films seen
17/51
average score
1.94*
nationality
Japan - 81 years old
status
R.I.P.
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Legendary director who dragged the Kaiju genre into the mainstream. Honda did more than just the Godzilla franchise, but he'll be forever be remembered as the man behind the radioactive lizard. Not the greatest director, even so well worth checking out.

The inoffensive

Matango

by Ishirô Honda
Specifics
Japan [1963] - 89 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Matango poster

One of Honda's most serious films. The camp is almost entirely absent, which is a curse as well as a blessing. The plot is still pretty cheesy, but the execution is very straight-faced. Overall it's moodier and more atmospheric compared to his other work, but the radioactive mushroom stuff is just too goofy to be taken seriously. Quite fun though.

Worthy but flawed

Destroy All Monsters

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Kaijû Sôshingeki
Specifics
Japan [1968] - 88 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Destroy All Monsters poster

Feels like a classic Godzilla best-of film. All the monsters are here, there's a bunch of weird sci-fi stuff and some random extraterrestrial interference. Some Godzilla entries can be a little slow and tepid in between the fighting, there's simply so much happening here that they didn't have the time or money to waste film on any serious conversation. Good fun, but very, very cheesy.

Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Kaijû Daisensô
Specifics
Japan, USA [1965] - 93 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero poster

This was pretty fun. You get a kaiju film and a space exploration film rolled into one. It's all very cheesy and cardboard-like of course, but there's hardly a dull moment and some there are some truly stand-out scenes. Apart from the original Godzilla film, this is one of the best Honda films I've seen so far.

Godzilla

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Gojira
Specifics
Japan [1954] - 96 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Godzilla poster

Dubious filler

Terror of Mechagodzilla

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Mekagojira no Gyakushû
Specifics
Japan [1975] - 79 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Terror of Mechagodzilla poster

Honda's final film is another decent entry in the Godzilla franchise, without bringing anything too special or out of the ordinary. There's a lot of sci-fi cheese to brighten things up and the battles between Godzilla, Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus are plentiful, but there's not enough to make it stand out from the many other entries in the franchise.

Yog: The Space Amoeba

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no Daikaijû
Specifics
Japan [1970] - 84 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Yog: The Space Amoeba poster

King Kong Escapes

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Kingukongu no Gyakushû
Specifics
Japan, USA [1967] - 96 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
King Kong Escapes poster

The War of the Gargantuas

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Furankenshutain no Kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira
Specifics
Japan [1966] - 92 mins
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The War of the Gargantuas poster

Feels slightly more serious than most entries in the Godzilla franchise, at the same time also a little less entertaining. It's a decent film that is going to please fans of Honda, but the Frankenstein creatures aren't as enigmatic as Godzilla and even though the film is short, it does drag a little in places. Not bad, but not a stand-out Honda either.

Frankenstein Conquers the World

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Furankenshutain Tai Chitei Kaijû Baragon
Specifics
Japan [1965] - 87 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Frankenstein Conquers the World poster

A typical Honda film, with a couple of huge monsters battling it out after a relatively lengthy intro and a drawn-out middle part. Of course the atom bomb has its role to play in the setup of the story, but ultimately these films are all about campy fun and elaborate destruction. It's decent filler, but I don't think I'll ever become a big fan of Honda's work.

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
San Daikaijû: Chikyu Saidai no Kessen
Specifics
Japan [1964] - 85 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster poster

Ghidorah may be one of the most appealing monsters within the Godzilla universe, his introduction to the series is rather plain. Mothra and Rodan are present for the battle, but all they really do is flick stones at each other, in a rural landscape. The result is a pretty plain and uneventful entry in the Godzilla franchise.

Varan the Unbelievable

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Daikaijû Baran
Specifics
Japan [1958] - 87 mins
Genre
Horror, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Varan the Unbelievable poster

A very simple Godzilla knock-off by Honda, the Kaiju master himself. If you like giant lizards with spiky backsides and grueling howls, destroying Japanese villages (small and large), this film has everything you need. The monster is somewhat pointless though and the film is extremely predictable, but it's fun enough while it lasts.

The Mysterians

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Chikyû Bôeigun
Specifics
Japan [1957] - 85 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Mysterians poster

Plain forgettable

All Monsters Attack

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru Kaijû Daishingeki
Specifics
Japan [1969] - 70 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
All Monsters Attack poster

A nonsensical Godzilla film that slaps two unrelated plot lines together and still manages to get some additional Godzilla action in there. There's a lot of different monsters present, but they only appear in a kid's dream, and they're just battling it out on their own territory. It feels pretty cheap, but at least it's short and the scenes on Monster Island are decent.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Mosura tai Gojira
Specifics
Japan [1964] - 89 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Mothra vs. Godzilla poster

Atragon

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Kaitei Gunkan
Specifics
Japan [1963] - 94 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Atragon poster

King Kong vs. Godzilla

by Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Kingu Kongu tai Gojira
Specifics
Japan, USA [1962] - 91 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
King Kong vs. Godzilla poster

Irritation overload

Dreams

by Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda
Also known as
Yume
Specifics
Japan, USA [1990] - 119 mins
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Dreams poster