Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks (2022)

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Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks
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The short's title card
Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
Producer Keiji Ota et al.
Music by Akira Ifukube, Michiru Oshima (stock)
Presenter Toho Visual Entertainment
Production company Episcope
Distributor Toho
Running time 9 minutes
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Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks (フェス・ゴジラ3 ガイガン来襲,   Fesu Gojira Surī: Gaigan Raishū) is a live-action Godzilla short film directed, edited, and storyboarded by Kazuhiro Nakagawa. Presented by Toho Visual Entertainment, it was produced by Episcope. It is the third of the "Fest Godzilla" shorts prepared for Godzilla Fest, after Godzilla Appears at Godzilla Fest and Godzilla vs. Hedorah, serving as a direct sequel to the latter. Like the entry before it, Fest Godzilla 3 was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its titular villain. It, along with the CG-animated short Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex, premiered during Godzilla Fest 2022 on November 3, 2022: the first Godzilla Fest event to feature more than one original production. It employs a crowdfunded replica of the Showa Gigan suit realized by Shinichi Wakasa and MONSTERS, Inc.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Following his victory over Hedorah, Godzilla confronts Gigan, who appears in a blue flash over a Japanese city. After the cyborg lands, Godzilla opens the fight with a blast of atomic breath, but Gigan shields his face with his Hammer Hands and returns fire with his forehead laser. Godzilla stumbles backwards before charging Gigan as he continues firing lasers. Gigan slashes Godzilla on the cheek, leaving a small wound. Godzilla continues fighting in close quarters, now taking care to avoid Gigan's Hammer Hands; one errant swing slices the top off a radio tower. Godzilla aims a punch at Gigan's forehead laser, breaking it. Enraged, Gigan activates his buzz saw, cutting a deep wound into Godzilla's chest. He collapses onto an overpass, dazed. Gigan approaches and prepares to finish him off, but Godzilla catches his Hammer Hands mid-swing and rises to his feet. Keeping his grip on the blades, Godzilla breathes atomic fire into Gigan's face; the cyborg falls backwards and explodes. Godzilla lets loose a long victory roar.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Executive producer   Keiji Ota
  • Produced by   Tetsuya Yoshikawa, Michiaki Yamasaki
  • Stock music by   Akira Ifukube, Michiru Oshima
  • Cinematography by   Keizo Suzuki
  • Edited by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Production design by   Kohei Sugiyama
  • CG director   Shoichi Kuwamoto
  • Suits modeled by   Shinichi Wakasa et al.

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

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Development[edit | edit source]

A campaign to raise money for both the construction of a replica Gigan suit and the production of a film involving it was posted to Japanese crowdfunding website Ubgoe on April 1, 2022. The campaign concluded that May 31, failing to reach its ¥15 million goal but nonetheless accruing ¥11,504,405 from 642 backers.[2] With the announcement of Godzilla Fest 2022 on September 20 of that year,[3] the film was revealed to be the third in a series of festival originals directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa which began in 2020.

The first teaser trailer for Fest Godzilla 3 was released on October 14, 2022. A slightly longer preview followed on October 21.

Production[edit | edit source]

Unlike Nakagawa's previous shorts, which were filmed outdoors on open sets, Fest Godzilla 3 was primarily shot indoors on Toho Studios' 6th sound stage.[4] After two days assembling the miniature set,[4] the staff began shooting on September 27, 2022.[1] The majority of filming concluded that September 29,[5] with a few outdoor shots taken on October 1.[6]

The short employs a replica of the Showa Gigan suit built by veteran Godzilla suitmaker Shinichi Wakasa and his company MONSTERS, Inc. Opposite Gigan is the "action" FinalGoji suit which they created for Godzilla Final Wars.[7]

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Pre-production and production[edit | edit source]

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Trailers[edit | edit source]

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Godzilla vs. Gigan (ゴジラvsガイガン,   Gojira tai Gaigan, early title)[8]
  • Fest-Godzilla 3 Gigan attacks (translation in trailer subtitles)[9]
  • Fest Godzilla Gigan Attacks (translation on stream VOD timestamp)[10]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailer
Teaser trailer

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As in Godzilla vs. Gigan, a blow from Godzilla breaks Gigan's forehead laser; this time, however, he fires it beforehand. Unlike many previous depictions of the laser, the ray is purple instead of red.
  • Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks' Japanese title, Fesu Gojira Surī: Gaigan Raishū (フェス・ゴジラ3 ガイガン来襲), is extremely similar to that of Rebirth of Mothra 3: Mosura Surī: Kingu Gidora Raishū (モスラ3 キングギドラ来襲).

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Fest Godzilla 3: Gigan Attacks. 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_jp (26 September 2022). 「#ゴジラフェス2022」完全新作特撮、いよいよ明日から撮影開始します!!このワイド感と奥行き感のある豪華なセット!中川組の気合いを感じます。どうぞご期待ください!!#おそとでゴジラ. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  2. 【ガイガン50周年特別企画】ガイガンスーツ起動プロジェクト. Ubgoe. Retrieved on 26 September 2022.
  3. @godzilla_jp (20 September 2022). 【お知らせ】今年11/3の「ゴジラ・フェス 2022」の開催決定!!しかもなんと、今年は3年ぶりのリアル開催です!ゴジラスーツとのグリーティングも、居酒屋ゴジラも、全てリアルで実施します。ゴジラの誕生日を盛大にお祝いしましょう!↓↓詳しくはこちら↓↓ https://godzilla.store/gfes/2022/. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 今年のゴジラ・フェス新規特撮は「ガイガン来襲」夜のビル街で激闘!. Cinema Today (14 October 2022).
  5. Nakagawa, Kazuhiro (29 September 2022). ひとまず3日間の撮影は終了しました!とは言え、完成迄はまだまだ道半ば。引き続き頑張ります!! #ゴジラフェス2022. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  6. @godzilla_jp (1 October 2022). #ゴジラフェス2022 完全新作特撮、秋晴れの空の下、少しだけ追撮。本日から本格的に編集作業に入ります。. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  7. Wakasa, Shinichi (21 October 2022). 今回のゴジラはアクション用を使いました。. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  8. ゴジラ・フェス 2022. Godzilla Store. Retrieved on 4 November 2022.
  9. Godzilla Channel (21 October 2022). 『フェス・ゴジラ3 ガイガン来襲』予告編. YouTube.
  10. Godzilla Channel (2 November 2022). ゴジラ・フェス 2022. YouTube. Archived from the original on 4 November 2022.

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