Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

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Godzilla: Final Wars
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Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Producer(s) Kazunari Yamanaka,
Ritsuko Suzuki (associate),
Shogo Tomiyama (executive)
Written by Wataru Mimura, Isao Kiriyama
Music by Keith Emerson, Nobuhiko Morino, Daisuke Yano, Akira Ifukube
Distributor TohoJP
TriStar PicturesUS
Rating PG-13
Budget ¥2,000,000,000
Box office ¥1,260,000,000
Running time 125 minutes
(2 hours, 5 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
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Farewell, Godzilla. (さらば、ゴジラ。)
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— Tagline

Godzilla: Final Wars (ゴジラ FINAL WARS,   Gojira Fainaru Uōzu) is a 2004 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the twenty-eighth installment in the Godzilla series, as well as the sixth and final in the Millennium series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 4, 2004.[1]

Plot

Extensive warfare, nuclear testing and careless science had mutated or awakened great beasts of all sorts.[2] During that period, the frequent occurrence of enormous monsters had become commonplace, and thus, the Earth Defense Force (known in short as the EDF) was established by the nations of the world. The sole purpose of the force was to combat the monsters and hopefully restore peace to the world. During the worldwide wave of monsters, mutant humans with superhuman strength and extraordinary physical capabilities were discovered whose origins or mutations were not yet understood. The EDF realized the potential and effectiveness of the mutants as super soldiers, and established a subdivision known as the M-Organization. Utilizing the mutants' handy physical feats and superior piloting skills, along with the military's best war machines, the threat was slowly subdued and the monsters were slowly, but surely, defeated.

In 1954, the greatest enemy that the EDF faced, Godzilla, first appeared and frequently menaced mankind over the years. While the EDF succeeded in defeating the other monsters, it could never overcome Godzilla. Eventually, the EDF engaged Godzilla in a final showdown in Antarctica, pitting its Type 90 Maser Cannons and advanced warship Gotengo against the monster. Godzilla easily destroyed the Maser Cannons and downed the Gotengo with his atomic breath. It was only with the help of a large earthquake that the crew of the Gotengo was able to finally triumph against Godzilla. The earthquake had caused the ground to split and cave-in beneath Godzilla, causing him to fall into a seemingly bottomless pit. This was followed immediately by an avalanche of ice and rock caused by missiles fired from the Gotengo that buried Godzilla and imprisoned him in an icy tomb.

Decades later, in the year 20XX, peace had been recognized worldwide with the exception of very rare monster attacks. The EDF had easily defeated such threats, and the monster-scare had become a thing of the past. During this time a mysterious mummified monster was found off the coast of Hokkaido and was being suspended by large support cables in the EDF warehouse/hangar and being researched. It was calculated at being 12,000 years old and composed of organic and machine tissue, making it a cyborg. It was also discovered that the monster's D.N.A. contains M Base, which was also found in Earth's mutant soldiers. The two Shobijin fairies reveal the creature's name to be Gigan, an evil monster from space that was sent to wipe out life on Earth, but was subdued by Mothra. They give the mutant, Shinichi Ozaki, a small sword, saying he has an important destiny and that he must choose his fate.

Suddenly a large group of monsters appear simultaneously and attack major cities all over the world. The EDF is dispatched and valiantly attempts to defeat the monsters. Rodan attacks New York City, Zilla attacks Sydney, Anguirus attacks Shanghai, King Caesar attacks Okinawa, Kamacuras attacks Paris, Kumonga attacks Phoenix, Arizona, and Ebirah attacks Tokai.

During the international devastation, an alien race known as the Xiliens appears and captures the monsters. After which they proposed a peaceful union with mankind. They revealed that an asteroid called Gorath was going to collide with Earth unless all weapons were aimed at it. The Secretary, who was considered dead when Rodan attacked his plane, began to pursue a new future with the Xiliens, claiming that the United Nations would become the Space Nations. However, distrust of the Xiliens began to arise. When the Secretary was attacked during an attempted assassination, his blood was analyzed and soon found to not be human. Worse, the image of Gorath displayed by the Xiliens turned out to be nothing more than a hologram. Ozaki feared that the Xiliens were plotting a takeover of Earth, and that many of their leaders could have been compromised. He could only trust one man, Captain Gordon, the one who originally fired the missiles that contained Godzilla.

