By 1966 the Godzilla series was turning intentionally comic, which only multiplied the stupidity of the films by the time they got dubbed stateside. (This movie was also called "Ebirah, Horror of the Deep" in the U.S.) A sailing ship is destroyed by a storm and a giant claw, but the family of one of the lost sailors remains convinced he still lives. His brother and two buddies decide to search for him, and find themselves on a sailboat with a bank robber who has stolen millions. They all end up on an island where a military installation uses human slaves to work on a secret project (a "heavy water factor") that includes a nuclear reactor. The slaves, it turns out, were all kidnapped from Infant Island, the home of Mothra. It takes a while for the singing islanders to wake up the giant insect so s/he can fly to the rescue, while the Japanese boys and an island girl infiltrate the army base. (Hirata, who played the young eye-patched scientist who sacrifices himself with his Oxygen Destroyer invention in the original Godzilla, is the villainous commander with another eyepatch in this one -- but his patch has a cool red dragon on it.) Godzilla turns out to be sleeping in a cave on the island, so the boys wake him up with the help of a machete lightning rod attached to metal wire from a necklace -- whereupon Godzilla (he looks a little like Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster here) goes a few rounds with a giant lobster known as Ebirah. At one point they lob boulders back and forth between them as if in a tennis match. The movie purposely incorporates elements of James Bond and the "Batman" TV show (listen to the music). It's a film where people sneak about at night in bright orange and yellow windbreakers, where the sound of Godzilla's paw swatting Ebirah underwater is a metallic clank, and dozens of soldiers firing machine guns over and over can't hit five fleeing people but a one-eyed captain can sever a balloon rope with a single pistol shot. Godzilla is not yet an unvarnished hero, but he does stop to ponder a moment while a pretty girl cowers in his shadow, and inadvertantly helps out the humans before leaping into the ocean and paddling off into the sunset. Very very bad fun.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus