Go! Godman (2008)

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Go! Godman
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Go! Godman
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Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
Written by Hakase Ishii
Music by MARS, Ichiro Mizuki
Distributor Toho
Rating Unrated
Running Time 22 minutes
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
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Go! Godman (行け!ゴッドマン,   Ike! Goddoman) is a 2008 tokusatsu kaiju short-film produced by Toho that was released straight-to-DVD on May 23, 2008.

Plot

While taking photos of a small run-down town for a self-published magazine, professional photographer, Mika Ayase is attacked by a giant monster called Tsunojiras. There, she runs into Koichi Matsushita, a young man who was overseeing the demolition of a building, where she explains herself as attempting to capture the records of the memories of the former inhabitants of the town. Seeing the town slowly being destroyed by man, and now a giant monster saddens Mika, as anyone who used to live there will no longer have any ties to it. But, the voices of children echo a name through the town: "Godman". Shortly after this cry for help, a figure flies across the sky toward the monster seemingly answering the calls of the children. Touching down to the ground, the hero grows to the height of the monster and battle ensues. Though the hero's effort was great, Tsunojiras quickly gained the upper hand, knocking him to the ground multiple times. Luckily, encouragement from Koichi enabled Godman to rise and use his abilities against the monster. Tsunojiras was beaten by Godman's flail-like weapon, the Godman Crush and was blown to pieces by energy bullets shot from Godman's fist.

A large chunk of Tsunojiras's flesh landed near Mika and Koichi, and before their eyes, another monster spawned from it. This time, an ape-like monster called Shilarji. Once more, the two were saved by Godman, now shrunk back to human size. The two managed to flee, but were confronted by another spawn of Tsunojiras's flesh, Gaira. Godman seemingly defeated the previous monster, and appeared to take on the next. Little did he know, Shilarji was actually still alive. This led to the two monsters teaming up and nearly killing Godman by knocking off one of his power bracelets, and strangling him. This caused Mika to remember that the superhero had appeared long before, and that his bracelets were needed to win. Risking her life to save him, Mika ran out into the open and retrieved the bracelet for Godman, causing him to regain full strength and power. He was now able to overcome the two monsters, firing his explosive disc weapons known as the Godman Circles at them. This caused Shilarji to knock over a pile of boxes and pipes which nearly fell on Mika. One of the boxes was filled with multiple vintage items, including a Green Call. Unexpectedly, while Godman was occupied, Shilarji stood up once more and confronted Mika, who used the device to call Greenman to protect her. Sure enough, the mechanical hero raced to the scene and beat Shilarji to the ground. Godman finished off both monsters, using his Super Sonic Wave attack and peace was restored to the town once more.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Masaaki Tezuka
  • Produced by   Hakase Ishii and Hiroto Kobayashi
  • Music by   MARS and Ichiro Mizuki
  • Cinematography by   Keiichi Sakurai
  • Special Effects by   Fuyuki Shinada, Takuya Yamabe, Shirō Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Yūji Yomura, Shun'ya Hirota, Kōsuke Kamata, Tomohiro Takada, and Yukinae Wakao
  • Special Effects Supervision by   Shio Araki
  • Footage by   Hiroyuki Yoshimura
  • Lighting by   Shintarō Furukawa and Naoto Tamagawa
  • Fight Choreography by   Satoru Midzukuri
  • Styling by   Masami Takahashi
  • Hair and Makeup by   Chie Kobayashi
  • Assistant Directing by   Yoshikazu Ishii, Noboruware Kiyosu, Toshifumi Shimizu, Chikaihito Kumazawa, and Tomoyuki Hatakeyama
  • Assistant Production by   Naoki Moriizumi
  • Assistant Cinematography by   Takao Ōtsuka, Jun'nosuke Matsuyama, Risa Teratori, and Tatsuya Yamada
  • Assistant Hair and Makeup by   Chozo Okutani
  • Costume Supervision by   Fuyuki Shinada

Cast

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

Appearances

Characters and Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

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Soundtrack

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Alternate Titles

  • New Production: Go! Godman
  • Go! Go! Godman and Greenman

Video Releases

Toho (2008)[1]

  • Return of the "Good Morning" Heroes: Go! Go! Godman and Greenman BOX (帰ってきた“おはよう”ヒーロー 行け!行け!ゴッドマン&グリーンマンBOX,   Kaettekita “Ohayō” Hīrō Ike! Ike! Goddoman & Gurīnman Bokkusu)
  • Released: May 23, 2008
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Color, Dolby
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 174 minutes run time, 3 discs, box set
  • Features:
    • Disc 1: Go! Godman, Godman Fighting Special (Digest versions of Godman's battles), Godman Monster List
    • Disc 2: Go! Greenman, Greenman Fighting Special (Digest versions of Greenman's battles), Greenman Monster List
    • Disc 3: Go! Godman (2008), Making of Go! Godman (2008), Godman Karaoke Hall

Trivia

  • Go! Godman has never received a theatrical release, instead being released in the Godman and Greenman box-set.
  • This film was produced to commemorate Go! Godman and Go! Greenman's 36th and 35th anniversaries respectively.
  • Among the kaiju who returned in the film is the green gargantua Gaira, who received a new suit for the first time in over 40 years.
    • Gaira's original roar was also "restored" in this new film, as he was given different roars in his Go! Godman and Go! Greenman appearances.
  • Extra footage of the monsters was filmed and played during the credits of the movie, however it has a few inconsistencies.
    • Tsunojiras was killed, and even reduces to mere chunks of flesh, during the beginning of the movie, yet he later appears in a battle royale during the credits.
      • This scene is also strange, due to the fact that Tsunojiras is shown to be the same height as Gaira and Shilarji, despite being shown to be a giant building-destroying monster towards the beginning of the film.
    • Similarly, in another credits scene, Tsunojiras's giant stature is regained, however Gaira and Shilarji are also shown to be giant.
    • In addition, suits were made for the monsters Green Mask and Kappalge, with the former only being used in one scene during the credits and the latter two.
  • Green Mask is the only kaiju in this film to have not previously appeared in both Go! Godman and Go! Greenman.
  • The full version of Godman's theme was used for the film's ending and credits sequence.
  • During the flashback of Mika Ayase as a child playing with her Godman figure, a Mechagodzilla figure can be seen near a swing set as well as Greenman and Megalon figures in and near a pail of sand. She and her friends also pit Godman against toys of Godzilla and Rodan.
  • The box of toys where Mika finds a Green Call includes a G-Grasper hat and Mini-SGS prop from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (the first kaiju film Masaaki Tezuka directed), along with an Xilien laser pistol from Invasion of Astro-Monster.
  • This film was created on such a low budget, filming locations consisted entirely of the studio parking lot and alleyways between buildings on the lot. In addition, within scenes which required flying debris, burnt wood chips were used as simulated refuse.[2]

References

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