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Godzilla Films
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Godzilla Resurgence
GODZILLA: Monster Planet
Toho Company, Limited Monster Movie
Japanese poster for Godzilla Resurgence
Godzilla Resurgence
Directed by Produced by
Shinji Higuchi,
Hideaki Anno[1]
Minami Ichikawa,
Taichi Ueda,
Yoshihiro Sato,
Masaya Shibusawa,
Kazutoshi Wadakura,
Akihiro Yamauchi (Executive)
Written by Music by
Hideaki Anno[1] Shiro Sagisu[2],
Akira Ifukube[3]
Distributed by Rating
TohoJP
Funimation FilmsUS[4]
UnratedUS
Budget Box Office
To be added ¥7,714,846,800
(Japanese Earnings So Far)
$1,918,403
(U.S.)
Running Time
120 minutes
(2 hours) 
Designs Used
ShinGoji

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"Shin Godzilla" redirects here. For the Godzilla incarnation, see Godzilla/2016.
Reality (Japan) vs. Fiction (Godzilla). (現実 (ニッポン) 対 虚構 (ゴジラ)。) „ 

— Japanese tagline

A god incarnate. A city doomed. „ 

— English tagline

Godzilla Resurgence (シン・ゴジラ,   Shin Gojira?, lit. New Godzilla), also released as Shin Godzilla, is a 2016 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film co-produced by Toho and Cine Bazar, and the 29th installment in the Godzilla series.[5][6] It was released to Japanese theaters on July 29, 2016, and to American theaters on October 11, 2016.

Description

Funimation's official North American synopsis for the film:

"Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen—Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.

It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes."[7]

Plot

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One morning, the Japan Coast Guard comes aboard an abandoned yacht called the Glory-Maru in Tokyo Bay. The craft's owner is nowhere to be found, and all that remains on the boat are a few folders, a piece of origami and a pair of shoes. Suddenly, the boat begins to shake as a huge cloud of steam erupts from the bay. A leak opens in the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, causing a strange red fluid to pour in. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi learns of the disaster and discusses it with his colleague, Yusuke Shimura. Shimura informs him that a meeting will be held to discuss the ongoing disaster, and that the Prime Minister will be arriving shortly. When the meeting begins, government officials determine that the cause of the incident in the bay was likely either an earthquake or an underwater volcanic eruption, despite no previous tectonic or volcanic activity being recorded in the area. Yaguchi, after monitoring videos of the incident filmed by eyewitnesses, proposes that some sort of giant creature is behind it. The other officials do not take Yaguchi seriously and dismiss his claims, then call for an all-Cabinet meeting. During the meeting, Cabinet officials discuss measures that will be taken to address the disaster, until they are told to turn on the television and look at the news. After turning on the TV, they witness footage of a colossal tail rising from the bay, confirming Yaguchi's earlier proposal. The Prime Minister immediately arranges a meeting with university biologists to determine what kind of creature the tail belongs to, while Yaguchi takes matters into his own hands and has Shimura call his college friend Hiromi Ogashira, a low-ranking official from the Ministry of the Environment, to provide a more concise analysis of the monster. When the Prime Minister reconvenes with the rest of the government officials, Ogashira explains that the creature appears to have both gills and fin-like legs, meaning it could come on land. Other officials tell the Prime Minister that the creature's legs would collapse under its weight if it came ashore. The Prime Minister decides to hold a press conference to calm the public, then dons a blue emergency uniform and leaves.

Meanwhile, the creature exits the bay and begins swimming up a river into Tokyo, destroying boats and bridges as it swims. At the press conference, the Prime Minister assures the press that there is no risk of the monster coming ashore, only to be informed by an aide that the creature has surfaced. The monster, walking clumsily on its two hind legs, comes ashore in Kamata in the Ota Ward, smashing cars and destroying buildings as it waddles through the street. The Prime Minister reconvenes with the other officials, and is urged to make a decision to allow the Self-Defense Forces to attack the creature. The Prime Minister states that such an action is unprecedented, and he is not keen on mobilizing the country for war. But as the monster continues rampaging through Kamata and approaching Shinagawa, the Prime Minister reluctantly gives the order to mobilize attack helicopters against it. Helicopters are launched from Chiba and fly to Shinagawa to engage the monster. Suddenly, the creature stops moving and falls flat onto the ground. Then, it begins to evolve, sprouting tiny arms and standing upright on its hind legs before emitting a deafening roar. The monster continues walking through Shinagawa, and is confronted by the helicopters. The order is given to fire, and the pilots begin aiming their weapons at the creature. However, they are told to hold their fire at the last second, as civilians are still present in the area. When asked if the helicopters can fire, the Prime Minister orders the operation to be aborted. The monster's dorsal plates begin glowing red and giving off steam, and it roars loudly before dropping back to a horizontal stance and running back into the ocean.

Later, numerous officials including Yaguchi visit the ruins of an area destroyed by the monster. They lament the devastation before one minister and his aides leave to go meet the press. Yaguchi remains behind and prays silently before slowly walking away. At the Prime Minister's residence, Yaguchi assembles a team of low-level bureaucrats and government outcasts to determine a way to combat the monster if it ever comes ashore again. Initially, the team ponders how the creature is able to sustain itself given its huge size, to which Ogashira postulates that it derives its energy from nuclear fission. Following some analysis of the monster's path of destruction, it is discovered that it leaves radiation in its wake, confirming Ogashira's hypothesis. A special envoy from the President of the United States, Japanese-American Kayoco Anne Patterson, arranges a meeting with Yaguchi and offers an arrangement to help both governments. She states that if Yaguchi can provide her with information on a missing biologist named Goro Maki, she has been authorized by her government to give him more information about the creature. Yaguchi's sources eventually uncover information about Maki, a disgraced Japanese professor who was employed by the American Department of Energy after being exiled from Japan. Maki's yacht, the Glory-Maru was found abandoned in Tokyo Bay right before the incident in the Aqua Line, with Maki apparently having committed suicide. Yaguchi presents the information to Kayoco, who in return provides him with a file from Maki's notes about the monster, which he named "Godzilla," meaning "incarnation of God" on Maki's home of Odo Island. Yaguchi brings the new information to his team for them to analyze. They learn that Maki was studying nuclear waste dumped into the Pacific Ocean by the United States about 60 years ago. Godzilla was apparently the result of an ancient sea creature becoming surrounded by this nuclear waste and rapidly adapting to withstand it. The team eventually concludes that the reason Godzilla returned to the ocean was because the nuclear fission in his body produces a tremendous amount of heat, and he needed water to keep his body temperature under control. They then determine that Godzilla must possess a blood cooling system as well, and that theoretically they could force it to perform a reactor scram to stay alive by injecting it with a blood coagulant and freezing it. Yaguchi tells the various team members to prepare an operation to freeze Godzilla, tentatively titled the "Yaguchi Plan."

