BioGoji / GhidoGoji

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The BioGoji as it is seen in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Type Suit, upper body animatronic, prop, stop-motion
Nicknames GhidoGoji
Portrayed by Kenpachiro Satsuma
Used in Godzilla vs. Biollante,
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah,
Godzilla vs. Mothra (Underwater, eruption, and Landmark Tower scenes)

The BioGoji (ビオゴジ) is the Godzilla suit design used in the 1989 and 1991 Godzilla films, Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.

Name[edit | edit source]

In Godzilla vs. Biollante, the BioGoji's name comes from another kaiju's name in the film it appeared in, Biollante (ビオランテ,   Biorante), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ).

In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the GhidoGoji's name comes from another kaiju's name, King Ghidorah (キングギドラ,   Kingu Gidora), and Goji, which comes from Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira (ゴジラ).

Detail[edit | edit source]

In 1989, Godzilla was given a whole new look yet again, an overall design which would set the trend for the rest of Godzilla's suits featured in the Heisei era. To convey a feeling of mass and power, the head was reduced and the neck elongated. The face was also changed and appeared to be more feline in appearance. Significant musculature was added, particularly around the chest and thigh area. The irises were enlarged to fill most of the eye sockets, projecting the impression of mammalian cunning. The fangs were eliminated once again, but Godzilla's teeth were increased to include a double row of sharp teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. The lateral dorsal fins were also enlarged almost to the size of the center row. Just like the previous suit, this one also weighed 242 pounds, but this time the suit was actually built to fit suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, making it much easier for the actor to move. A second suit used in filming water scenes was also built, weighing 176 pounds.

A puppet was also created of Godzilla's head, neck and shoulders, used in close up shots.

In Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, this suit was given a more massive and muscular body, a more vicious and menacing face and a larger chest area. This suit is also called the GhidoGoji (ギドゴジ)

Use in other media[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Biollante[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Mothra[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Biollante[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Mothra[edit | edit source]

Post-production[edit | edit source]

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Covers[edit | edit source]

Toys[edit | edit source]

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Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Godzilla Suit Stolen American News Report
Godzilla Suit Recovery Japanese News Report

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • At the beginning of Godzilla vs. Mothra's production schedule, an unknown party stole the GhidoGoji suit from Toho Studios before it could be used in several scenes too strenuous for the new BatoGoji suit.[1] It was eventually discovered on the shore of Lake Okutama by an old woman. Members of Koichi Kawakita's special effects team were reportedly disappointed at its return, due to the amount of time required to repair the damage it had sustained. It can be seen in the completed film fighting the larval Battra underwater, rising from the erupting Mount Fuji, and falling to the ground after Battra drops the top of the Yokohama Landmark Tower onto it.[2]
  • BioGoji was the second suit built for Godzilla vs. Biollante.[2] The first attempt was deemed unacceptable, presumably by special effects director Koichi Kawakita, and appeared only in publicity photos and the scene when Godzilla approaches the Twin 21 Towers. It had a flatter head, a thicker neck, and slimmer thighs than the BioGoji.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for BioGoji. 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. David Kalat (1997). A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series. McFarland. p. 201.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Becoming Godzilla | BioGoji-GhidoGoji (1989-91)


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