godzilla 2We decided to do something a little different for Cheeseball Cinema today and that is we are reviewing a monster movie (of sorts). Ever since I was a kid, I loved all of the Godzilla movies even though some of them are cheesy while others are pretty good. Today’s film, Godzilla Vs Hedorah (or Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster) is one of those films that we would include on this list. In this film, the Japanese have been abusing the planet so much with the smog that a creature is born out of all the pollution. Hedorah as he is called almost immediately starts creating havoc in Japan as he starts destroying buildings and killing the people of Japan. With the help of a scientists ideas, Godzilla will take on the smog monster before he completely destroys all of Japan for good. The film stars Akira Yamauchi (Tattooed Life) as Dr. Toru Yano, Toshie Kimura (Sword Of The Beast) as Toshie Yano, Hiroyuki Kawase (Godzilla Vs Megalon) as Ken Yano, Toshio Shiba (Lost Paradise) as Yukio Keuchi, Keiko Mari as Miki Fujiyama, and the film was directed by Yoshimitsu Banno (Throne Of Blood).

hedorahThere are a lot of things that can be said about this film and why I chose it for Cheeseball Cinema. The director of the film definitely took a different approach to this film then what I was used to from past films that I have seen. You can definitely tell that it was a guy in a Godzilla suit in this film and I think he was obsessed with the 60’s flower power movement of the US as a lot of those elements are incorporated into this film. It’s one of those films that you just read about all the time as you can see that Hedorah obviously has sprayers of some sorts underneath him as they seemed to mechanical to believe and at one point int he film you can see the rope attached to him as he is flying by Godzilla who also likes to gesture to fight more than actual fighting. That was the one thing that also killed me about this film is that at times there isn’t a lot of dialogue and too much of Godzilla trying to goat Hedorah into attacking him. There’s also some animated sequences thrown into the mix to help explain why they do what they do or how Hedorah has evolved. I haven’t seen enough Godzilla films to tell you if this is the worst one I have seen, but that 1998 American abomination of a version is still the worst right now. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would have to give this film an four for a final grade.


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