutes), poster slideshow, gallery of production stills and publicity photos

Toho Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Koji Hashimoto and Kenji Konuta, interview with Teruyoshi Nakano and Takao Tsurumi (26 minutes), Kunio Miyauchi interview (13 minutes), scans of the theatrical program, theatrical trailer, text history of the Toho Champion Festival

Videos

Trailers

All Monsters Attack Japanese trailer
Godzilla's Revenge American double feature trailer
Godzilla's Revenge VHS promo

Trivia

  • Despite its large roster of billed kaiju, a considerable portion of the monster scenes in All Monsters Attack is made up of stock footage from previous films, primarily Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and Son of Godzilla. The only monsters to appear in newly-shot footage for this film are Godzilla, Minilla and Gabara, with Kamacuras also appearing in a brief scene of new footage.
  • All Monsters Attack is similar to Gamera: Super Monster, as both were produced in the Showa era, rely on a large amount of stock footage for monster scenes, and feature a young boy as the main protagonist.
  • This is one of three films in which monsters speak. The other two are Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, though it was translated by the Shobijin, and Godzilla vs. Gigan, where Godzilla speaks to Anguirus.
  • Although Ichiro says Rodan lives on Monster Island, he does not make any kind of appearance in the entire movie.
  • All Monsters Attack is unique among the Showa Godzilla series as it is not considered to be part of the other films' continuity, but rather is said to be set in the "real world," where Godzilla and the other kaiju are fictional characters that appear in films.
  • All Monsters Attack is the first onscreen appearance of Monster Island, a location that would be featured as the home of Godzilla and most of the other Earth kaiju in subsequent films.
  • All Monsters Attack was released at the Winter Toho Champion Film Festival on December 10 alongside a comedy film called Konto 55: Grand Outer Space Adventure and an animated film called Star of the Giants: Go Hyuma!. This was the first Champion Film Festival, which would be continually held in Japan until 1978.

References

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KeizerGhidorah

3 months ago
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This movie could have had potential if Ichiro wasn't in it and it wasn't it a dream. If it was just about the monsters, it could've been somewhat of a classic underdog story where Minilla has to stand-up to his bully Gabara.

This is definitely the worst Godzilla film.
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CdrWikizilla

6 months ago
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Best anime^
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Toolen

10 months ago
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Definitely the worst Godzilla film. The only reason it's better than the 1998 film is the fact that it actually has Godzilla in it, as opposed to GINO.
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Deathrock9

10 months ago
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Too bad that the monster in that movie is trademarked as Godzilla, huh?
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Deathrock9

11 months ago
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(This film is really good! )
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Toa Hydros

12 months ago
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My Thoughts: Godzilla's Revenge

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Godzilla's Revenge is often regarded as the absolute WORST out of the Godzilla film series... and for good reason.

The film's resident Kenny is easily one of the most irritating individuals in the long sad history Kennys. All he does is whine and make annoying noises. Also, is this kid narcoleptic? How many times does he fall asleep? He even falls asleep after being TAKEN HOSTAGE BY TWO CRIMINALS!!!!

The monster action is mostly shameless stock footage from Ebirah: Horror of the Deep and Son of Godzilla, but at least that's more entertaining than what new footage there is, which is mostly Kenny and Minya goofing around between monster fights, though the final battle against Gabara is memorable in a ridiculous "Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus" sort of way.

And speaking of Minya...

This is the film that pretty much eliminated any chance of the character being likable. "Godzilla says I should learn to fight my own battles, ya know." Ugh.

The final nail in this movies coffin, however, is the story itself: A weak plot, a weak moral, and a weak execution. Heck, the fact that Godzilla and company only appear in dream sequences pretty much negates this film's significance in the Showa series. Seriously, in all the previous sequels, Godzilla was fighting some enemy or enemies that posed a threat to Japan, if not the whole world. What's at stake here? A Kenny outwitting a couple of bumbling bank robbers? Now THAT'S drama!

Overall, this film is definitely weakest of the original series. Little kids might be entertained by the goofy monster action, but otherwise this film offers little for older fans.