Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京ＳＯＳ Gojira Mosura Mekagojira: Tokyo Esu Ō Esu?, lit. Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.) is a 2003 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the twenty-seventh installment in the Godzilla series, as well as the fifth in the Millennium series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 14, 2003.
In 2004, one year after the epic battle between Godzilla and Kiryu, Mothra's Shobijin appear to Shinichi Chujo, a scientist who helped to rescue them from Clark Nelson back in 1961. They inform him that it was wrong for the Japanese government to create a weapon using the first Godzilla's remains, and that they must be returned to the ocean or else Mothra will be forced to declare war against humanity. They assure Chujo that if the first Godzilla's remains are returned to the ocean, then Mothra will defend Japan from the current Godzilla in place of Kiryu. The Shobijin then depart with Mothra. Meanwhile, repairs on Kiryu are nearing completion, and the mech will soon be ready to face Godzilla once again should the monster return. The original members of the Kiryu squad are being sent to the United States for further training, and a ceremony for them is being held by the AMF. During the ceremony, Yoshito Chujo, Shinichi Chujo's nephew, notices Kiryu's former pilot Akane Yashiro walk out of the room and into Kiryu's hangar. Yoshito follows Akane and starts a conversation with her. Akane remarks that she feels sorry for Kiryu, as she senses that it does not want to fight Godzilla. Akane tells Yoshito to take good care of Kiryu, then leaves.
Sometime later, the carcass of a gigantic sea turtle washes ashore in Japan. The creature is identified as a Megalo matamata, or "Kamoebas," a giant species of sea turtle discovered on Sergio Island in 1970, and the first specimen spotted since the 1980's. The creature has large claw marks in its neck, leading the AMF to conclude it was killed by Godzilla. As the AMF rushes to complete Kiryu in preparation for Godzilla's arrival, Chujo meets with the Prime Minister, Hayato Igarashi, telling him to scrap the Kiryu project as per the Shobijin's warning. Igarashi acknowledges Chujo's concerns, but states that too much has been invested into the Kiryu project to allow it to be scrapped now. He swears that as soon as Kiryu successfully kills Godzilla, he will have the project ended, but until then Kiryu is Japan's only defense against Godzilla.
Godzilla soon surfaces in Tokyo Bay, easily making his way through the JSDF's defenses and approaching the hangar containing Kiryu. As Tokyo is evacuated and Kiryu is prepared for launch, Chujo's grandson Shun creates a giant version of Mothra's symbol using desks from a school, inspired by Chujo and his friends painting the symbol on an airport runway back in 1961 to attract Mothra. Sure enough, Mothra arrives in Tokyo and attacks Godzilla. Mothra is able to hold her own against the behemoth for a time, but Godzilla eventually overpowers her. Left with no choice, Igarashi orders Kiryu to be launched into battle against Godzilla. Godzilla and Kiryu do battle once again, only for Godzilla to knock the mech out of commission with his atomic breath. On Infant Island, two twin Mothra larvae hatch from an egg and swim to Tokyo to aid their mother against Godzilla. When Godzilla spots the larvae, he fires his atomic breath at them, only for their mother to fly in front of the blast and sacrifice her life to save them. Heartbroken, the larvae battle Godzilla while enters the damaged Kiryu and attempts to repair him manually. Yoshito gets Kiryu back up and running, but finds himself trapped inside of the mech. Rather than compromise the mission, Yoshito lies and says he is safe and allows Kiryu to re-enter the fray. Kiryu engages Godzilla again near the National Diet Building, and manages to pierce the chest wound Godzilla sustained a year before with his drill hand. Kiryu rotates the drill and severely wounds Godzilla, then fires his hyper Maser beams into the open wound, causing Godzilla to roar out in agony. Mothra's larvae then cover Godzilla in silken webbing, leaving him immobile on the ground. The AMF orders Kiryu to finish Godzilla once and for all, but the first Godzilla's spirit is reawakened again and takes control. Rather than kill another member of his kind, Kiryu chooses to carry the beaten Godzilla out to sea and sink with him into the Japan Trench. As Kiryu and Godzilla fly over the ocean, several AC-3 White Heron jets fly next to Kiryu to try and rescue Yoshito, whom the AMF has just learned is trapped inside. Kiryu opens a trap door on his body and allows Yoshito to escape and be rescued by one of the planes, displaying a message reading "Sayonara Yoshito" on a computer screen. Yoshito sadly replies "Sayonara Kiryu" and watches as Kiryu plunges into the ocean with Godzilla. Both monsters sink into the trench until all contact is lost. Igarashi declares this a "hollow victory," while the Shobijin are content that the spirit of the original Godzilla can once again rest in peace as they return to Infant Island with the larvae.
