Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

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Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
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Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
Producer Shogo Tomiyama, Takahide Morichi
Written by Wataru Mimura
Music by Michiru Oshima
Distributor TohoJP, TriStar PicturesUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥1,000,000,000
Box office ¥1,910,000,000
Running time 88 minutes
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Startup - Resonance - Smashed Ice (起動・共鳴・氷砕)

— Japanese tagline

Fight 'til crumbled!

— International tagline

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (ゴジラ× (たい)メカゴジラ,   Gojira tai Mekagojira) is a 2002 tokusatsu kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Wataru Mimura, with special effects by Yuichi Kikuchi. Produced by Toho Pictures, it is the 26th installment in the Godzilla series as well as the fourth in the Millennium series. It stars Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Koh Takasugi, Yusuke Tomoi, Koichi Ueda, Kumi Mizuno, and Akira Nakao. The film was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on December 14, 2002.[1] Columbia TriStar Home Video released the film on DVD in the United States in 2004.

Yet another reboot to the Godzilla continuity, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla reintroduces Godzilla's popular foe Mechagodzilla for the Millennium series. When a second Godzilla attacks Japan in 1999, the Japanese government dredges up the bones of the first Godzilla from 1954 and uses them to construct an anti-Godzilla weapon codenamed Kiryu. Kiryu is completed in 2003, when Godzilla returns to menace Yokohama. Kiryu is sent to combat Godzilla, but the monster's roar awakens the first Godzilla's soul within the cyborg, causing Kiryu to go berserk. Kiryu's lead scientist Tokumitsu Yuhara races to rectify this error in the cyborg before Godzilla makes landfall again. But even if Kiryu is fixed, the question remains if the government would willingly launch it again. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla was followed by a direct sequel, Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, in 2003.

Plot[edit | edit source]

45 years after the original Godzilla's attack on Tokyo, a second Godzilla emerges and attacks Tateyama in 1999. The JXSDF is unable to defeat or even harm the monster. During the battle, Type 90 Maser Cannon operator Akane Yashiro accidentally backs into another vehicle, sending her commanding officer and its other occupants right into Godzilla's path, where they are killed. Akane is demoted in the aftermath and the Japanese government decides to commission a cyborg constructed from the first Godzilla's bones with help from the country's top scientists.

Four years later in 2003, the cyborg, named Kiryu, is finished and inducted into the JXSDF along with its human pilots, the Kiryu Squad. To Akane's surprise, she is made the primary pilot of the squadron, though Second Lieutenant Susumu Hayama still blames her for the death of his brother. A demonstration of Kiryu's abilities, including the Absolute Zero Cannon, which can effectively disintegrate enemies, is held for officials. At the same time, Godzilla reappears at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea paradise, prompting the JXSDF to immediately deploy Kiryu. During the battle, Kiryu unleashes most of its weaponry against Godzilla, who is seemingly too shocked to respond. Just before Akane uses the Absolute Zero Cannon to finish him off, Godzilla roars, causing Kiryu to freeze and remember its past life. Godzilla uses the opportunity to slip back into the sea, while an enraged Kiryu proceeds to rampage through the city for several hours before running out of power.

Kiryu is brought back to headquarters for further work, including weapon upgrades and computer software improvement. Meanwhile, Akane tries to settle matters with Hayama, and meets with scientist Tokumitsu Yuhara, who offers to buy her dinner, and his daughter Sara. Realizing that Godzilla's roar triggered Kiryu's rampage, he is able to implement system countermeasures to prevent it from happening again. However, due to mounting concerns, Kiryu is put out of commission for the time being.

When Godzilla appears for a third time, the JXSDF finds itself helpless without Kiryu's assistance, and Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi caves and allows the machine to be sent into battle with Akane at the controls. The fight appears to be going well, with Kiryu making use of most of his lesser weapons to contend with Godzilla, who is eventually knocked down. However, when Akane attempts to use the Absolute Zero Cannon, Godzilla uses a blast of his atomic breath to send Kiryu flying, and the weapon's misfire causes the cyborg's receiver to be damaged. Akane enters the maintenance hatch to take manual control of the cyborg as an AC-3 White Heron diverts massive amounts of power from the surrounding area to recharge it. With Kiryu back in the fight, Akane gains the upper hand and begins flying Godzilla out to sea while preventing him from using his atomic breath. However, both monsters plunge into the ocean as the Absolute Zero Cannon is charging, which allows Godzilla to survive the blast at point-blank range while the weapon itself is destroyed. With Kiryu's power supply exhausted and considerable damage sustained by the cyborg, Akane and the JSDF can only watch as Godzilla retreats with a massive chest wound, ending the conflict in a draw.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla/Credits.