Godzilla suddenly surfaces at Kamakura, south of Tokyo, now grown nearly twice as large. Godzilla begins to walk onto land and approach Tokyo again. The Prime Minister is urged to mobilize the Self-Defense Forces again, and finally gives the order. Several Type 10 Tanks are lined up next to a river to form a secondary line of defense, while multiple AH-64 Apache helicopters are launched to attack Godzilla first. As Godzilla nears Tokyo, the choppers fly in front of him. The Prime Minister finally gives the order to fire, and the choppers fire their autocannons at Godzilla. The bullets simply bounce off of Godzilla's face, and the monster does not even seem to notice and keeps walking. The choppers fire 30mm chain gun rounds at Godzilla, but they fail to injure him as well. The pilots ask for permission to fire rockets at Godzilla, but the Prime Minister is hesitant. The Minister of Defense, Reiko Hanamori, tells the Prime Minister that he has no choice, and he decides to grant permission. The choppers fire their rockets at Godzilla, and they too fail to faze him. As Godzilla continues to approach the river, the tanks are ordered to open fire on Godzilla and aim for his head and legs. Self-propelled howitzers open fire on Godzilla as well, but they too are unable to halt him. Fighter jets fly overhead and drop bombs onto Godzilla, seemingly causing him to turn around. The JSDF and government believe the bombs are working, and order the planes to drop more bombs and finish Godzilla. The bombs hit Godzilla and create a huge cloud of smoke. Suddenly, a bridge is flung out of the smoke cloud and crushes several tanks. Godzilla walks out of the smoke cloud completely unharmed and continues approaching Tokyo.

As night falls, Godzilla is getting closer and closer to the heart of Tokyo. The Prime Minister is informed that the American military has sent B-2 stealth bombers armed with Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bombs to attack Godzilla. With the Prime Minister's residence laying in Godzilla's path, he is urged to evacuate along with his highest-ranking Cabinet officials. The Prime Minister is reluctant to evacuate, but Yaguchi tells him that he is too important to risk his life and needs to escape now. Yaguchi tells the other officials that he and the lower-ranking bureaucrats will escape in cars, then leaves. While the Prime Minister and his Cabinet are being loaded into helicopters on the roof, Yaguchi and his colleagues find themselves caught in a huge traffic jam. Realizing that the American bombing strike will take place soon, Yaguchi decides to exit the car and warn the civilians. After Yaguchi exits the car, he hears thundering footsteps and looks over the nearby buildings to see Godzilla walking past. Yaguchi and the civilians run into the subway tunnels, while the B-2 bombers fly overhead and drop their MOP bombs onto Godzilla. Several bombs strike the top of Godzilla's back, blasting off some of his dorsal plates and drawing a large amount of blood. Godzilla roars out in pain and looks down at the ground. His dorsal plates begin to emit a purple glow, which spreads across the rest of his body. Godzilla unhinges his jaw and his lower jaw splits in half, revealing a purple glow coming from his throat. Godzilla begins spewing a black smoke from his mouth onto the streets below, which spreads across all of Tokyo. The black smoke coming from Godzilla's mouth then ignites into a gout of flame, which produces a gigantic fireball that blows up huge sections of the city. The fire condenses even further into a thin purple laser, which Godzilla aims up into the air, causing it to completely destroy one of the bombers. As Kayoco evacuates the city with the American ambassador in a car, she overhears that one of the bombers was destroyed. The ambassador exclaims that it is impossible, while Kayoco simply remarks that Godzilla is truly a god incarnate. The other bombers circle back and prepare to attack Godzilla again, dropping more MOPs onto his back. Godzilla closes his mouth and stops firing his atomic breath, then suddenly unleashes several purple beams from in between his dorsal plates. These beams shoot up into the sky, destroying the bombs and the bombers. Godzilla opens his mouth again and fires his atomic breath, slicing several skyscrapers in half and blowing up the helicopter holding the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Godzilla allows the beam to turn back into fire, setting the ruins of Tokyo ablaze before it is extinguished altogether. Godzilla continues walking through the city before stopping near a train station, where his body ceases glowing and he seemingly freezes in place.

The next morning, Tokyo is in ruins and the government is in shambles, with the Prime Minister and the next several in line to succeed him all dead. Yaguchi emerges from the subway tunnels and is escorted to a building where some remaining bureaucrats are. After hearing about the death of the Cabinet, Yaguchi loses his temper and screams at the others not to go to pieces now and instead make due with those who have survived. Yaguchi calms down and apologizes, then decides to get his team back together to resume work on the Yaguchi Plan. Meanwhile, the Japanese Parliament convenes and names Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yusuke Satomi as the interim Prime Minister. Yaguchi meets with the remaining members of his team and expresses his condolences for all who were lost, but expresses the increased importance of their work now. The team immediately resumes working on the Yaguchi Plan and studying Godzilla and potential ways to defeat him. A reconnaissance team in the ruins of Tokyo has discovered one of Godzilla's severed dorsal plates and that it is seemingly regenerating on its own and could potentially become a functioning organism. At this rate, one member of Yaguchi's team suggests that Godzilla could propagate all over the world, or even evolve wings for intercontinental flight. Unfortunately for Yaguchi's team, they are unable to synthesize a coagulant that can affect Godzilla, and are unable to interpret molecular diagrams of Godzilla found with Maki's notes. Yaguchi meets with Kayoco again, and learns from her that the American government, fearing that Godzilla could spread around the world and possibly land on the west coast of the U.S., has decided to launch a nuclear strike against Godzilla while he is dormant in Tokyo. Japan will have two weeks to evacuate Tokyo and the surrounding areas, after which the strike will be delivered, one day before Godzilla is expected to resume activity. Kayoco reveals that her grandmother lived through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and she is unwilling to see another nuclear bomb dropped on the country of her ancestors. Yaguchi meets with Akasaka, telling him to do something to delay or prevent the nuclear strike. Akasaka says that the United Nations security council has approved the strike and that other nations will assist Japan in rebuilding the city after the strike. Yaguchi tells Akasaka that his team is making progress with their plan to freeze Godzilla, but Akasaka insists that a nuclear strike is the only way to certainly destroy Godzilla.

Luckily, Yaguchi's team has a breakthrough with their work. They discover that when folding the molecular blueprints of Godzilla, they can visualize how his cells metabolize radiation. They determine that Godzilla's cells can metabolize radiation in the presence of water and oxygen. The team concludes that they can inhibit the activity of Godzilla's cellular membranes, allowing the coagulant to take effect. The plan is immediately fast-tracked, while Yaguchi gets approval from Prime Minister Satomi to enact it. Yaguchi meets with the Chief of Staff, Masao Zaizen, and discusses final preparations for the plan. When Zaizen asks what the plan will be formally called, Yaguchi decides on the name Operation Yashiori, after the sake that was used to defeat Orochi in Japanese mythology. Meanwhile, Kayoco meets with the American ambassador, who questions her support of Yaguchi's plan. He warns Kayoco that she is putting both the political reputation of her family and her future political career in jeopardy, but she simply responds that Japan is banking on the strategy succeeding. The ambassador shakes Kayoco's hand and wishes her good luck as she leaves to go help Yaguchi with Operation Yashiori. Kayoco meets with Yaguchi and offers him the support of several U.S. drones for the operation. Yaguchi says the drones won't come back in one piece, and Kayoco simply jokes that she will bill the Japanese government later. Yaguchi's colleagues manage to get France to convince the U.N. Security Council to delay the nuclear strike, buying time for Operation Yashiori to take place. With all preparations completed, Yaguchi addresses all of the men and women taking place in Operation Yashiori. He warns them of the dangers involved, but promises them that the future of Japan is in their hands.

