Pros: You get to see all the great monsters on Monster Island
Cons: Minya ----- grrrrrrrr
The Bottom Line: Not worth the time or the trouble
Although Godzilla does make a rudimentary appearance in this movie, it is really the story of a lonely latch-key' child with one heck of an imagination. It was also way too close to that irritating Home Alone series of movies for my taste.
The boy, Tomonon Yazaki, lives in polluted Tokyo. He's a little guy that often is the brunt of the school bullies. He dreams of flying away to Monster Island and meeting up with his hero Godzilla and son, Minya. Minya and Yazaki become the focus of this story, as their lives often parallel each others. We, of course, are given the treat of watching this parallel take place - sigh.
Because Yazaki's parents work such long hours, he is often left to his own devices, watched over by neighbor and toymaker, Eisei Amamoto. Amaamoto makes some pretty neat toys though. Yazaki often tells Amamoto the stories of the great monsters on Monster Island, and his dream to meet them some day. Amamoto chuckles.
Anyway, one day Yazaki falls asleep and wakens on Monster Island and finally gets to see all the greats - Godzilla, Anguirrus, Kamacuras, Manda, Gabera, etc. He is chased and falls into a deep hole where he is rescued by Minya, Godzilla's son. This is where it leaves what little reality there was brewing and slips right into catatonia. Minya can talk just like a human and he is the same size as Yazaki. He also falls prey to the bullies of the Island, particularly Gabera. Let's face it, he's got some bullies on that island! Nevertheless, the parallel lives of Yazaki and Minya start here - sigh.
Somehow we are back in Tokyo and Yazaki, in his lonely life, happens on a couple of bank robbers hidden in a warehouse. Taking one of their drivers license, he heads home. They follow him (enter Home Alone skit - grrrrrr). We are suddenly back on Monster Island with Godzilla in heated battle against Ebirah and Kumonga, as well as the Japanese fighter planes. But there is a reason for this - of course, there always is. Godzilla is attempting to teach Minya how to fight. Seems poor Minya can't do more than puff out the occasional smoke ring instead of that great atomic breath of his daddy, until Godzilla stomps on his tail - whooooeeee! Godzilla is speaking to Minya in this movie, but it is generally garbled. This is good, I don't want my Godzilla to be able to talk.
Back in Tokyo, Yazaki is captured by the bank robbers, but heeding the words of Godzilla and Minya he does his Home Alone skit and escapes. Remember, this little guy is about 6-7 years old and the size of a fly. These are professional bank robbers - dumb, but professional. Left me shaking my head in disgust. There is more to the story, some feel good scenes between mother and son, feel good scenes between Godzilla and Minya, feel good scenes between Yazaki and Minya. Just an all around lovey-dovey monster movie.
If it weren't for that little trip to Monster Island you'd hardly be able to consider this a monster movie at all. It was enjoyable seeing all the big guys together and stomping around but it wasn't worth the buck 98 for the movie rental. Poor quality and poor taste, shame on them! And that Minya - looks like a dirty Pillsbury dough boy and sounds like one of the chipmunks.
Also Known As: All Monsters Attack (1969) All Monsters On Parade (1969) (literal English title) All kaijû daishingeki (1969) Attack All Monsters (1969) Godzilla's Leverage (1969) Godzilla's Revenge (1969) (USA) Great Charge of All Monsters (1969) Minya, Son of Godzilla (1969)
Starring Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla and Little Man Machan as Minya (Godzilla finally gets mentioned!) Written by Shinichi Sekizawa and unbelievably directed by Ishiro Honda - whatever was he thinking?
Considered by many Godzilla fans to be one of the lowest points in the whole Godzilla franchise, All Monsters Attack aka Godzilla's Revenge is admittedly, a guilty pleasure for me. There's no question that this is a bad movie, but its sheer absurdity and hokey execution makes it far too amusing to lump this with the likes of the 1998 Godzilla movie or Pluto Nash. This is another one of those movies that's great for one of those nights to invite your friends … more
A young boy's active imagination places him on Monster Island where he meets Minya, Godzilla's son. Using lessons he learned from Godzilla and Minya, the boy outwits and captures some thieves while also overcoming a bully in his real life.