aka: Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas
Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no Daiketto
Director: Jun Fukuda
My Rating: 7.0/10
A teenager is looking to enter a dance contest in order to win a yacht (his motive is hidden at this point in time). Well.. he doesn’t get to the dancing part.. but luckily for him two lazy contestants, also with a facination for boats!, happens to chicken out of the contest and as it just happens they are able to take him to a place with boats aplenty. The crew ends up sleeping in a boat and find themselves, after spending the night, sailing with a thief-on-the-run. As night is coming, strange clouds and storm is coming – also a giant lobster (Ebirah!) wrecks the ship. They end up stranded on an island (if it rings a bell, it should if you’ve been following the series..) where it just so happens that some primitive locals live, however these cavepeople are slaves to some evil militants. Hero of the past: Mothra! is sleeping.. can the locals chant Mothra to life(?), and what does godzilla have to do with this(?).. hell, even Rodan is a guest at this party.. I guess you have to watch it to find out what is gonna happen.
Just like in Bruno Mattei’s masterful Born to Fight (1989) new events is the major vehicle for the storyline. You could argue this is poor writing but I would disagree, to me it feels, strange as it sounds, refreshing – as it keeps things exciting when the movie itself is playful. As for Ebirah it’s a kind of a why-not-monster (just like those spiders in Son of Godzilla (1967)), everything next to Godzilla, Mothra or Gamera (and King Kong if going there) is sideshow material.
Action is plentyful, things are colorful, and if you’re init for the monstershow then this one delivers that promise. It’s recommended to follow the series from the start though, this being the #7th entry in the original Toho series.