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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘,   Gojira Ebira Mosura: Nankai no Daikettō?, lit. Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Duel in the South Seas) is a 1966 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the seventh installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1966.


Plot

After his brother Yata is lost at sea, young Ryota Kane steals a yacht with his two friends and a bank robber. This motley crew runs afoul of sea monster Ebirah, and washes up on the shore of Devil's Island, where a terrorist organization manufactures heavy water for their nefarious purposes, as well as a chemical that keeps Ebirah at bay. The organization, Red Bamboo, has enslaved natives from Infant Island to help them, but the natives hope to awaken a dormant 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 shrimp 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.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Akira Takarada   as   Yoshimura
  • Kumi Mizuno   as   Daiyo
  • Chotaro Togin   as   Ichino
  • Hideo Sunazuka   as   Nita
  • Toru Watanabe   as   Ryota Kane
  • Toru Ibuki   as   Yata Kane
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Red Bamboo Captain Ryuui
  • Jun Tazaki   as   Red Bamboo Commander
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Elderly Slave
  • "Pair Bambi"   as   Shobijin
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Red Bamboo Naval Officer
  • Hisaya Ito   as   Red Bamboo Scientist
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Red Bamboo Scientist
  • Chieko Nakakita   as   Mother of Ryota and Yata
  • Fumiko Honma   as   Spiritualist
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Farmer
  • Shoichi Hirose   as   Infant Islander
  • Kazuo Suzuki   as   Infant Islander
  • Wataru Omae   as   Infant Islander
  • Kenichiro Maruyama   as   Infant Islander
  • Shigeki Ishida   as   Newspaper Editor

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

U.S. Release

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American Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster VHS cover

In 1968, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep was released directly to television in North America by the Walter Reade Organization, under the title Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. It was the first Godzilla film to not receive North American theatrical distribution. There were several small alterations made:

  • Dialogue was dubbed to English.
  • Captain Ryuui's name was changed to Yamoto. Ebirah and the Red Bamboo are never referred to by name.
  • Deleted: The opening credits sequence. This version features only the title card reading "Godzilla versus the Sea Monster."
  • Deleted: A scene where Ryota 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.

In 2005, TriStar Pictures released Ebirah, Horror of the Deep on DVD in North America for the first time. Their DVD release included the original Japanese audio track for the film as well as Toho's international English dub. Interestingly, TriStar chose to release the film under its original U.S. title, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, rather than under its official international English title, as it had done in most of its other releases. TriStar even created a brand new English title card for the film reading "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster," replacing the international title card. In 2014, Kraken Releasing released the film under its international title for the first time in the U.S. on DVD and Blu-Ray. However, this release still included TriStar's English title card.

Box Office

When Ebirah, Horror of the Deep was released theatrically in Japan on December 17, 1966, it had an attendance of 3,450,000. When the film was re-issued on July 22, 1972, it received 760,000 attendees, adding up to a total of roughly 4,210,000 tickets sold.

Reception

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep has received mixed reviews from the Godzilla fanbase, with some fans praising its unique story, interesting characters, and focus on human action over monster battles, while others have criticized its lack of monster screentime, the appearance of the Godzilla suit, and the fact that Godzilla seemed out of place in the film (possibly due to the role originally being written for King Kong).

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