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Godzilla returns for a 4th film after King Kong vs. Godzilla (62) but this is essentially a sequel to Mothra (1961). Mothra is the giant-sized moth in Japanese monster cinema, though she/it is regarded more as a mythological god than a monster, worshiped on an island of primitive natives. The film begins with a storm at sea and, the next morning, a giant egg has appeared floating offshore Japan. The film has some startling images, as tiny boats move towards the huge egg and later, when the egg sits on the beach, surrounded by tiny people. Speaking of tiny people, then two diminutive female twins appear, asking for the egg to be returned. Meanwhile, I couple of unscrupulous chaps decide to create a tourist attraction around the egg; this subplot actually follows up on the satirical commentary on the media in the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Now, a word on the American version of this film, named Godzilla vs. The Thing. The version isn't that much different from the Japanese one; there are some added scenes of American navy personnel. The poster (above) presents the film as this big mystery. What is... the Thing? I've always figured that American marketeers came up with the strange title as a follow-up to the previous King Kong vs. Godzilla; in that one, Godzilla faces off against a famous American monster; so, maybe the thinking was: why not plug in another famous American monster name in the latest Godzilla face-off? (The Thing from another world from 1951). But, I really don't know; I'm just guessing. BoG's Score: 7 out of 10
There's even a 3rd version of the film (uh-oh):
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