King Ghidorah: Monster Zero - Part III is the third and final installment in the theatrical movie trilogy of the King Ghidorah: Monster Zero anime series.

Film Stats

Directed by
Kazuki Omori

Produced by
Shogo Togoyama
Thomas Tull
Tsuneyuki Morishima
George Lucas
Steven Speilberg

Written by
Kazuki Omori
Takao Okawara
Hiroshi Kashiwabara
Wataru Mimura

Based on
King Ghidorah: Monster Zero

Kōichi Yamadera
Minori Chihara
Shota Minami
Ai Sakawa
Takeshi Obayashi

Narrated by
Akira Takarada

Music by
Shoji Yamashiro
Reijiro Koroku

Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Peter Suschitzky

Edited by
Takeshi Seyama
Paul Hirsch

Production companies
Toho Company Limited
Legendary Pictures

Distributed by
Toho Company Limited
Warner Brothers Pictures

Release Dates
September 12, 2015 (Japan)
October 25, 2015 (US)

Running Time
150 minutes




Worldwide Box Office Gross


It is the year 1993. King Ghidorah, Megaguirus, Mogu, Gigan, Biollante, Hafun, MechaGodzilla, SpaceGodzilla, and Destoroyah are rampaging across the universe, leaving a swathe of destruction in their wake. Meanwhile, back at Earth, a duo of superpowerful creatures named Bagan and Gatanozoa arrive on Earth and launch the biggest invasion in Earth's history. Even Godzilla cannot hold back the assault and is captured.

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After achieving this final form, Grand King Ghidorah returns to duel Bagan and Gatanozoa one last time. In the epic battle that follows, the newly-empowered dragon proves to be a match for the combined forces of his two opponents, but this is not enough, and soon, Bagan and Gatanozoa take this to their advantage. But suddenly, Mogu and Megaguirus sweep in and fire off a massive sonic blast that stuns the two. Grand King Ghidorah then pulls of a final combo, fires a final attack, and kills his two enemies.

Now that he has achieved final victory and avenged his family, Grand King Ghidorah departs for parts unknown with his allies, and silently declares "I am King Ghidorah.


Character Seiyuu English voice actor
King Ghidorah/Grand King Ghidorah Kōichi Yamadera Andrew Jackson
Megaguirus Minori Chihara Mayrke Hendrikse
Mogu Shota Minami Spencer Klein
Gigan Hideo Ishiakwa Eric Stuart
Bagan Yoshio Tsuchiya Timothy Dalton
Gatanozoa Toru Ohira James Earl Jones
Gigamoth Takeshi Obayashi Ian McDiarmid
Narrator Akira Takarada Patrick Stewart



Box Office 

The movie grossed ¥6,400,000,000 at the box office, making it the highest-grossing Japanese-made Godzilla film in history.

Critical response

The film holds an 72% "Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. 

Video Release 

Criterion Collection (2015)

  • Region: Region 1
  • No. of discs: 3
  • Video Type: Blu-ray
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Other Features:
    • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
    • 5.1 Stereo audio track for both dubs
    • Audio commentary by the voice actors for the Ghidorah Empire of English and Japanese dub casts
    • Audio commentary featuring the scriptwriters of both dubs
    • Trio of Terror, a subtitled interview of Kōichi Yamadera, Minori Chihara, and Hideo Ishikawa where they discuss about the movie
    • 90-minute documentary on the making of the movie, King's Gamble: The Making of King Ghidorah: Monster Zero
    • Heineken commercials made on-set
    • Storyboard gallery
    • Theatrical trailers and teaser trailers
    • A booklet featuring a essays by Gareth Edwards and Tim Burton, an interview with Katsushiro Ōtomo by Stuart Gailbraith IV, interviews and liner notes by Reijiro Koroku and Shoji Yamashiro, and autographed storyboard sketches by Akira Toriyama
    • Steven Speilberg's appreciation video
    • The History of Anime on Film, a 74-minute documentary by Akira Toriyama and Katsushiro Ōtomo
    • A 30-minute documentary on the making of the series, The Birth of Terror
    • A 35-minute video piece reconstructing the movie using Akira Toriyama and Katsushiro Ōtomo's storyboards, called Storyboards of The King of Terror
    • Video interview with the English dub voice actors


  • King Ghidorah's last words in the film, which are "I am King Ghidorah." according to Shusuke Kaneko, are a homage to the last words spoken in the landmark 1988 anime film Akira, which are "I am Tetsuo." Interestingly, the movie was distributed by Toho.
  • The final battle is completely muted, with all sound removed save the soundtrack, until King Ghidorah deals the final blow. This is an Akira Kurosawa tribute, as Kurosawa had done the same thing for Ran (also released by Toho) during one scene which involved two armies setting fire to a castle while the all ambient sound is muted and the soundtrack is played over the scene.
  • There are some Star Wars references in the story. Of note, Gatanozoa and Gigamoth are played by James Earl Jones and Ian McDiarmid, who played Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
    • Also, Toru Ohira, Gatanozoa's seiyuu, is also the voice actor for Vader in the Japanese dub of Star Wars.
  • Influences for the movie included the first draft of The Return of Godzilla (which was the very first mention of Bagan in any medium), the SNES game Super Godzilla (the first real appearance of Bagan), and other scrapped story ideas.

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