Doctor Miyuki Otanashi went looking through the files of the Secretary, but was caught by the EDF leader. However, Gordon came in at the last moment and shot the EDF leader, revealing the leader to be an impostor. They brought the corpse of the imposter to the broadcast studio, where the Xiliens were being interviewed on live television. The Secretary was shot, revealing him to also be an imposter. The second-in-command of the Xiliens, known as the Controller, shot his commander, tired of the slow plans of a peaceful takeover. Using his species' control over M-base, he takes control of the mutants, excluding Ozaki, and releases the monsters to resume their attacks on the cities. He also sent out an army of small fighter ships to assist in leveling and decimating human civilization. M-Unit commander Muasaka held off his former command while the others escaped. However, their escape is hindered by Kazama, a fellow mutant, who Ozaki is able to subdue.

In a secret hanger, the Gotengo crew set out on a risky, last resort plan to defeat the Xiliens by releasing Godzilla from Area G. The Controller unleashes Gigan to follow them. They succeed in releasing Godzilla, who battles with Gigan and defeats him by decapitation. Godzilla, thinking he was still battling with the Gotengo, chases after the ship. Godzilla is first led to Sydney, where he defeats Zilla. He then proceeds to defeat Kumonga, in New Guinea, Kamacuras in Manazuru, Anguirus, King Caesar and Rodan next to Mount Fuji, and finally Ebirah and Hedorah in Tokyo Bay. He is finally brought to the Xilien mother-ship. The Gotengo attempts to destroy the mother-ship, but its shields are too strong and the Gotengo is soon kept busy with fighter ships. Kazama takes a fighter and manages to enter the mother-ship, destroying the generator, which allows the Gotengo to drill through to the core of the ship and attempt to fire the Maser. However, the Xiliens teleport on board and kill all of the non-essential crew-members, bringing Shinchi, Miyuki, Gordon and pilot Akiko Namikawa to the Controller. The Controller reveals that the Xilians want the mitochondria in human cells to survive and were simply demolishing civilization to show humanity its place as "cattle." He also reveals that he and Ozaki are Keizers, a fusion of mutant and human DNA, which is what allowed Ozaki to avoid his control. However, the Controller manages to control Ozaki until he is stopped by Miyuki, who uses the Shobijiin's sword to free him. The Secretary of Defense and the EDF leader are revealed to be alive, having somehow escaped imprisonment. As the humans make their escape, Ozaki battles the Controller, ultimately winning. Going insane, the Controller self-destructs the mother-ship, intent on taking everyone down with him. Ozaki is able to board the Gotengo just as the mother-ship is destroyed.

Godzilla battles a new, final foe known as Monster X, while Mothra battles a rebuilt Gigan. Gigan perishes as Mothra turns the cyborg's own power against him, just as the remaining crew are victorious. Godzilla is still fighting Monster X, who soon transforms into his true form, Keizer Ghidorah, who defeats Godzilla and starts to drain his life force. Ozaki transfers his "Keizer energy" to Godzilla and restores his strength and empowers him. Godzilla destroys two of Keizer Ghidorah's heads and throws him around the ruins of Tokyo. Finally, Godzilla hurls Keizer Ghidorah into the air and fires his red spiral atomic breath, which pushes Keizer Ghidorah into outer space, where he explodes. Godzilla then continues his battle against the Gotengo, using his atomic breath against the ship, forcing it to crash. Godzilla is about to attack the survivors of the Gotengo, but his son, Minilla, manages to calm Godzilla down and convinces him to leave and forgive mankind for their sins. Together, Godzilla and Minilla leave a ruined Tokyo and Godzilla lets out one final roar to commemorate 50 years of destruction.

Staff

Main article: Godzilla: Final Wars/Credits.

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

  • Directed by   Ryuhei Kitamura
  • Written by   Wataru Mimura, Isao Kiriyama
  • Produced by   Kazunari Yamanaka, Ritsuko Suzuki
  • Executive Producer   Shogo Tomiyama
  • Music by   Keith Emerson, Nobuhiko Morino, Daisuke Yano, Akira Ifukube, Sum 41, Masaru Sato
  • Cinematography by   Takumi Furuya
  • Edited by   Shuichi Kakesu
  • Production Design by   Yukiharu Seshimo
  • Assistant Director   Hiroshi Saito
  • Director of Special Effects   Eiichi Asada

Cast

Main article: Godzilla: Final Wars/Credits.

