Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
|Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster|
|Directed by||Jun Fukuda|
|Produced by||Tomoyuki Tanaka|
|Written by||Shinichi Sekizawa
Peter Fernandez (English version)
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
|Music by||Masaru Sato|
|Distributed by||Toho (Japan)
Walter Reade Organization
|Release date(s)||December 17, 1966 (Japan)
|Running time||87 min. (83 min. dubbed)|
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, (released in Japan as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō )) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya), the film starred Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, and Eisei Amamoto. The 7th film in the Godzilla series, this was the first of two island themed adventure films starring Godzilla.
The film was released straight to television in the United States in 1967 by the Walter Reade organization as Godzilla versus The Sea Monster.
After Yata (Tooru Ibuki) is lost at sea, his brother Ryota (Tooru Watanabe) steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. The crew runs afoul of the giant shrimp Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of an island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, known as the Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken Mothra to rescue them.
In their efforts to avoid capture, Ryota and his friends, aided by a beautiful native girl, stumble across Godzilla sleeping within a cliffside cavern. The group devises a plan to defeat the Red Bamboo and escape from the island. In the process, they wake Godzilla using a lightning rod. Godzilla fights Ebirah, but the giant crustacean escapes. Godzilla is then attacked by a giant condor and a squadron of Red Bamboo fighter jets, but destroys them.
The humans retrieve the missing Yata, free the enslaved natives and Godzilla begins to destroy the base. Godzilla smashes a tower that has a self destruct button that makes the island unstable. Godzilla fights Ebirah and defeats it, ripping off both Ebirah's claws and causing it to retreat into the sea. The natives summon Mothra to save everyone, however, Godzilla challenges Mothra when she gets to the island. Mothra manages to push Godzilla away and carry the people off. Godzilla escapes the island just before it explodes.
- Akira Takarada as Yoshimura
- Tooru Watanabe as Ryota Kane
- Tooru Ibuki as Yata Kane
- Choutarou Tougin as Ichino
- Hideo Sunazuka as Nita
- Kumi Mizuno as Dayo
- Pair Bambi as Shobijin
- Jun Tazaki as Red Bamboo Commander, one of the two primary antagonists of the film.
- Akihiko Hirata as Captain Ryuui (Yamoto in English version)
- Eisei Amamoto as Carrier Captain
- Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla, the titular kaiju and King of the Monsters.
- Mothra, a giant moth-like deity who was sent by the people of Infant Island to save the trapped people on the other island.
- Yū Sekida as Ebirah, one of the two primary antagonists of the film.
- Ookondoru, a giant condor
The film was originally written for King Kong (the project was tentatively titled Operation Robinson Crusoe:King Kong vs Ebirah), but Toho switched Kong with another popular character at the time, Godzilla. This explains why Godzilla displays uncharacteristic behavior in the film, such as drawing strength from electricity, his curiosity to Kumi Mizuno's character, and the usage of boulders to destroy the Red Bamboo Base. Toho would later use Kong for King Kong Escapes.
The US television version and early video versions have a different opening to the film. The opening scenes of Ryota at the Maritime Safety Agency searching for news of his brother have been replaced with a scene supposedly showing Ebirah destroying Yata's boat. This sequence was created by editing a later scene in the movie. The current DVD version of the film restores the Japanese cut.
In 1991, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster was distributed under the Film Ventures International name. The company replaced the opening with a generic credit sequence, using footage from Son of Godzilla. This version was aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
English version 
In 1967, the film was released directly to television in North America by the Walter Reade Organization. It was the first Godzilla film to not receive North American theatrical distribution. As with Walter Reade Organizations' next Godzilla release, Son of Godzilla, this movie was dubbed by Titra Studios.
There were several alterations made for this release:
- Dialogue was dubbed to English.
- Captain Ryuui's name was changed to Yamoto.
- Deleted: The opening credits sequence. This version features only the title card, Godzilla versus The Sea Monster.
- Deleted: A scene where Ryoto goes to the Maritime Safety office and sees a poster on the wall for a dance contest.
- Deleted: Rock music that played in the Japanese version during Godzilla and Ebirah's battle.
The English version runs 83 minutes, four minutes shorter than the Japanese version.
In 2005, Sony released the film on DVD. This was the first time the original Japanese version had been officially released on home video in the United States. The original American version, however, was replaced by Toho's international version, which is uncut. The dubbing in this version is often cited as inferior to the original Titra Studios dub.
- Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Battle in the South Seas - Translated Japanese title.
- Ebirah, Horror of the Deep - Toho's official English title.
- Godzilla versus The Sea Monster - Original U.S. dub title. The only English Godzilla title where "versus" is spelled out.
- Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster - U.S. DVD title. This is actually the Ebirah, Horror of the Deep dub with a new title card.
- Frankenstein and the Monster from the Sea - German title (Frankenstein was added to the plot.)
- The Return of Godzilla - Italian title
Box office 
In Japan, the film was released on December 17, 1966 and sold approximately 3,450,000 tickets. It was re-released on July 22, 1972 and sold approximately 760,000 tickets.
DVD release 
- Released: February 8, 2005
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
- Sound: Japanese (2.0), English (2.0)
- Supplements: Trailers for Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, MirrorMask, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and Steamboy
- Region 1
- Note: Contain's Toho's International Version
- MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi monster violence
- Ragone, August. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. 2007. Pg.145
- Godzilla on the web(Japan)
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster at the Internet Movie Database
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster at Rotten Tomatoes
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster film review
- FX director Sadamasa Arikiawa interview
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster at Toho Kingdom, including some reviews