Giant monsters are fucking rad, that’s an undeniable fact. But there are hundreds of kaiju films that have spawned out of Japan and the rest of the world, and we desperately needed a flimsy excuse to watch more of them. So join myself and colons each month as we take a look at different kaiju films, from the famous to the obscure, as we work out which ones are worth your time, and who truly is the king of the monsters.
For episode three, we’re watching Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster! Released in 1964, this monster mashup featured appearances from Rodan, Mothra and some creature called Godzilla, as well as the debut of King Ghidorah. If you want to watch the film before listening to the podcast, you can do so here via Archive.org.
Opening music: “EM20_Jerry_GZM” – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Ranking sound clip: “Main Title” from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Closing music: “Badman Riddim (Jump)” – Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Toho
Runtime: 92 minutes
Yosuke Natsuki as Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi as Naoko Shindo
The Peanuts as Shobijin
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Masanori Shinohara as Rodan
Shoichi Hirose as King Ghidorah
2:33 Entering the fact zone
8:33 The promotional King Ghidorah masks that were available in the US
11:42 Setting the scene
15:47 Introducing the Wet Bandits
20:20 We are now three for three on kaiju films featuring volcanoes
21:35 The amazing variety TV show scene
30:09 Whale puppetry, not so hot
40:36 The princess is in the fireplace
44:50 Shoehorned scene about atomic weaponry because it’s a Godzilla film I guess
49:49 We’ll cure the princess by tying her down and electrocuting her
52:50 Tokyo Tower update
57:13 The first official kaiju tennis match
1:06:34 Malness shoots the princess in the head with a sniper rifle and she falls down a cliff. She’s fine though.
1:10:18 The Charizard and Caterpie power play
1:13:57 We still don’t know why the Japanese film title only references three monsters
1:17:04 Closing out the film on a completely unearned nod to romance
1:22:30 It’s colons’ cuddle corner!
— フリーザーLv.5 (@legend__bird) July 1, 2019
1:39:31 Adding Mothra, Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah to the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking
1:55:00 A brief mention of next month’s kaiju film
Thanks for tuning in! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for September’s episode by watching the next film on our list; Space Amoeba. See you in episode four!