Yaguchi and several others stand on top of a skyscraper overlooking Godzilla, and give the order to initiate Operation Yashiori. Trains loaded with explosives are rammed into Godzilla's legs, causing him to awaken. The American drones fly overhead and launch rockets at Godzilla, prompting him to fire his atomic breath. As the drones are destroyed wave by wave, Godzilla's atomic energy wanes. Suddenly, the purple glow runs up to the tip of Godzilla's tail and an atomic beam is fired from its tip. Godzilla fires his atomic breath, back beams and tail beam until his atomic energy is depleted. At that moment, skyscrapers surrounding Godzilla are blown up by explosives, causing them to topple onto him and pin him to the ground. With Godzilla immobilized, several trucks drive up to his head and extend tubes into his mouth. The trucks begin pumping the coagulant into Godzilla's mouth. Godzilla begins to stir and fires an atomic beam from his mouth, obliterating all of the trucks. Godzilla rises back to his feet and begins approaching the train tracks again. Several more unmanned E231 and E233 series trains are sent ramming into Godzilla, snaking up his body and exploding. The explosions knock Godzilla back to the ground, where a second team of trucks arrives and pumps the remainder of the coagulant into his mouth. Godzilla bites down on the tubes and rises back to his feet. His dorsal plates begin glowing purple again, and he emits a deafening roar before he instantly freezes solid. Temperature readings show that Godzilla's core temperature has been reduced to -196 degrees Celsius, making the operation a success. Everyone across Japan breathes a sigh of relief, with Akasaka remarking that Yaguchi had only two hours to spare.

In the aftermath of Operation Yashiori, Yaguchi meets with Kayoco on a rooftop with the frozen Godzilla visible in the distance. Yaguchi states his intention to help rebuild the Japanese government correctly and help his country learn to coexist with Godzilla. Kayoco remarks that Yaguchi will make a good Japanese counterpart for her when she becomes President of the United States one day, to which he replies that she must mean her Japanese puppet. Kayoco mentions that when Godzilla resumes moving, the American government will resume the countdown to the nuclear strike. If anything, Yaguchi has just delayed the inevitable. Yaguchi expresses hope that he will be able to prevent that scenario once again. After Kayoco walks away, Yaguchi looks back at Godzilla, saying that things are still far from settled.

As Godzilla stands frozen in the ruins of Tokyo, several smaller skeletal humanoids with Godzilla's teeth and dorsal plates can be seen emerging from the tip of his tail.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hiroki Hasegawa   as   Rando Yaguchi, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Yutaka Takenouchi   as   Hideki Akasaka, Aide to the Prime Minister
  • Satomi Ishihara   as   Kayoco Anne Patterson, Special Envoy for the President of the United States
  • Ren Osugi   as   Prime Minister Seiji Okouchi
  • Akira Emoto   as   Ryuta Azuma, Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Kengo Kora   as   Yusuke Shimura, Executive Secretary to Chief Cabinet Deputy Secretary
  • Mikako Ichikawa   as   Hiromi Ogashira, Ministry of the Environment Bureaucrat
  • Jun Kunimura   as   Masao Zaizen, Integrated Chief of Staff
  • Pierre Taki   as   Saigo, Taba Strategy Combat Leader
  • Kimiko Yo   as   Reiko Hanamori, Minister of Defense
  • Sei Hiraizumi   as   Yusuke Satomi, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Kenichi Yajima   as   Kunihiko Yanagihara, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • Akira Hamada   as   Jun Kono, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
  • Toru Tezuka   as   Goro Sekiguchi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Arata Furuta   as   Sawaguchi, National Police Agency Commissioner-General
  • Moro Morooka   as   Honbu, National Police Agency Criminal Investigation Bureau Director
  • Tetsu Watanabe   as   Koriyama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management
  • Taro Suwa   as   Disaster Prevention Division Director
  • Ken Mitsuishi   as   Kozuka, Tokyo Governor
  • Takashi Fujiki   as   Kawamata, Tokyo Deputy Governor
  • Kyusaku Shimada   as   Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureaucrat Official
  • Kanji Tsuda   as   Fumiya Mori, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Bureaucrat
  • Kazuo Takahashi   as   Yasuda, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Bureaucrat
  • Yu Kamio   as   Foreign Ministry Official
  • Toru Nomaguchi   as   Tachikawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Official
  • Satoshi Matsuo   as   Shuichi Izumi, Vice Chairman of the Policy Affairs Research Council for the LDP
  • Shinya Tsukamoto   as   Ma, Johoku University Associate Professor of Biosphere Science
  • Kazuo Hara   as   Biologist
  • Isshin Inudo   as   Paleontologist
  • Akira Ogata   as   Marine Biologist
  • Takumi Saito   as   Ikeda, JSDF Official
  • Atsuko Maeda   as   Refugee
  • Ren Mori   as   Refugee
  • Shingo Tsurumi   as   Yajima, Joint Staff Deputy
  • KREVA   as   Murasaki, JSDF Official

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Jun Hashimoto   as   Miki, JSDF Official
  • Hairi Katagiri   as   Prime Minister's Office Staffer
  • Matsuo Suzuki   as   Journalist
  • Kawase Yota   as   Journalist
  • Takahiro Miura   as   Journalist
  • Ikuji Nakamura   as   Koji Kanai, Cabinet Office Minister of State for Special Missions
  • Keisuke Koide   as   Fire Brigade Captain
  • Kosei Kato   as   National Police Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel
  • Shohei Abe   as   Fire and Disaster Management Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel
  • Daisuke Kuroda   as   Negishi, Nuclear Regulatory Agency Staffer
  • Mansai Nomura   as   Godzilla (Motion capture)[8]
  • Kihachi Okamoto   as   Goro Maki (Photo double)

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Production

Main article: Godzilla Resurgence/Development.

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla Resurgence/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla Resurgence (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • New Godzilla (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Real Godzilla (Alternate Translation)
  • God Godzilla (Alternate Translation)
  • Shin Godzilla (North America, Australia and New Zealand)
  • True Godzilla (真·哥斯拉, Hong Kong)
  • Authentic Godzilla (正宗哥吉拉, Taiwan)
  • Godzilla Resurges (Godzilla Resurge; Mexico)

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.

  • Japan - July 29, 2016   [view poster]Japanese teaser poster
  • United States - October 11, 2016[9]   [view poster]American poster
  • Taiwan - August 12, 2016[10]
  • Hong Kong - August 25, 2016[11]
  • Singapore - August 25, 2016   [view poster]Singaporean poster
  • Philippines - August 31, 2016[12]   [view poster]Filipino poster
  • Thailand - September 8, 2016[13]   [view poster]Thai poster
  • Canada - October 12, 2016[14]
  • Australia - October 13, 2016[15]   [view poster]Australian poster
  • New Zealand - October 20, 2016[15]
  • Mexico - January 13, 2017[16]   [view poster]Mexican poster
  • South Korea - March 9, 2017[17]  [view poster]South Korean poster

Foreign Releases

Toho has stated in a press release that it intends to release Godzilla Resurgence in over 100 countries and territories worldwide.