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

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla: Final Wars/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla: Final Wars (Soundtrack).

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.

  • Japan - December 4, 2004[1]
  • China - July 22, 2005
  • France - August 31, 2005

Foreign Releases

American Godzilla: Final Wars DVD cover

Godzilla: Final Wars actually had its world premiere in Los Angeles, despite not receiving theatrical release in the United States. In the majority of countries Godzilla: Final Wars was released straight to DVD. The film was released on DVD and video in Japan on July 22, 2005, and in the United States, via Sony Pictures Entertainment, on DVD on December 13, 2005. Thailand was the first country to release the film on DVD and VCD in April of 2005. It did get a theatrical release in France on August 31, 2005, with a DVD release almost a year later on August 26, 2006, and a theatrical release in China on July 22, 2005. In October of 2005, Godzilla: Final Wars had a straight to television release on Halloween in Russia with a DVD release soon after.


Box Office

Godzilla: Final Wars had the largest budget ever used in a Japanese Godzilla film, at around ¥2,000,000,000 ($20,000,000). Any hopes Toho had of Godzilla: Final Wars ending the series with a box office bang were crushed when the film opened in Japan on December 4, 2004. In its opening weekend, it came in third at the box office, with a mild $1,874,559 gross. It was crushed at the box office by Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle and Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles. The film ended its theatrical run with an unprofitable $12 million.

Reception

Godzilla: Final Wars received mixed reviews from fans. It was intended to be a "monster mash" to celebrate Godzilla's long history, but due to the large cast of monsters, each was only allowed limited screen time. Furthermore, the movie departed from previous films in the series by introducing elements of human-focused action — an addition that was variously praised and condemned. The film made a number of obvious homages to The Matrix, Independence Day, X-Men, and Star Wars, which attracted some criticism from audiences. The monster fights in Final Wars were unusually short for the series. This was done to make Godzilla appear far more powerful than he had in the past, and to solve the problem of having 14 monsters jammed into one film.

Despite these criticisms, other fans praised the action, the numerous monster appearances, and the cameos of many actors from previous Godzilla films, as well as the appearance of popular former MMA fighter Don Frye as Captain Douglas Gordon.

Video Releases

Sony DVD (2005)[3]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Special Features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (18 minutes), trailers

Sony Blu-ray (2014)[4]

  • 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: Tokyo SOS.

Videos

Trailers

Japanese Godzilla: Final Wars trailer
Japanese Godzilla: Final Wars Special Edition box set-exclusive extended trailer

Trivia

  • Godzilla: Final Wars was the final Godzilla film until the 2014 American Godzilla film, because Toho wanted to renew interest in the series. Toho didn't produce another Godzilla film until Shin Godzilla in 2016.
  • The opening of Godzilla: Final Wars features stock footage from various other Toho kaiju names, including most of the Godzilla films. However, no specific events from those films are referenced, aside from Godzilla first appearing in 1954, and the wording of that sentence suggests there is only one Godzilla in this continuity.
  • As a 50th anniversary celebratory film, a large group of actors from previous Godzilla films, both classic and recent, made appearances as main characters or cameo appearances. This goes for the monsters as well, as most of the monsters in the film had not been in a film for over 30 years.
  • The character played by Kenji Sahara in the film is named Hachiro Jinguji, which was the name of the character played by Jun Tazaki in Atragon.
  • Kumi Mizuno's character, Akiko Namikawa, shares her surname with the character Namikawa from Invasion of Astro-Monster, who was also portrayed by Mizuno.
  • After Zilla is hurled into the Sydney Opera House by Godzilla, the Controller of Planet X throws a tantrum and shouts, "I knew that tuna-eating lizard was useless!" referencing the TriStar Godzilla's diet of fish in the 1998 American film. In the English dub, Zilla instead is called a "tuna-head."
    • Patrick Tatopoulos, who designed the TriStar Godzilla for the 1998 film, was present at Godzilla: Final Wars' world premiere in Los Angeles. Despite the monster's portrayal, Tatopoulos said he was honored to have his monster appear in an official Toho Godzilla film.
  • The Canadian child played by Jordan Fleming owns a huge number of toys of various Toho kaiju, with the exception of a nondescript blue turtle which he throws into the fireplace with a cry of "You loser!" This may have been a jab at Gamera.
  • The use of "We're All To Blame" by Sum 41 during the fight with Zilla could be a reference to the fact that he is the only monster in the film to not be made in Japan. The lyrics of the song could also be a jab at TriStar and how they "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla.'"
  • Godzilla: Final Wars is the first film to have a western composer write most of the music.
  • Mothra is the only returning kaiju, other than ones appearing in stock footage, not to have a new design, appearing exactly as she did in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S..
  • King Ghidorah, Gorosaurus and Mechagodzilla were originally planned to appear in the movie instead of Monster X/Keizer Ghidorah, Zilla and the Gotengo.[5]
  • Concept art of the Giant Octopus exists for this film, showing that it was meant to appear but was scrapped.
  • This was the last Godzilla film to have a poster illustrated by artist Noriyoshi Ohrai, who had illustrated posters for most of the films since The Return of Godzilla. Ohrai passed away in 2015.
  • This was the first Godzilla film shot entirely with digital equipment.
  • Godzilla: Final Wars was the first Toho Godzilla film to receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

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Spyroew

one month ago
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I love this movie, it's my favorite movie in the franchise and in my opinion I feel like most Godzilla movies should be like this.
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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I know, right?! This is HANDS-DOWN one of my top 3 favorite Godzilla movies!
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Titanus Radon

22 days ago
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This is my 3rd favorite. Only GMK and KOTM are better.
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Pedro

one month ago
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This video give some monsters differents stats

https://www....amp;index=78
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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Wait, so FW Manda's actually 320 meters long, instead of 300?
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Jurrasiczilla

one month ago
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I watched the movie a long time ago so sorry if it was a short review.
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Jurrasiczilla

one month ago
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Review by jurrasiczilla! : this movie is absolutely bonkers.. like I mean it’s alright at bits but I don’t like the re-design of minya it just looks so..weird I mean so was the old Minya but ugh.. so moving on Gigans redesign is pretty cool and I think they purposely made Zilla look like garbage. Keizer Ghidorah was kinda cool and Godzilla in this movie just looks so thin. Fun movie nonetheless the ending with Godzilla and minilla walking back into the sea is just heartwarming - rating 8/10.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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Nobody: Literally nobody: People doing a voice forKumonga:

I'm gOiNg To AtTaCk SoMe RaNdOm JaCkA** In ThE MiDdLe Of NoWhErE!
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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XD Sounds almost like the Monster Island Buddies recap in part2 of Brandon Tenold's review on Final Wars!

https://www....=hPy1CC9P0m8
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Titanus Radon

2 months ago
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Movie Reviews: Godzilla: Final Wars.

Final Wars was one of the first Godzilla movies I watched, and, for a long time, the only Godzilla movie from the Millennium series I saw (until I watched GMK earlier this year.) Like everyone has said: yes, there is bad acting, basically no plot, and cheesiness all around, but that is not the point of the movie. This was his send off and a celebration of his 50th anniversary. The fights being short just reminds me of the sheer unstoppable power that Godzilla has. What I love most about this movie, though, is Gigan's new design; going from an ugly green and yellow, to a sleek blue color, along with giant scythes, grappling hooks, and chainsaw hands. Overall, this is a fun movie only rivaled in "fun-ness" by Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Rating: 9/10
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Godzilla 2000

3 months ago
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Godzilla: Exists

Minilla: NOTICE ME SENPAI!!
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TopMonarchScientist

3 months ago
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$20,000,000 and then the unprofitable $12,000,000.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

4 months ago
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Humans: how do we kill oversized Larry the lobster?

Mutants:observe.
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Lamango

4 months ago
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So the timeline is Godzilla, Varan, Baragon, Gaira, Gezora, Titanosaurus, Megaguirus, and Manda before the Xilians invade?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

4 months ago
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Plus a fair number of the kaiju under Xilien control, since the EDF already knows what to call them.
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GodzillaLegendaryRPG

5 months ago
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It says Mechagodzilla was supposed to appear, Which Mechagodzilla is it?
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SkullIslandExplorer

5 months ago
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Ivo Robotnik’s.
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

5 months ago
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¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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JurassicKaiju14

one month ago
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Probably Kiryu.

Now wouldn't that be interesting if this was originally going to be the third installment of the Kiryu Saga?
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AngiraBlu

one month ago
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@JurassicKaiju14: (*!brain-nova! 0o0*)
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

5 months ago
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Godzilla "snaps" his opponents "gone, reduced to atoms" if you catch my drift
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JZilla

5 months ago
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Why Do I Like This Crazy Movie This Much?

