Godzilla Minus One (2023)

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The Japanese poster for Godzilla Minus One
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki
Producer Minami Ichikawa et al.
Written by Takashi Yamazaki
Music by Naoki Sato
effects by
Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya
Funded by Toho[1]
Production companies TOHO Studios, ROBOT[1]
Distributor TohoJP,[1] Toho InternationalUS[2]
Rating GJP[3]
Running time 125 minutes[4]
(2 hours, 5 minutes)
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.
Postwar Japan. From zero to minus. (戦後、日本。 (ゼロ)から (マイナス)へ。)

— Tagline

Godzilla Minus One (ゴジラ-1.0 (マイナスワン),   Gojira Mainasu Wan) is an upcoming Japanese kaiju film written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with visual effects supervised by Yamazaki and directed by Kiyoko Shibuya. Funded by Toho and produced by TOHO Studios and ROBOT, it will star Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. It is the 30th mainline installment in the Godzilla series, 37th Godzilla film overall, and fifth film in the franchise's Reiwa era.

The film is set to premiere as the closer to the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival on November 1, 2023.[5] Toho will release it to more than 500 Japanese theaters beginning that November 3,[6] the same day that the original Godzilla premiered in 1954.[7] Toho International will then bring it to over 1,000 screens in North America on December 1, 2023.[2][6] Although scheduled to be released on the franchise's 69th anniversary, the film officially commemorates the 70th anniversary, which falls in 2024.[8]

The first live action Japanese Godzilla film since 2016's Shin Godzilla, Minus One will see "an already devastated postwar Japan facing a new threat in the form of Godzilla."[9]


The worst despair in the series' history strikes Japan!

After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero.
Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state.
The most desperate situation in the history of Japan.
Who? And how?
Will Japan stand up to it?[8]


A new Toho kaiju film to be directed by Takashi Yamazaki, codenamed Blockbuster Monster Movie, was announced on February 18, 2022 through a casting call posted on production company ROBOT's website,[10] as well as on the Godzilla+ application.[11] Few details were given of its premise beyond that it would involve kaiju and be set in postwar Japan between 1945 and 1947.[10][12] On November 3, during Godzilla Fest 2022, the project was revealed to be the next entry in the Godzilla franchise, with a release date set for exactly one year later on November 3, 2023.[13] Subsequent reports confirmed that Yamazaki would also write the film's script and supervise its VFX,[14][15] and that TOHO Studios would carry out production alongside ROBOT.[16] Toho held a press conference on December 13 to announce its domestic film slate for 2023,[17] during which the head of its Planning & Production Department, Hisashi Usui, hinted at a possible relation between the new film and the original Godzilla from 1954.[7]

On July 11, 2023, alongside the reveal of the film's title as Godzilla Minus One, Toho announced that the film will be released to theaters in the United States that December 1. Fansite Toho Kingdom later received clarification from the company that its American subsidiary, Toho International, will be handling distribution.[18][2] Also on July 11, Toho's Kazuaki Kishida announced via Twitter that he produced the film.[19] On August 29, the Tokyo International Film Festival announced that Godzilla Minus One will be screened as the closing film of its 36th festival on November 1, two days ahead of the film's Japanese theatrical release.[5]

Seven of the film's starring actors, the names of their characters, and the composer and other key staff were released on September 4.[20][21]


As revealed through a casting call, scenes involving extras were shot from March to June of 2022.[12] Known shooting dates and locations from that casting call included:

  • March 17-19: Aoba, Yokohama, Kanagawa (outdoors, daytime)
  • March 30-31: Kasama, Ibaraki (indoors and outdoors, all-day)
  • April 11-13: Seijo, Setagaya, Tokyo (indoors, all-day)
  • April 17-18: Nishio, Aichi (indoors, daytime)
  • May 4-5: Inashiki, Ibaraki (daytime)
  • May 9-11: Okaya, Nagano (indoors and outdoors, all-day)
  • May 12: Okaya, Nagano (outdoors, all-day)
  • May 12: Okaya, Nagano (outdoors, daytime)
  • May 13: Okaya, Nagano (indoors and outdoors, daytime)
  • May 16-20: Chikusei, Ibaraki (outdoors, daytime)
  • May 28-29: Chikusei, Ibaraki (outdoors, daytime)
  • May 30: Chikusei, Ibaraki (outdoors, daytime)
  • June 5-6, 11: Chiba