U.S. Release

American Shin Godzilla poster

Godzilla Resurgence was announced to be distributed in North, Central and South America by Funimation Films, who previously distributed Toho's live-action Attack on Titan films there. Funimation has acquired the theatrical, home video, video-on-demand and broadcast rights to the film, and stated its plans to release it in late 2016.[4] At Toho's insistence, the film was released in the Americas under the English title Shin Godzilla, a direct translation of the Japanese title, rather than under its international title Godzilla Resurgence.[18] The film was released in a limited theatrical run in the United States from October 11-18, 2016 and in Canada on October 12, 19 and 24, and played in over 440 theaters between the two countries. In addition, Funimation hosted early premieres of the film ahead of the theatrical release, the first on October 3 in Los Angeles and the second on October 5 in New York.[19] The film was presented in its original Japanese language with English subtitles.[7] Due to the film's relatively impressive performance at the North American box office and positive reception from fans and critics, Funimation extended its theatrical run in select cities until October 27, and also held a special matinee screening of the film on October 22 in over 200 theaters across the United States and Canada.[20]

Box Office

Godzilla Resurgence was the top-grossing film in the Japanese box office during its opening weekend, earning 625 million yen (about U.S. $6.1 million) and beating out Finding Dory and ONE PIECE FILM GOLD.[21] According to Toho's official Twitter page for the Godzilla franchise, as of Monday August 1, Godzilla Resurgence had sold 710,000 tickets since its opening on July 29 and earned 1 billion yen (about U.S. $9.89 million), already almost equaling the total box office gross of Godzilla: Final Wars. With this, Toho's Godzilla series has officially sold 100 million tickets in Japan (not counting the two American films), a first for a Japanese live-action film series.[22] The film retained the top spot in the Japanese box office the following weekend, and as of August 7 had already earned a total of 2.2 billion yen (U.S. $19.6 million), and was now projected to earn upwards of the initial expected gross of U.S. $40 million.[23] On September 5, Toho revealed that Godzilla Resurgence had earned a total of 6,017,239,800 yen (about U.S. $58.18 million) in the 38 days since its July 29 theatrical release. With this, Godzilla Resurgence officially became the highest-grossing live-action Japanese film of 2016 so far. After coming in first place in the Japanese box office for its first two weeks, the film dropped only to second place on its third week and third on its fifth week.[24] Cinema Today reported that as of September 7, Godzilla Resurgence had sold 4.2 million tickets and achieved a higher attendance than any of Toho's Godzilla films from the Heisei and Millennium series, and was the most-attended Godzilla film in Japan in 50 years, almost equaling the attendance of 1966's Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.[25] As of October 12, Godzilla Resurgence has grossed a total of 7,714,846,800 yen in Japan, and has accumulated an attendance of 5,314,948.[26]

In the United States, as of October 27, Shin Godzilla grossed $1,890,156 since the start of its limited release on October 11, ranking it at #10 at the American box office on its first two days and #15 on the third. In three days, Shin Godzilla had already grossed more in its North American theatrical release than the two Attack on Titan films did during their entire American theatrical runs combined.[27][28] Due to its profitable box office performance after a week, Funimation extended Shin Godzilla's theatrical run until October 27 in select cities, while some theaters continued showing the film into early November.

Reception

Godzilla Resurgence has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from Japanese critics. Pop culture site RO65 praised the film as a "masterpiece of unprecedented filmmaking." ORICON STYLE praised the film's realistic style and described it as a true "world-class" Japanese Godzilla film. Cinema Today echoed the sentiments of other reviewers and also described the film as a masterpiece, comparing it to 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake as a return to form and an accurate depiction of modern society dealing with a horrific crisis.[29] The film currently holds a 3.88 rating (out of 5) on Yahoo! Eiga.[30]

Godzilla Resurgence received ten nominations in the upcoming Japanese Academy Prize, by far the most in the series. It was nominated for Picture of the Year, Director of the Year (encompassing both Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Hiroki Hasegawa), Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (both Satomi Ishihara and Mikako Ichikawa), Outstanding Achievement in Music (Shiro Sagisu), Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Kōsuke Yamada), Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Takayuki Kawabe), Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Yuji Hayashida and Eri Sakushima), Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Jun Nakamura and Haru Yamada), and Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Hideaki Anno and Atsuki Sato).[31]

In the United States, as of January 16, Godzilla Resurgence has gathered an 87% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 39 reviews.[32]

Awards

Co-director Hideaki Anno won Kinema Junpo’s prize for best screenwriter while the film itself was ranked number two in Kinema Junpo Magazine's top 10 films of 2016.[33]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
90th Kinema Junpo Awards[33] Best Screenwriter Hideaki Anno Won
38th Yokohama Film Festival[34] Special Grand Prize Hideaki Anno Won
59th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Film Shin Godzilla Won
71st Mainichi Film Awards[35][36] Best Film Shin Godzilla Won
Best Supporting Actress Mikako Ichikawa Won
Best Art Direction Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakushima Won
11th Asian Film Awards[37] Best Visual Effects Tetsuo Ohya pending
Best Sound Jun Nakamura pending
40th Japan Academy Awards[38] Picture of the Year Shin Godzilla Won
Director of the Year Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi Won
Best Actor Hiroki Hasegawa Lost
Best Supporting Actress Satomi Ishihara Lost
Mikako Ichikawa Lost
Best Music Shirou Sagisu Lost
Best Cinematography Kousuke Yamada Won
Best Art Direction Yuji Hayashida & Eri Sakushima Won
Best Lighting Direction Takayuki Kawabe Won
Best Sound Recording Jun Nakamura & Haru Yamada Won
Best Film Editing Hideaki Anno & Atsuki Sato Won
43rd Annual Saturn Awards Best International Film Release Shin Godzilla pending

Video Releases

Toho DVD/Blu-ray/UHD+Blu-ray (2017)

  • Region: 2 (DVD) or N/A (Blu-ray and UHD)
  • Discs: 2 (DVD and Blu-ray) or 3 (Special Edition Blu-ray) or 4 (UHD + Blu-ray)
  • Audio: Japanese (3.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital for DVD, 3.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio for Blu-ray and UHD)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Trailers, promos, and TV spots (27 minutes); footage from promotional events (113 minutes); previsualization and storyboards (28 minutes); additional previsualization and tokusatsu footage (20 minutes); alternate and deleted scenes (45 minutes), TV footage shot for the film (35 minutes); VFX breakdown (18 minutes); general behind-the-scenes featurette (31 minutes)
  • Notes: All special features except the trailer reel and premiere/screening footage are exclusive to the three-disc and four-disc sets.

