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The Asian ApertureGodzilla vs the Smog Monster
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, August 21, 2012    Share

Love it or hate it, you canít ignore this Godzilla movie. Opening in Japan in 1971 and in the US in 1972, Godzilla vs the Smog Monster has so many things to like.

As a young boy, Ken, is playing outside with his toy Godzilla, Hedorah is feeding off of the Earthís population and growing to monstrous size. Hedorah is attacking ships and planning, as all giant monsters do, on destroying Tokyo.

A sexy woman is singing inside a club just before Hedorah invades and kills. To combat the growing pollution problem, young irate Japanese met in a field to play acoustic guitars, wear bad Hawaiian shirts, and sing out in protest when Hedorah crashes their antics and kills even more people. The death scenes are very entertaining and not what you would expect. Each time Hedorah attacks he grows stronger and stronger thanks to humankindís neglect. Is there any power in the World to stand up to him?? Yes, when Godzilla hits the shore. In their first fight, Hedorah isnít very big and Godzilla schools him easily. Not so when Hedorah returns badder than ever. The army helps out by erecting giant electrodes but this proves ineffective as Godzilla and Hedorah duke it out. It is a classic Kaiju battle that is at the pinnacle of Godzilla fight scenes. I will not ruin it but going into too much detail.

Godzilla vs Hedorah has interesting animation sequences and wonderful psychedelic colors and camerawork. This all adds to the fun, along with a cool soundtrack that could only be produced in Japan. The movie end with an important message to all, after Hedorahís defeat, the camera shows trash floating in the ocean. I have always hated pollution and seeing that scene always reminds me to do my part and pick up my trash.

This movie has something for every Godzilla fan and even those who are not yet fans. It will definitely force you to take a stand; even those lukewarm friends who never seem to have a strong opinion about anything. Make them watch it.

Highly Recommended

5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2012 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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