Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

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Godzilla Films
Godzilla 2000: Millennium
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
GMK
Toho Company, Limited Monster Movie
The Japanese poster for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy (2000)
See alternate titles
Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
Music by Michiru Oshima
Distributor TohoJP
TriStar PicturesUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥950,000,000
Box Office ¥1,200,000,000
Running Time 105 minutesJP
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
88 minutesUS, TV
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Designs Used GiraGoji, ShodaiGira, GiraMeganuron, ShodaiMeganura
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Godzilla disappears. (ゴジラが消える。) „ 

— Tagline

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (ゴジラ×メガギラス 消滅作戦,   Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jī Shōmetsu Sakusen?, lit. Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy) is a 2000 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the twenty-fourth installment in the Godzilla series, as well as the second in the Millennium series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 16, 2000.[1]

Plot

An experimental satellite-based weapon that fires miniature black holes, called the Dimension Tide, opens a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly enters the present and deposits a single egg before exiting through the wormhole. A boy finds the egg and takes it with him when he moves to Tokyo. The egg starts oozing a strange liquid, so the boy throws the egg in the sewer. The egg, actually a mass of hundreds of eggs, splits up and starts growing when exposed to water, hatching into large dragonfly larva called Meganulon that come out of the sewer to feed. They flood a portion of the city and moult on the sides of buildings, becoming adult Meganula.

Meanwhile, the atomic monster Godzilla appears, in search of a source of nuclear energy, despite the edict shutting down all such attractants after his three previous appearances. While Godzilla is fighting the G-Graspers (the anti-Godzilla section of the Japan Self Defense Forces) who are assisted by rebellious scientist Hajime Kudo, the swarm of Meganula are attracted in turn to Godzilla's energy, and attack him. Most Meganula are killed, but a few drain some of Godzilla's energy and return to the sewer. With the last of their strength, the Meganula inject Godzilla's energy into a huge, sleeping larva that is in a giant, pulsating cocoon. It molts and appears from the water as Megaguirus, the queen of the Meganula.

After destroying part of the city with shock waves generated by her beating wings, Megaguirus heads to the waterfront and faces Godzilla. Being territorial, Megaguirus considers the city to be her hunting ground. As they engage in a lengthy battle, she uses her speed to avoid Godzilla's attacks, but Godzilla eventually uses her speed against her. As she flies toward Godzilla, he lunges forward with his dorsal fins in her path. She flies into the fins, and one of her arms is severed.

During the battle, a special ability of Megaguirus is revealed: Having been mutated by Godzilla's energy, she can generate a blast similar to his atomic breath. She fires a huge ball of radiation, knocking Godzilla down. He gets back up, and Megaguirus goes in for the kill. She speeds forward with the stinger on her long tail lowered, trying to stab Godzilla between the eyes. In a climactic moment, Godzilla catches the stinger in his mouth. He bites down, crushing the stinger. Megaguirus rears up in pain, and Godzilla takes the chance to finally blast her with his atomic breath. She bursts into flames and Godzilla blasts her a second time and destroys her.

It is revealed that Godzilla was attracted to the energy of a secret nuclear project housed at the Science Institute, in violation of the ban, by Professor Yoshino Yoshizawa. The G-Graspers are now wanting to kill Godzilla, but with the Dimension Tide falling out of orbit they are unable to get a lock on Godzilla, until the beautiful and psychotic Major Kiriko Tsujimori pilots a ship called Gryphon towards Godzilla, ejecting only at the last second. The Dimension Tide is able to lock on to the craft and fires just before burning up on reentry; Godzilla vanishes and everyone celebrates. In a postlude, however, Major Tsujimori again enlists Kudo to investigate suspicious seismic activity; then in an after-credits scene, Godzilla's roar is heard again as an earthquake strikes Tokyo.

Staff

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Cast

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Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy (Literal Japanese Title)
  • GXM (Abbreviated Title)

Theatrical Releases

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  • Japan - December 16, 2000[1]   [view poster]Japanese poster

U.S. Release

American Godzilla vs. Megaguirus DVD cover

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus premiered in the U.S. at the Pickwick Theater on July 13th, 2002, as part of G-FEST '02. The Sci-Fi Channel aired its U.S. television debut on August 31st, 2003.[2]

The film was released on DVD in the United States by TriStar Pictures in 2004. Along with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, which had the same street date, it was the first official American release of a Japanese Godzilla film to include the original audio, though the subtitles came from the English dub's script. This release also used Toho's international title card, marking the first time TriStar did not create its own title card for a release. TriStar would do the same for each of its subsequent Godzilla DVDs.