Happy DVD/Blu-ray (2017)

  • Region: 3 (DVD); N/A (Blu-ray)
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese, Thai (5.1 Surround for DVD, DTS-HD 5.1 for Blu-ray)
  • Subtitles: Thai
  • Special Features: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes, trailer (all Blu-ray exclusive)

Videos

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Trivia

  • This is the first Toho-produced Godzilla film since Terror of Mechagodzilla to be released in a month other than December.
  • The almost 12-year gap between Godzilla: Final Wars and this film is the longest-ever period of time between the release of two Toho Godzilla films, passing the previous record set by the hiatus between Terror of Mechagodzilla and The Return of Godzilla by nearly three years.
  • This film's trailer features the classic "TohoScope" logo in the opening, which was featured in all of Toho's widescreen films from 1957 to 1964, as well as in Godzilla: Final Wars.
  • This film's supporting cast includes numerous veteran actors from Toho kaiju films, including Akira Emoto, who played Akira Yuki in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, and Jun Kunimura, who played EDF Major Komuro in Godzilla: Final Wars and Kubal in Toho's Attack on Titan films, which Shinji Higuchi also directed.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is the first Toho Godzilla film to not feature actor Koichi Ueda in a role since The Return of Godzilla.
  • This is the first Toho Godzilla film since The Return of Godzilla and first Godzilla film overall since TriStar Pictures' GODZILLA to not feature Godzilla battling another monster.
  • This is the first Godzilla film where Godzilla is not confirmed to be a type of reptile and his origin is unconnected to nuclear testing. Rather, in this film Godzilla is an unspecified type of prehistoric sea creature that was mutated by feeding on nuclear waste located on the ocean floor.
  • Several sound effects from the Showa Godzilla films are used in this film, including the explosion sound effects and most of Godzilla's roars. The sound effect used for Godzilla's atomic breath once it concentrates into a purple beam is actually the same sound effect as Destoroyah's Micro-Oxygen beam.
  • Akira Ifukube, who passed away in 2006, is credited as one of the composers of this film's soundtrack, along with Shiro Sagisu. The film's score includes some of Ifukube's compositions from the scores of the original Godzilla, Battle in Outer Space, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Terror of Mechagodzilla and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is the first Toho Godzilla film to not be produced by either Tomoyuki Tanaka or Shogo Tomiyama.
  • This film marks the first Toho Godzilla film in which Godzilla is portrayed primarily via computer-generated imagery rather than suitmation. It also marks the second time Godzilla has been portrayed via motion capture. (T.J. Storm also portrayed Godzilla through motion capture in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.)
  • This is the first film in which Godzilla is the antagonist since Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. in 2003.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is the first Toho Godzilla film since Godzilla 2000: Millennium to receive a theatrical release in North America.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is also only the second Toho Godzilla film to be released in Japanese and American theaters in the same year, the other being Mothra vs. Godzilla.
  • The name of the missing zoologist who discovered Godzilla in this film is Goro Maki. Goro Maki was the name of major characters in the films Son of Godzilla and The Return of Godzilla, who were both newspaper reporters.
    • Maki's home in this film is Odo Island, the island where Godzilla first made landfall in the original Godzilla film. Maki even names Godzilla after a mythological being from Odo Island folklore, which was the origin of Godzilla's name in the original film as well.
  • The day Godzilla first makes landfall in this film is said to be November 3, the release date of the original Godzilla movie.
    • It is also stated in the film that the nuclear waste that spawned Godzilla was dumped into the ocean approximately 60 years ago. The original Godzilla was released almost 62 years before Godzilla Resurgence.
  • The well-known Japanese film director Shinya Tsukamoto appears in this film as a biologist.
  • Late Japanese film director Kihachi Okamoto appears as a photo double for Goro Maki in this film.
  • Godzilla Resurgence is the first Godzilla film since The Return of Godzilla to lack a pre-title sequence.
  • One of the boats upended by Godzilla's second form in this film is named Mighty Jack, after a 1968 television show produced by Tsuburaya Productions.

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References

This is a list of references for Godzilla Resurgence. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Godzilla 2016 Writer/Director and SFX Director Confirmed - Oricon
  2. Movie Lineup - Godzilla: Resurgence - Toho.co.jp
  3. 3.0 3.1 Godzilla: Resurgence Soundtrack - Billboard Japan
  4. 4.0 4.1 Exclusive! FUNimation Licenses GODZILLA RESURGENCE - SciFi Japan
  5. Japanese Godzilla Returns! - Godzilla.jp
  6. AFM-Godzilla-Resurgence.jpg
  7. 7.0 7.1 Shin Godzilla : FUNimation Films
  8. Identity of Godzilla's Motion Capture Actor Revealed as Mansai Nomura - Nikkan Sports
  9. American Shin Godzilla Poster.jpg
  10. Shin Godzilla - Catchplay Theatrical
  11. Hong Kong Trailer
  12. Godzilla: Resurgence Showing In The Philippines Starting Aug. 31 - Movie News Guide
  13. Godzilla: Resurgence coming on September 8 - Sahamongkolfilm on Twitter
  14. Shin Godzilla to Screen in Canada on October 12, 19, 24 - Anime News Network
  15. 15.0 15.1 SHIN GODZILLA Stomps on Australian and New Zealand Cinemas in October - SciFi Japan
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  17. SHIN GODZILLA Korean Release Update - SciFi Japan]
  18. SHIN GODZILLA Press Release from Funimation Films - SciFi Japan
  19. "SHIN GODZILLA" STOMPS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS OCTOBER - FUNimation Blog
  20. SHIN GODZILLA Extends Run with Encore Saturday Matinee and Screenings in Select Cities thru October 27 -SciFi Japan
  21. Shin Godzillais first-place in the box office on its opening weekend! Second-place is Finding Dory - Yahoo!.jp
  22. Toho's 29 Godzilla Films Have Sold Over 100 Million Tickets in Japan - Anime News Network
  23. Japan Box Office: 'Shin Godzilla' Roars to Second Weekend Win - Variety
  24. Shin Godzilla Earns 6 Billion Yen in 38 Days - Anime News Network
  25. Shin Godzilla overtakes the attendance of the Heisei series! 4.2 million people in attendance - Cinema Today
  26. Japan Weekend Box Office, October 12, 2016 - Cinema Today
  27. Shin Godzilla - Box Office Mojo
  28. Attack on Titan - Box Office Mojo
  29. D.B., Jon (July 26, 2016). "The First Japanese Reviews For "SHIN GOJIRA" Are In: Hailed As A Masterpiece". SKREEONK!: The Kaiju Fan Network. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  30. Shin Godzilla (2016) - Yahoo! Eiga
  31. your name., Shin Godzilla Earn Japan Academy Prize Nods
  32. Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes
  33. 33.0 33.1 Schley, Matt (January 11, 2017). In This Corner of the World, Shin Godzilla Top Major Magazine’s 2016 List. Otaku USA. Retrieved on January 15, 2017.
  34. 第38回ヨコハマ映画祭 (Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved on January 4, 2017.
  35. 毎日映画コンクールで「シン・ゴジラ」が大賞ほか3冠獲得,「君の名は。」は2冠. Natalie. Retrieved on January 18, 2017.
  36. Mainichi Film Awards Picks "Shin Godzilla" as Best Japanese Film of 2016. Crunchyroll. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  37. 11th Asian Film Awards – Nominees 2017. Asian Film Festivals. Retrieved on January 17, 2017.
  38. Neuwirth, Aaron (January 17, 2017). Shin Godzilla Nominated For Best Picture in Japanese Academy Awards. Screen Rant. Retrieved on January 17, 2017.