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

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Yumiko Shaku   as   Lieutenant Akane Yashiro, Kiryu Squad Operator
  • Shin Takuma   as   Professor Tokumitsu Yuhara
  • Kana Onodera   as   Sara Yuhara
  • Koh Takasugi   as   Lieutenant Togashi, Kiryu Squad Commander
  • Yusuke Tomoi   as   Lieutenant Susumu Hayama, Kiryu Squad AC-3 White Heron Units 3 and 6 Pilot
  • Shinji Morisue   as   Hayama's older brother
  • Junichi Mizuno   as   Lieutenant Kenji Sekine, Kiryu Squad AC-3 White Heron Units 3 and 6 Pilot
  • Eiji Oki   as   Television host
  • Tomohiko Ebihara   as   AC-3 White Heron pilot
  • Jun Aoki   as   White Heron pilot
  • Masahiko Sakata   as   Analysis department worker
  • Hiroaki Iyama   as   Air Self-Defense Forces executive
  • Midori Hagio   as   Professor Kaoru Yamada, microwave scientist
  • Akira Shirai   as   Professor Shinji Akamatsu, robotics engineer
  • Naomasa Musaka   as   Professor Goro Kanno, low temperature physicist
  • Yukikazu Kano   as   Hishinuma
  • Takeo Nakahara   as   Staff Sergeant Ichiyanagi
  • Koichi Ueda   as   Dobashi, Director General of the Defense Agency
  • Kumi Mizuno   as   Prime Minister Machiko Tsuge
  • Akira Nakao   as   Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi, formerly Minister of Science and Technology
  • Musashi Miura   as   JSDF personnel
  • Yoko Sato   as   Iyama disaster site announcer
  • Katsumi Ide   as   NWK Announcer
  • Ken Yamamoto   as   Type 90 Maser Cannon gunner
  • Hiroshi Nishioka   as   Hishinuma's subordinate
  • Anzu Nagai   as   Sara's friend
  • Hitomi Tomashino   as   Sara's friend
  • Yuki Takahashi   as   Sara's friend
  • Nobuhiro Nishihara   as   Sara's friend
  • Paul Kaminski   as   Foreign journalist
  • Maria Theresa Gow   as   Foreign journalist
  • Hideki Matsui   as   Himself
  • Takehiro Murata   as   Tateyama convenience store clerk
  • Taro J. Sugisaka   as   Man evacuating by car
  • Shingo Yanagisawa   as   Man crushed by Godzilla in Tateyama
  • Katsuo Nakamura   as   Yasushi Torisawa
  • Misato Tanaka   as   Tsujimori, nurse at Shinagawa East Hospital
  • Toshiyuki Nagashima   as   Lieutenant Miyagawa
  • Shosuke Tanihara   as   Trooper Kudo
  • Naomi Fujiyama   as   Evacuating patient in Shinagawa
  • Minoru Tanaka   as   Defense Agency Technical Institute security guard
  • Tetsu Watanabe   as   Special executive B
  • Jun Eto   as   Special executive
  • Mitsuru Fukikoshi   as   Announcer in Tateyama
  • Sawako Kitahara   as   Yuhara's wife
  • Yasuo Kurashiki   as   Ground SDF trooper
  • Tsutomu Kitagawa   as   Godzilla / First Generation Godzilla / Maser Cannon crew
  • Hirofumi Ishigaki   as   Kiryu / Maser Cannon crew
  • Masaaki Tezuka   as   AMF officer
  • Wataru Mimura   as   Refugee
  • Hiroshi Kashiwabara   as   Refugee
  • Masahiro Yokotani   as   Refugee
  • Makoto Kamiya   as   Refugee
  • Shinji Nishikawa   as   Kiryu mechanic
  • Yasushi Torisawa   as   Kiryu mechanic
  • Hiroshi Maruyama   as   Kiryu mechanic
  • Kenji Suzuki   as   Maser Cannon crew
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (stock footage)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

Godzilla x Mechagodzilla logo
  • Godzilla × Mechagodzilla (literal Japanese title)
    • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (alternate translation)
  • GXMG (abbreviated title)
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (III) (Australia / New Zealand DVD title)[2]
  • The Return of Mechagodzilla (Powrót Mechagodzilli; Poland)

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

View all posters for the film here.

  • Japan - December 13, 2002[1]   [view poster]Japanese poster
  • South Korea - January 2003

U.S. release[edit | edit source]

U.S. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla DVD cover

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla was released on DVD in the United States by TriStar Pictures in 2004. TriStar used Toho's uncut international print of the film, including both the English dub and the original Japanese audio.

Box office[edit | edit source]

Budgeted at roughly $8,500,000, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla opened in Japan on December 13, 2002, and earned $2,253,231 in its opening weekend. It went on to gross approximately $16,000,000 in Japan, making it the second biggest of the Millennium Godzilla films at the box office. It sold approximately 1,700,000 admissions.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is generally liked by Godzilla fans for introducing what some consider the best incarnation of Mechagodzilla.

Mike Pinsky of DVD Talk gave the film three stars out of five, saying: "While I did have some minor complaints, [this is] a fine entry in the series." Pinsky said "the plot is more interesting than most giant monster movies," and "the battle scenes, which are the main reason anyone watches these films to begin with, were great." Matt Paprocki of Blog Critics said the film is "pretty flawed, [but] those of us who still love seeing Japan get trampled are in for a treat." Stomp Tokyo praised the "great monster fight action" but criticized the "uncompelling non-monster scenes." Giving the film a "B+" score, Mark Zimmer of Digitally Obsessed said that it was "a good deal of fun and one of the better entries in the series." Digital Monster Island gave the film a "B" rating, calling it "a fun and exciting film that should please most kaiju fans."

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Toho DVD (2003)

  • Region: 2
  • Audio: Japanese

Universal Laser & Video DVD (2003)

  • Region: 3
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono), Cantonese (2.0 Surround and DTS)
  • Special features: Japanese trailers for Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
  • Notes: Includes traditional and simplified Chinese subtitles. Out of print.

TriStar DVD (2004)[3]

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

Madman DVD (2004)

  • Region: 4

Sony Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Special features: Teaser for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and trailer for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
  • Notes: Packaged with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Japanese Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla trailer #1
Japanese Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla trailer #2

Trivia[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. 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 ゴジラ×メカゴジラ|ゴジラ 東宝公式サイト (official Godzilla.jp page)
  2. Godzilla - Millennium Series Boxset - DVD - Madman Entertainment
  3. Amazon.com: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2004)
  4. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks, 2012. Pages 276-279. ISBN 9784864910132.
  5. Godzilla X Mechagodzilla 2003 (Toho SF Special Effects Film Series SPECIAL EDITION). Toho Publishing, 2003. ISBN 4924609838.


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