9.5/10
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A Kingdom Of Monsters

5 months ago
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I really don’t know but when the monsters attacked the cites of Earth again,did they nearly drive humans to extinction?
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Conder99

5 months ago
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Thought this was meh, it’s not G14 or All monsters attack levels of bad, buts it’s still immensely flawed
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Triceradon the 8th

6 months ago
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oh and baragon
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Triceradon the 8th

6 months ago
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this film is missing the following kaiju varan maguma megalon odako gojiren daigoro mogera kiyla from ultraman if they manage to get the rights bagan gorosaurus look what happend! and komodothrax reply please
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Godzillakid

6 months ago
Score 1
They can’t have everything ya know? It’s impressive they got as many kaiju as they could, so just be happy with what ya got, all do baragon would have been cool, I’m still very happy with what this movie has, soooo yeah
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SkullIslandExplorer

8 months ago
Score 2
Godzilla to all his opponents: “Omae Wa Mou Shindeiru!”
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5146 Adam

6 months ago
Score 3
His opponents: NANI?!
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Godzillakid

6 months ago
Score 1
His opponents: *explode*
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Godzillord

9 months ago
Score 3
At it’s best, Final Wars is an entertaining mess. The kaiju scenes are great, and the suitimation is some of the franchises best. The redesigns of classic kaiju, particularly Gigan, are well done, although I’m not a fan of Keizer Ghidorah. The human plot is laughably terrible, accompanied by easily one of the worst english dubs. The soundtrack is a mixed bag, with several un-noteworthy generic synth songs that get old fast and 3-4 genuinly great tracks, such as Gigan’s theme. I’m not the biggest fan of this movie, and don’t get the praise it receives, but i will admit that as a child i loved it.
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VaderRaptor

10 months ago
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The only problem with this movie is Minilla. Everything else is AWESOME! The other problems with the movie I really don’t. This was the first full Godzilla movie I saw on my 11th birthday so it’s close to me.
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VaderRaptor

10 months ago
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I meant I don’t care about the other problems.
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G&G-Fan

10 months ago
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A very entertaining and fun film. My only real problem is the Minilla subplot, which I hate with a passion. I don't care what anyone says, I actually like the Showa Minilla better than the Final Wars one (though Godzilla Junior trumps both, easily). His scenes, while as a kid they made me laugh, make me cringe a lot now, and it's so pointless.
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if this was the final movie for godzilla,then it would be a GREAT finale in my opinion
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Keizer Zilla

11 months ago
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So, if Kiryu was supposed to show up in this movie. Did that mean Final Wars was supposed share continuity with The Kiryu Saga?
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GodzillaIsland7.2

11 months ago
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The source doesn't say whether or not it was supposed to.
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Gojira2014

14 months ago
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wish the forum's would work again, i have a full idea on how i would make this movie. ah well, i'll just write a comment essay sometime tommorow.
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KaijuUnity

15 months ago
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Wait, was this supposed to be a sequel to Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. Also where can I find the can find the concept art of the Giant Octopus cos I can't seem to find it
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Les

15 months ago
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Godzilla: Final Wars does not share continuity with any previous Godzilla film, so no, it's not a sequel to Tokyo S.O.S. in any capacity.

As for the concept art, you can see it right here:

Concept Art - Godzilla Final Wars - Giant Octopus.png
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KingOfTheZillas98

16 months ago
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Favourite Godzilla movie
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Max Stryker

16 months ago
Score 2
It's pretty sad that this live-action movie is a much better Godzilla anime than the actual Godzilla anime.
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JZilla

5 months ago
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Yeah, but i saw it coming, still sad and disappointing,

as sad as it is to say this, Godzilla's Revenge has been dethroned in my opinion.
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Garfzilla

16 months ago
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Honestly? This film, if you ask me, is great. I don't care about the entire "too many human action scenes"- this was the second film where I found that the human scenes weren't boring (first being Gojira). As good as GMK and Millennium were, this is my favourite of the Millennium series, with my second favourite Godzilla design. Monster X is awesome.
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my favorite of the milleniun series,along with tokyo sos
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Ronney

19 months ago
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I love this movie
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Gojira2014

19 months ago
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20xx.

couldn't they have just said 2010 ... or any of the 2010's for that matter?
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Migatte