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SkullIsland

7 days ago
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Multiple sources are saying there's a sequel called Shin Evangelion
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Deathrock9

7 days ago
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Most likely will not happen.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

7 days ago
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Mistranslation. Announcement was referring to Evangelion 4.0 and the next Godzilla movie (i.e. the anime).
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SkullIsland

7 days ago
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Well now I know those sites are unreliable
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Godzilla vs Gipsy Danger

25 days ago
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What era is this?
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Deathrock9

24 days ago
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It isn't part of any era so far so some fans are saying it's Post-Millennium or Post-Heisei.
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MosuFan2004

one month ago
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I used to hate this movie so much, now i realized how STUPID I was. This movie is awesome, I still like G14 more but this is still awesome!!!
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Toolen

2 months ago
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Should we change the name of the article? It seems that most people refer to this film as Shin Godzilla, and it was released under this title in the Americas. Was the film released in any region under the title Godzilla: Resurgence, or was it released in all regions under the title of Shin Godzilla? If the latter is true, we should probably change the article's name.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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Unless Toho says otherwise, Resurgence is still the movie's international English title. It was released in the Philippines under that title, and the upcoming Mexican release's title is derived from it. Toho eventually asked distributors to start releasing it as Shin Godzilla, in my opinion most likely to avoid association with Independence Day: Resurgence and potentially due to greater confidence in the film's marketability, but as far as we know the international title is still Resurgence.
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Kaiju4EVER

2 months ago
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My local movie theaters was holding this movie, but it was only on the 18th. I was lucky enough to see the film that day.
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Kaijuuuuuuuu1

3 months ago
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How was Godzilla's 2nd form made? like cgi or what?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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All of Godzilla's forms in the movie are portrayed through CGI.
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Kaijuuuuuuuu1

3 months ago
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Thanks.
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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First form:CGI; Second form:CGI; Third form:CGI; fourth form:mostly CGI; fifth form:Model
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Magara M&E

3 months ago
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Science behind shin Godzilla

http://mykai...in-godzilla/
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Spinocroc123

3 months ago
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if he's not a reptile, then what is he? a fish? an amphibian?
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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The Godzilla/2016 page describes him as a 'Mutated Prehistoric Marine Animal' that 'found itself surrounded by nuclear waste on the sea floor in the 1950s and rapidly adapted to withstand it.'
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Spinocroc123

3 months ago
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but what order of marine animal? if it's not a reptile.
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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What kind of animal he was is never revealed. Given the characteristics of his earlier forms, it's very possible he was some kind of fish. All the film says is he was a prehistoric sea animal.
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Ryanhussain14

3 months ago
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What happened to Godzilla being a conglomerate of microorganisms.
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Aggression25

2 months ago
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He's a prehistoric sea creature, possibly a chimera between a reptile and an amphibian organism.
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Spinocroc123

2 months ago
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He originally had gills and fins, something common in fish, rare in amphibians and completely missing in reptiles. Hes likely a species of fish.
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Gman2887

2 months ago
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The King of the Monsters,

Do you know or remember where specifically the mistranslated information came from?
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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From what I remember, it surfaced on multiple sites online promptly after the film premiered in Japan, usually as accounts and blogs from Western fans who had just seen the film. I know places like the Toho Kingdom forums at the very least linked to some of these blogs. Eventually that information was present on Wikipedia's article for the film as well, plus godzilla.wikia.com still claims it's true.

I think it was just a case of Western fans who saw the film without any form of English translation trying to fill in the blanks, and without anything to contradict this misinformation the Western fanbase just kind of ran with it for a while.
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Lord Shiro

4 months ago
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Shin Gojira is amazing and Kamata-Kun is the cutest monster in the world...
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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We did it fellas, Kamata-kun is now trending on Know Your Meme!

Kamata-kun KYM.PNG
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D.M.B. of Horror

4 months ago
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wait what?

And I thought non Godzilla fnas didn't knew about this movie.
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Magara M&E

4 months ago
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KAMATA KUN!
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Lord Shiro

4 months ago
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KAMARA-KUN IS SOOOO CUTE!!!
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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Since the humanoids have been confirmed to be shin Godzilla's collective 5th form (Shin Godzilla concept art book) I'm gonna call it 'Chiyoda-Kun'
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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Did they even use puppets or was it all CGI?
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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The visual effects supervisor recently said in an interview that the Godzilla puppet did not end up being used in the finished film.
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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So I was right!
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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Godzilla is getting a arigato award

http://scree...o-award.html
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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They tried out a lot of new things for the Post-Millennium era.
Shin Godzilla reinvented the character of Godzilla to huge success and made him scary again.
Naturally, the next step was to make an anime. This had moderate success due to being a RWBY crossover, even though RWBY isn't an anime. It proved Toho are a bit out of touch.
When Goji met Kongu was easily the beginning of the decline in the post millennium era. It was a romantic comedy film and became well known for it's sex scene between Godzilla and Kong.
The Godzilla Matrix was the second to last movie in the Post-Millennium era before it came to an end. This film was a poorly-written parody of The Matrix starring ShodaiGoji as Morpheus and Minilla as Neo. It was a box office bomb and Godzilla's reputation was forever ruined.
Toho realised their mistake and attempted to bring Godzilla back into the spotlight with their newest film, Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra, Varan, Raptor, Baragon, Rodan, Maneater, Kumonga, Jet Jaguar, Frankenstein, Zilla and King Kong vs. Mechani-Kong, Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Gamera, Heritage, MechaGodzilla, Biollante, Shockirus, Legion, Muto, Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, Bagan, Orga, Monster X, Gigan, Megalon, Ebirah, Little Godzilla, MechaMothra, MechaMechaGodzilla and Evil Ultraman: Giant Cash-Grab All-Out Attack!. It was an absolute disaster and relied way too much on fan service. It was a poor end for the Godzilla series and another movie wouldn't be made until the movie Godzilla in Las Vegas in 2048.
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Toa Hydros

5 months ago
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... wut?
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Magara M&E

4 months ago
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Toho:Let's make Godzilla scary again
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

5 months ago
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Isn't the plot section already completed? while the section says "Under Construction".

My opinion: Too many human scenes (Godzilla's screentime in this film may be even shorter from the 2014 film), ugly design of ShinGoji (still really liked LegendaryGoji though), but good CGI effects and destruction scenes.

3/5 or 5/10
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D.M.B. of Horror

4 months ago
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Actually, Godzilla's total screentime was 18 minutes, while in Godzilla 2014 was only 10.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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I guess I might as well give my brief thoughts on this movie. I've seen it three times and I absolutely loved it. I'm not ready to say it is one of the best Godzilla films or one of my favorites yet, but after some time passes I might be able to give a more solid opinion. I think that the movie is a very refreshing a new direction for the series that also manages to stay very true to its roots and aware of the original message behind Godzilla. I found the human characters to be very interesting and intriguing, and was amazed how a mostly human-centered plot revolving around bureaucracy and red tape managed to be so exciting.

And of course, there's Godzilla too. I wasn't completely thrilled the first time I saw the design, but I think it works perfectly for this film. Godzilla looks grotesque and frightening, yet still strangely majestic and awe-inspiring. The way he just slowly lumbers forward seemingly oblivious to anything around him somehow makes him seem very intimidating. The special effects are impressive too. Godzilla looks almost photo-realistic, and it is at times hard to tell that he is completely computer-generated. Of course not all of the CGI in the film is flawless or anywhere close to on par with Hollywood, but considering the film's likely budget and how CGI effects in Godzilla films have looked in the past, it's really impressive. The soundtrack is an interesting mix of very fitting and epic compositions from Shiro Sagisu and classic Akira Ifukube music. Some have criticized the inconsistency of the score, but I think it manages to hit just the right mixture of nostalgia and new material.