In an AMF laboratory, several cryogenic tanks are holding the DNA of various other kaiju.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
- Written by Masaaki Tezuka, Masahiro Yokotani
- Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
- Music by Michiru Oshima
- Cinematography by Yoshinori Sekiguchi
- Assistant Directing by Hideaki Murakami
- Special Effects by Eiichi Asada
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Noboru Kaneko as Yoshito Chujo
- Miho Yoshioka as Azusa Kisaragi
- Katsuya Onizuka as Kyosuke Akiba
- Hiroshi Koizumi as Shinichi Chujo
- Masami Nagasawa and Chihiro Otsuka as Shobijin
- Koh Takasugi as Togashi
- Akira Nakao as Hayato Igarashi
- Takeo Nakahar as Hitoyanagi
- Koichi Ueda as Dobashi
- Yumiko Shaku as Akane Yashiro
- Itsuki Oomori as Shun Chujo
- Akira Shirai as Shinji Akamatsu
- Naomasa Rokudaira as Goro Kanno
- Takeshi Masu as Kamoebas Surveyor
- Yusuke Tomoi as Susumu Hayama
- Noriko Watanabe as Shun's Mother
- Tsutomu Kitagawa as Godzilla
- Motokuni Nakagawa as Kiryu
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Main article: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S./Gallery.
- Main article: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Soundtrack).
- Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Literal Japanese Title)
- Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Alternate)
- GXMXMG (Abbreviated Title)
- Godzilla: Tokyo In Danger (Godzilla: Tokio en Peligro; Mexico)
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- Japan - December 14, 2003 [view poster]
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. was released to DVD in the United States in 2004 by TriStar Pictures, as part of TriStar's line of releases commemorating Godzilla's 50th anniversary. TriStar included Toho's uncut international version of the film, along with both Omni Productions' English dub and the original Japanese audio track. TriStar's subtitles for the Japanese audio were simply derived from Omni Productions' dub, in which Kiryu is referred to as "Mecha G." This was reportedly done out of fear that calling the film's Mechagodzilla "Kiryu" would confuse viewers who had not seen the previous film, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and calling him "Mechagodzilla" would not match the characters' onscreen lip movements. Tokyo S.O.S. was the last new Godzilla film to be distributed by TriStar. Following TriStar's DVD re-release of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II in 2005, TriStar's parent company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, solely handled all subsequent home video releases of Godzilla films.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S opened on December 14th, 2003 on a double bill with the animated feature Hamtaro: Ham Ham Grand Prix. In its opening weekend, it was third place at the box office with $1,686,009. Its gross was estimated at $12,000,000, with approximately 1,100,000 admissions.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. is generally well-liked by Godzilla fans for its monster action and sometimes respected for being the sole direct sequel of the entirety of the Millennium series.
Tristar DVD (2004)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (5.1 Surround)
- Special Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (22 minutes), trailers
Sony Blu-ray (2014)
- Region: A/1
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Special Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (22 minutes) and teaser for Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, behind-the-scenes featurette (18 minutes) and three trailers for Godzilla: Final Wars
- Notes: Packaged with Godzilla: Final Wars.
- Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. and the previous film, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, are the only films in the Millennium series to share continuity.
- A Liopleurodon was originally intended to wash up dead on the shore rather than Kamoebas. Toho decided against introducing a new creature just to have it appear dead and chose instead to use an existing kaiju in the role. Toho at first planned to replace the Liopleurodon with Anguirus, but ultimately decided to use the more obscure Kamoebas instead.
- In the book Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.: Super Complete Works, there are some drawings and concepts for a "fan fiction" style swing at extending the "Kiryu saga." The idea is fairly elaborate, using the DNA sequence from this movie's finale and the overall concept of Kiryu to create an army of mechs that include mechanized versions of Baragon, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Varan, Sanda, Gaira, Kamoebas and Ganimes. Again, as it seems quite common for someone to see these images out of context and get the wrong idea, these concepts were never intended for an actual movie but more of a "what if" scenario for more ideas from this storyline.
- The twin Mothra larvae in this film are actually non-identical; one is male and the other is female. The male larva has darker skin and more pronounced tusks and tail spikes compared to the female. This is the first confirmed instance of a male Mothra appearing in a Godzilla film
- Both Mothra larvae were given nicknames during filming. The male larva was nicknamed Taro, while the female was nicknamed Hanako.
- Despite having a nearly identical design to the suit used in the previous film, a new Godzilla suit was created for this film, the only major difference being a large scar in its chest region.
- This film has many similarities with the Showa films Mothra and Mothra vs. Godzilla. Just as in the latter film, Tokyo S.O.S. features the concept of two Mothra larvae hatching from one egg, and those larvae attacking Godzilla after their mother's death. Just as in Mothra vs. Godzilla, the two larvae encase Godzilla in a silky blanket, which aids in his defeat.
- This is the last film so far that shares the same timeline with the original Godzilla film, all of the following films so far are reboots that are set in their own continuity, only making vague references to the year 1954.
- Early teaser trailers for this film utilized stock footage of Mothra from Rebirth of Mothra.
- The character Shinichi Chujo is introduced in this film while reading a book that covers his face. This is a reference to how the character was introduced in Mothra.
- Accomplished actor Toru Minegishi, who played Goro Gondo in Godzilla vs. Biollante, makes a brief cameo in this film as a political commentator on a TV talk show.
- Although Godzilla and Kamoebas are the only two names visible in the DNA repository of giant monsters, the other canisters contain the cells of Gaira, Sanda, Varan, Ebirah, and two original-yet-unseen characters dubbed Tezuka and Futami, with the former's name being an in-joke reference towards director Masaaki Tezuka.
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