20 months ago
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This is my least favorite entry in the Millennium series, I give this a 3/5.
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Garfzilla

21 months ago
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When I first watched this film, I felt as if it was the best Godzilla film ever. In the last few times, though, I realized just how many flaws it had. Still my favourite of the Millennium, though.
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Pedro

22 months ago
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WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN THAT SCENE when King Caesar kick Anguirus and Godzilla jumped , I mean , Godzilla just jumped and Anguirus goes to the other way!???????
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Green Blob Thing

22 months ago
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The curve on Anguirus as he flew through the air made him go the other way. Also, it's a nonsensical action scene.
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Pedro

22 months ago
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Yeah.
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Pedro

25 months ago
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I'm confused, Godzilla killed Kumonga?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

25 months ago
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Confusion during a viewing of Final Wars is completely normal. In the case of Kumonga, while the film doesn't show its demise, it's safe to assume the fall was fatal.
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Green Blob Thing

25 months ago
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I think Godzilla killed all of his opponents, except for Rodan, Anguirus and King Caesar.
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Pedro

22 months ago
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Ok , but what about that scene when Caesar kick Anguirus and Godzilla jumped , I mean , Godzilla just jumped and Anguirus goes to the other way!??? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED THERE?????
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Keizer Zilla

6 months ago
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Well, a creature of that size with that amount of weight would be fatal when it hits the ground.
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Toa Hydros

28 months ago
Score 1

My Thoughts: Godzilla: Final Wars

Wow. This is probably the most flat-out insane installment in the series since "Godzilla vs Hedorah".

The tone and themes of the film are nuts: You have kaiju battles, mutants, aliens, Minilla (ugh...), bouncing-off-the-wall martial arts, references to Star Wars, acting that is beyond over the top... It's like an episode of Ultraman on crack.

Granted, it's great to so many Showa-era monsters get a modern upgrade, and the monster battles are pretty cool. Godzilla is pretty badass here, and his design is one of my favorites.

I guess the filmmakers were trying to invoke the goofy, over the top feel of the Showa series, but the already contrived alien invasion plot, combined with a draggy second act and the aforementioned acting just make it somewhat tedious to sit through.

Judging it as a standalone film, a cinematic send off and as a celebration of Godzilla's 50th anniversary, I view this as a mostly entertaining, but ultimately misguided film.
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Titanollante

30 months ago
Score 2
This movie being released at the same time as Howl's Moving Castle and The Incredibles was incredibly idiotic.
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JZilla

5 months ago
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Your correct, of course it was gonna fail at the box office if went up against Disney.
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Godzilla vs Gipsy Danger

33 months ago
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The article says this film shares no continuity, is there a source for that? Also, is there a source saying that Gotengo froze Godzilla in the 60's?
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Garfzilla

38 months ago
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My opinion: This film is a masterpiece. It includes many cool monsters, designs, and a great plot.
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Green Blob Thing

38 months ago
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While I wouldn't call it a masterpiece (it's got too many flaws), it's still one of my favourite Godzilla films of all time! It's very entertaining and I usually put it on if I need to cheer myself up.
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Garfzilla

38 months ago
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I have an idea. Gamera: Final Wars.
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Ryanhussain14

38 months ago
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Honestly, I thought this was the most disappointing movie in the Millennium series. It may be my fault since I over-hyped it, but I feel that they could have done so much more but got dragged down by a lazy script. Still good fun though.
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Titanollante

39 months ago
Score 2
I love this movie, just because it's so entertaining. Very very fun! The soundtrack is also amazing, perhaps my favorite from the Millennium era behind GMK.
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Garfzilla

38 months ago
Score 1
I'm not a fan of GMK, but i agree with you about the Entertainment and Soundtrack. And it also featured my all-time favourite song: All To Blame
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JZilla

5 months ago
Score 0
I actually like this movie more then GMK from a fun factor, but as a movie, GMK is better.
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Green Blob Thing

40 months ago
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Everyone has that one thing they can go to so they can cheer themselves up when they're sad. For me, this movie is that. Even though I love this film, I accept there are flaws with it. For example, the scene where Mr. Secretary is revealed to be alive has always bugged me. He just turns up out of the blue on board of the Xiliens spaceship and doesn't even explain how he is alive! Instead, all he says is "I managed to escape somehow"! That scene has always annoyed me.
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