Overall, I think this movie deserved all of the hype and success it received. For years filmmakers have tried to return to the Godzilla franchise's roots and recapture the tone of the 1954 original. I believe that Shin Godzilla is finally the film to do that. While I'm not saying Shin Godzilla is on par with the original film or necessarily even one of the absolute best in the series, I believe it accomplished what it set out to do: make Godzilla a terrifying allegory like he was in 1954, tell a serious story taking cues from recent events in Japanese history, take the franchise in a new and refreshing direction, and prove that Toho is still capable of producing great Godzilla films by reinvigorating the franchise for a new generation. Shin Godzilla is the Godzilla film that many fans have been waiting for.
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Spinocroc123

5 months ago
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well said.
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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Funimation is extending the release

http://comic...rth-america/
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Toa Hydros

5 months ago
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My Thoughts: Shin Godzilla

Since this film has concluded both its Japanese and American theatrical releases, I'll go ahead and comment, but just in case:

SPOILERS!!!

I really wanted to like this film. I was hoping it would be the giant epic of a Japan-made Godzilla that we've endured more than a decade of waiting for. The main course to G14's appetizer.

But...

Well, let me establish that this isn't a bad movie. I in no way want to discourage anyone from seeing it, but I have to be honest in my opinion. While the movie does some things well, it nonetheless makes some of the same mistakes as "Godzilla 2014", as well as some of its own.

The first thing that struck me was how abruptly the film begins. I was expecting a little build up to Godzilla's first appearance: Introduce your main characters, foreshadow Goji's impending arrival, get some of the political and scientific jargon out of the way, ect. But here, Goji shows up immediately. In a movie like "Godzilla 2000" that approach has more of a home, as Godzilla was already an established reality in that film, people already knew he existed. But in a movie that reintroduces Godzilla to a new audience, you'd think they'd try to emulate something like "Return of Godzilla" or "Godzilla '14" in that regard.

The main issue I have with the film is, well, it's rather dull... by Godzilla standards. While Godzilla appears much earlier than he did in G14, the vast majority of the movie is the human characters discussing politics and civil affairs. It's as if all the political discussions from the Star Wars prequels were condensed and shoved into a Godzilla movie. Give G14 some credit, while the story was human-oriented and followed a non-interesting main character, it still had the sense to put him in interesting situations (being attacked on the train tracks, trying to carry an active nuke out of the city, ect.). Here... it's mostly people talking in offices. Not that there isn't a place for that in these films, but it's just not what we're here to see.

By the time Godzilla's rampage gets into full swing and he starts fighting the military, it is a hugely welcome relief, and for a while it seems that's what we're going to FINALLY focus on... but then we go back to the political stuff again. And in the end, the final encounter with Goji just comes too late, not to mention the way they defeat him is a huge letdown compared to movies like Godzilla '54 and Godzilla vs Destroyah.

Now, after all that you'd think I hated this movie, but that's not the case; there are things I genuinely like about it:

The effects used to bring Godzilla to life are amazing; the Big G just looks so MASSIVE when he's on screen; I especially love the part where Godzilla's tail is swinging just above the houses with the people looking up. It drives home just how insignificant humans are to this beast. His battles with the military are also some of the best scenes of a monster fighting tanks there is. His design is a bit of a mixed bag; it's mostly great, but those tiny arms and eyes just really stick out. There are also times when the CG makes him look rather stiff and rigid in his movements. I also don't care for how they changed his atomic breath, but those are minor complaints.

The acting from the human characters is pretty good; you just feel the foreboding sense of dread that's hanging in the air around them. It would've made for great human drama if movie just hadn't gone so overboard with it.

In the end, I can't say that it is the return to form for Godzilla that we've been waiting so long for, but I can't say it's a bad movie either. If you're wanting a lot of nonstop action like in GMK, you're out of luck. If you like your Godzilla films with a greater emphasis on human drama like Destroy All Monsters, then this may appeal to you.
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Ghidorahnumber1

5 months ago
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Is there going to be a DVD/Blu-ray release? I can't find any listings.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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There will be a DVD and Blu-ray release, but it's probably a while off. The movie won't be available on DVD or Blu-ray in Japan until probably sometime early next year. Funimation will then have to wait a certain period of time before they can release it in Region 1. We probably won't see a Region 1 release until next fall unfortunately.
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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One of the best Godzilla movies ever and the best movie of 2016!

I'd give this a 10/10 stars.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

5 months ago
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Um, why the E231 Series isn't listed on the Vehicles and Weapons section? even it's a rail vehicle used as a weapon against Godzilla in one scene.
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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Shin Godzilla SPOILERS! don't click if you care about spoilers!

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Dracosaurian

5 months ago
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Just saw the film and I felt that it was kinda overrated imo.  :|
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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Hype is a dangerous thing and has murdered many a film or game or book.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

6 months ago
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The film was actually released in August 31, 2016 in Philippine theaters, even it was announced to be released on 24 (exactly one week ago).
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

5 months ago
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Oh by the way, can I add the plot of this film? (as the film came out in the Philippines like over a month ago, and I already watched the film and gave my opinion about it)
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Magara M&E

6 months ago
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Kamata kun!
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Garfzilla

6 months ago
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I'm dying to see this
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Sound Waving

6 months ago
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The release date of this movie in the Philippines is incorrect. It's actually August 31, not August 24
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Sound Waving

6 months ago
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Already fixed it btw
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Toa Hydros

6 months ago
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Got my tickets! All aboard the HypeTrain, baby!!!
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Toolen

6 months ago
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So this film won't be dubbed? Talk about lazy.
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Toolen

6 months ago
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Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with subtitles, but I prefer dubbed versions for theatrical releases. Sure it would probably take longer to dub the film, but when I'm in a movie theater, I don't like having to constantly look at the bottom of the screen to see what people are saying while trying to enjoy the action. Do you think it will recieve a dub for the blue-ray release?
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The King of the Monsters

6 months ago
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Funimation never dubs live-action films when they theatrically release them. They tailor their releases to niche audiences rather than the general audience, hence why they elect to save time and money by creating a subtitle track instead of dubbing it for the theatrical release. However, I believe the DVD and Blu-ray releases for the Attack on Titan films will include a dub track even though those films were subbed in theaters, so the same will probably apply to Shin Godzilla.
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Toolen

6 months ago
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I hope so. I prefer having both options on my blue-rays. All of my Godzilla films have that option, and it would be a shame if this was the only film in my collection whoch didn't include both a dubbed version and the original japanese with subtitles. That would be such a rip-off.
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BigRandomKaiju

6 months ago
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Why Toho why doesnt Portugal get Shin Godzilla WWWHHHYYY.
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Magara M&E

6 months ago
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Shin Godzilla comes out in Malaysia semptember 22nd

https://m.yo...=3LW_mISs7Ds
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The King of the Monsters

