There is also a look at the youth culture in this movie which gives it a more adult tone and break away from the “kid-friendliness” of the Godzilla movies of the late sixties, no science-fiction battles or foes from other planets – Hedorah was created by society in a sense I feel the director was having a dig at the youth culture’s disregard for drinking and smoking as seen in the night-club segments as well as three middle class men drinking while Hedorah and Godzilla wage forth a battle the ignorance to Hedorah’s presence was shown by these two “societies” and “classes” this truly is a deep film.
Godzilla’s hero status is made more plausible and “real” in this movie with moody lighting, dark night scenes, ominous noises and impressive miniature, suitmation and optical effects (with no stock footage) gives this and pardon the irony a fresh feel.
Overall this is an “environmental” movie with the backdrop of a “Godzilla” franchise it is about family, friends, parenthood, class-systems, human beings wreaking the environment and big guy himself being a hero with more substance and belief.
For 1971 it has quirky hand-drawn animation, clever optical effects, impressive lighting and miniatures, moody lightening and tremendous multi-layed foe that is Hedorah this was a stellar effort by Toho and it shows. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p 24 fps Kraken Blu-ray Releases) this was an very impressive experience with clear and balanced colours and crisp and clear audio.
This is a dark movie with gritty drama, melodrama (with the boy his dreams and his family), political, reflective and ambitious this was certainly a right move by Toho to take the franchise in a very different and in my opinion more mature direction – highly recommended.