Kaiju (怪獣 ) is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster" or "giant monster."
Terror of Mechagodzilla
After Mechagodzilla’s defeat in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), the aliens behind it all are looking to rebuild and find a way to beat Godzilla once and for all. They enlist the aid of Dr. Mafune (Tomoko Ai), a scientist who has discovered a massive dinosaur, Titanosaurus. Together they plot to bring down Godzilla and take over the world.
|"Oh yeah? Well, at least we didn't lose to Charles Barkley!"|
I think the most difficult thing to do in any kaiju film is to make the human players interesting. Far too often they are dwarfed literally and narratively by their giant co-stars. Although, Terror of Mechagodzilla is still plagued with that 70s Godzilla hero standard, the sport coat wearing action man, it does manage to create some depth with its antagonists. The aliens behind it all are as two-dimensional as they come, they want to take over the world and offer little beyond that, but their human accomplices actually have motivation. Dr. Mafune’s daughter was saved from death by the aliens, and in the process made into a cyborg. She also happens to be the control unit for Mechagodzilla. This creates a note of conflict and tragedy that hasn’t visited the series in some time.
|"Haha, you look ridiculous in that sport coat!"|
Its not a great looking film, much of the costumes and model work is passable, but it lacks the opulence and detail of some early entries. Still, I think it has a lot of life for being the fourteenth sequel. It ends up being a great monster brawl, and a decent (temporary) finale for the Big G.