6 months ago
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I'm so lucky, my local movie theater on campus will be showing Shin Godzilla multiple times every day from October 11-18.
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Magara M&E

5 months ago
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I still don't get why Hiromi Ogashira and Kamata kun are so popular.
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Indominus Rex 2016

6 months ago
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I just can't wait to watch this movie in Brasil (if it come out in Brasil)
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SuperNerd295

6 months ago
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I have a strong feeling it will.
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Magara M&E

7 months ago
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For an American release Godzilla resurgence would have to be released sometime between semptemrber and October, because if they release it in december Star Wars will kill it in the box office.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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Well who says the movie has to come out this year? Apparently they're still improving on the CGI for the film in American cinemas so it is more acceptable.
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Magara M&E

7 months ago
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Source?
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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I can't give a source. You'll have to ask King of the Monsters for a source, as he is the one who told me about it in the chat.
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The King of the Monsters

7 months ago
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Even if they are touching up the CGI, it's definitely coming to the U.S. this year. The press release said "late 2016" and leaked theater schedules show it playing the week of October 11.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
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There is the rate thing in that infobox, how can i rate it if it's not even out in my country?!
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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You're not meant to rate it until you've seen it...
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SuperNerd295

7 months ago
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Exactly.
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GodzillaZero-One

7 months ago
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This movie is doing magnificently well. In Japan, it is the number one movie, and has been for two weeks. And believe it or not, it has already grossed more than G14. It has also gotten wide spread great ratings, and has an average of 4.2 stars out of 5. Expect lots of merchandise, people.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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Well if that's the case, then I hope they do a sequel of some kind. If not a sequel, then bring back some other Kaiju for new films of their own. No more Mothra films though.
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SuperNerd295

7 months ago
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I think Mothra needs more movies of her own. If possible, bring back Mothra Leo. Although, more films focusing on Kaiju like Rodan and Anguirus would be nice.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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I feel Mothra has had enough movies. She had her original movie and the Rebirth trilogy. Though I've not seen any of those, I've heard they are very good (or at least, the Japanese versions). As Mothra already has 4 good movies, it is probably best to give other Kaiju a shot at having their own movies. Anguirus, Rodan and Varan are good candidates for having new movies made about them. I doubt they'd do one for Varan as he wouldn't pull in too much money but Rodan and Anguirus could bring in enough.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

5 months ago
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I don't think this film beaten Ebirah, Horror of the Deep as the most-attended Godzilla film, as the film sold only three-million tickets on 1966.

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster sold four million tickets and was the fourth-most attended Godzilla film until Godzilla: Resurgence was released.
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Spinocroc123

7 months ago
Score 0
the animals that Godzilla took their characteristics are at least partly mentioned?
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
Omg i can comment on my phone too.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
Score 0
You could do that on the original site too.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
On my phone I can't comment on the original site.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
Score 0
Probably cause comments are currently disabled on the original site.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
O, ya, i forgot the old site is dying.
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MosuFan2004

8 months ago
Score -1
This movie makes Zilla 1998 look like a masterpiece.
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The King of the Monsters

8 months ago
Score 3
Even though I haven't seen the movie yet, I don't think that's the case considering the amazing reviews it's been getting so far.
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Magara M&E

7 months ago
Score 1
Why does everyone want this to fail so legendary's Godzilla will be more popular.
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GodzillaZero-One

7 months ago
Score 0
No idea.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score -1

@Magara M&E

Because this is not Godzilla anymore! This Godzilla has a tadpole form and his second form is snake with legs and fish eyes and he can shoot lasers from his mouth, tail and dorsal plates. I would like if they call this Godzilla with a different name, like Gamera in Gamera: The Brave is Toto.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
Score 1
So this Godzilla is completely different in every way cause he has a few new abilities and a different origin? Wow... That must mean the Heisei Godzilla is awful too then. That Godzilla had a different origin story and new abilities too!
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GodzillaZero-One

7 months ago
Score 2
It's better that they tried something new rather then regurgitate the same old stuff.
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The King of the Monsters

7 months ago
Score 1
I don't see what's wrong with changing Godzilla's origin and giving him new powers. The 1998 film changed the origin, the personality and took away Godzilla's trademark powers, so it's understandable why that was negatively received by fans. Godzilla: Resurgence just changes his origin and adds new variations of his powers, in addition to his existing ones. The beams from his back are essentially just a new version of the nuclear pulse anyway.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
It's cool when Godzilla gets new powers, but lasers from his tail?! lasers from his dorsal plates?!
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The King of the Monsters

7 months ago
Score 1
Again, what is necessarily wrong with that. In the past, Godzilla has shown the ability to redirect his atomic breath and instead release the energy from his body instead. In this case, Godzilla is redirecting his atomic breath and releasing it through the spaces between his dorsal plates and the tip of his tail. It's just the nuclear pulse slightly re-imagined.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
He's still not real Godzilla to me, i look at him as a different monster. It for me will be very very very good if they call this Godzilla with a different name.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
Score 3
I can't believe people are prepared to not accept this Godzilla as a real Godzilla just because of a different origin story and different abilities. He still looks like Godzilla, he still acts like Godzilla, he still sounds like Godzilla, he still has atomic breath, he is just as much a true Godzilla as the rest are.
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The King of the Monsters

7 months ago
Score 3
I don't get what makes him not Godzilla. He looks different, yes, but Godzilla's design has varied wildly throughout his filmography. He's still a giant upright reptilian-looking monster with rows of maple-leaf shaped plates on his back. He's still radioactive and comes from the ocean. He still has atomic breath, and he's still impervious to conventional weaponry. What is it that makes him not Godzilla? The fact that he can fire beams from his back and tail when he closes his mouth while using atomic breath?
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
"What makes him not Godzilla?" That Godzilla is a dinosaur, real Godzilla doesn't have pterodactyl and whale skeletons in his tail and real Godzilla is not nightmare ugly.
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The King of the Monsters

7 months ago
Score 3

This movie is attempting to realize the original vision for Godzilla in the modern day. The 1954 Godzilla was made to appear frightening and grotesque, and other films have sometimes attempted to do the same. This movie returns Godzilla to being frightening and hideous to reinforce the point that he is an unnatural creature created by mankind's misuse of nuclear energy.

The 1954 Godzilla was a personification of the destruction caused by nuclear bombs. This Godzilla is a personification of the destruction, death and contamination caused by nuclear accidents. That's the reason why he once again looks hideous and monstrous.
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
They atleast could make him not that uugly, and I still look at him as a different kaiju.
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GodzillaZero-One

7 months ago
Score 3
His hideousness is intentional, to make him more scary.
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Banjo234

7 months ago
Score 3
Whenever someone says that they hate the Movie because of the way Godzilla looks I want to bang my head against a Brick Wall
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MosuFan2004

7 months ago
Score 0
Then do it, i know so many people that hate that movie because of the way Godzilla looks.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
Score 4
The people who hate this movie due to the way Godzilla looks are probably the same idiots who hate the original Showa movies only due to the way Godzilla looks in them.
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SuperNerd295

7 months ago
Score 0
I like this new stuff. Im a weirdo who likes weird and creepy stuff.
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Toolen

6 months ago
Score 0
What's wrong with the way he looks? I think he looks great. He looks nightmarish and freakish.