Box Office

The budget of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is estimated at $8,300,000. It opened in Japan on December 16, 2000 and grossed approximately $10,000,000, making it the second lowest-grossing entry in the Millennium Godzilla series. Total admissions in Japan were approximately 1,350,000, the worst for the series since Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975.

Reception

Video Releases

Toho DVD (2001) [Box Set]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Five trailers and six TV spots for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, two teaser trailers for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, audio commentary by Masaaki Tezuka, Kenji Suzuki and Misato Tanaka, audio commentary by Michiru Oshima and Kyoko Kitahara, cast profiles, making-of feature (40 minutes), Godzilla Promotion Campaigns featurette focusing on marketing for the series since 1954 (42 minutes), "Tamao Sato and the Godzilla Lab" featurette which includes public appearances by MireGoji attraction suits (25 minutes), storyboards, soundtrack for the film on CD, production booklet
  • Notes: Out of print.

Universal Laser & Video DVD (2001)

  • Region: 3
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround), Cantonese (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese (simplified and traditional)
  • Special Features: Japanese trailer
  • Notes: Out of print.

TriStar Pictures DVD (2004)[3]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: Trailers

Madman DVD (2005)

  • Region: 4

Sony Blu-ray (2014)[4]

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: 3 trailers for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (2 teasers, 1 theatrical) and 2 trailers for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (1 teaser, 1 theatrical)
  • Notes: Packaged with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Videos

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Japanese trailer
Photoshoot at the film's Tokyo International Film Festival premiere
Stage greetings from the cast and crew at the film's Tokyo International Film Festival premiere

Trivia

  • Although this film uses the same Godzilla suit used in Godzilla 2000: Millennium, the films do not take place in the same continuity. In this timeline, Godzilla was not killed by the Oxygen Destroyer following his attack on Tokyo in 1954, and did not return to Japan again until 1966. The film does not state whether Dr. Serizawa declined to use the device or never invented it in the first place.
  • Megaguirus and the Meganula are both adapted from Meganulon, which first appeared in Rodan.
  • Certain shots in the scene depicting Godzilla's first attack on Tokyo are stock footage from the original Godzilla, with the GiraGoji suit digitally replacing the ShodaiGoji suit.
  • This is the only film in the Millennium series to have "vs." in its English title. However, this film's Japanese title uses "X," (Gojira X Megagirasu), which is also used for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla's Japanese title (Gojira X Mekagojira) and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.'s Japanese title (Gojira X Mosura X Mekagojira).
  • According to Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla, an initial plot for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus had astronauts finding Godzilla bones on the Moon. Shinji Nishikawa even prepared concept art for this plot.[5]
  • The parliamentary debate in this film following Godzilla's attack on the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant is a direct reference to a similar scene from the original Godzilla film, down to the outfit of the woman pounding her fist on the table.

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Deathrock9

2 months ago
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The tone of this film is really all over the place. On one hand, we have the Godzilla body-slam scene. On the other hand, we have the alleyway scene in which someone gets their throat stabbed. It's still an entertaining film though.
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Ryanhussain14

7 months ago
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This is the movie that Godzilla 2000 aspired to be but never was.
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Garfzilla

7 months ago
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Lol
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Toa Hydros

8 months ago
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My Thoughts: Godzilla vs Megaguirus

I tend to label this as the weakest of the Millennium series, though it's not without its charm.

The main problem I have with the film is it moves along at a somewhat sluggish pace when the kaiju aren't around; several scenes just drag a bit too long. I'd also be lying if I said the human characters were very engaging.

The monster action is the best aspect of the movie: it's nice to see the Godzilla 2000 suit again, and the Meganulon and Meganula are pretty creepy, as is their queen, Megaguirus. The fight screens are a bit goofy, but that just adds to the charm.

Overall, it's not that strong of a film, but it has its moments.
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Titanollante

8 months ago
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It's an okay movie. I am not too bored by it. Megaguirus also looks nice and it's kind of fun to point out any errors or stuff like Megaguirus's strings being very easily visible in some shots.