VFX company Shirogumi later opened an online recruiting call for effects designers and compositors. The webpage estimated that post-production work would take place between August 2022 and January 2023,[22] but this was subsequently changed to between November 2022 and February 2023[23] before the page was taken down completely. The film was confirmed to have entered post-production during the Toho press conference that was held on December 13, 2022.[7]


On June 12, 2023, daily profiles of the numerical Godzilla films began being posted to Twitter through the newly launched account @godzilla20231103[24] and to Godzilla+,[25] beginning with the series' 29th and most recent entry Shin Godzilla (2016), and counting backwards.[26] This culminated in a short teaser video on July 11, the day corresponding to the 'zeroth' film in the countdown, which announced that further information would be released eight hours later at 4:00 JST.[27] Despite this, the film's title and an English-language poster were revealed by Forbes three hours early.[28] Of the film's concept, Toho International President Koji Ueda explained, "Japan, which had already been devastated by the war, faces a new threat with Godzilla, bringing the country into the ‘minus.’"[28] A Japanese poster and teaser trailer followed at the expected time.[29][30] Director Takashi Yamazaki also provided comment, stating:

"Postwar Japan has lost everything. The film depicts an existence that gives unprecedented despair. The title Godzilla Minus One was created with this in mind. In order to depict this, the staff and I have worked together to create a setting where Godzilla looks as if "fear" itself is walking toward us, and where despair is piled on top of despair. I think this is the culmination of all the films I have made to date, and one that deserves to be "experienced" rather than "watched" in the theater. I hope you will experience the most terrifying Godzilla in the best possible environment."[31][8]

The following day, July 12, a host of merchandise for the film was unveiled, giving the first look at Godzilla's full body.[32] On July 14, a 2.3-meter tall statue of the Minus One Godzilla was put on display at TOHO CINEMAS Hibiya in Chiyoda, Tokyo, where it was scheduled to stay until August 31.[33] The film also has a presence at the exhibition "The Visual World-crafting of YAMAZAKI Takashi, Film Director," which opened in Yamazaki's hometown of Matsumoto, Nagano on July 15 and will run until October 29.[34] Another statue of Godzilla is placed at the entrance,[35] with a 50-centimeter tall model used for onset reference, concept art, and a rough storyboard on display inside.[36][37] Yet a third statue was displayed at Wonder Festival 2023 Summer in Chiba on July 30.[38] On August 4-6 and 8, a 3.6-meter tall Godzilla float created by artist Hiroaki Fukushi was paraded at the Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival in Aomori. Afterwards, the float, which took roughly a month to complete, was moved to the Tachineputa Museum.[39]

On August 18, Japanese baseball team the Yomiuri Giants announced that a collaboration with Godzilla Minus One will be held during their game against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at the Tokyo Dome on October 1. Along with the installation of a 2.6-meter tall statue of Godzilla, costumed Godzilla and Chibi Godzilla performers will make appearances, and a special video will be shown at the stadium.[40] On August 23, it was reported that Tokyo's Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas would screen four prior Godzilla films personally selected by Takashi Yamazaki and hold a talk from Yamazaki after each.[41] Yamazaki will also be accompanied by a different guest for each. The films are:

Date Film (Year) Format Guest
September 15 Godzilla (1954) 2014 digital remaster Shinji Higuchi
September 29 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) 35mm print Keizo Murase
October To be announced.
October To be announced.


Main article: Godzilla Minus One/Credits.

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


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




Main article: Godzilla Minus One/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Godzilla-1.0 (alternate rendering based on Japanese title)[42]
  • Blockbuster Monster Movie (超大作怪獣映画,   Chōtaisaku Kaijū Eiga, working title)[12]
  • Godzilla Zero (ゴジラ・ゼロ,   Gojira Zero, early unconfirmed title adopted by fans)[43]

Theatrical releases

Premium formats[6]


Japanese trailer
North American trailer
Japanese teaser
North American teaser
Japanese teaser #2
Trailer announcement
Teaser countdown
Press conference featuring
Takashi Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki,
Minami Hamabe, and Minami Ichikawa


  • Though Godzilla Minus One is the first Godzilla feature film Takashi Yamazaki has directed, he has helmed two previous projects involving Godzilla:
  • Godzilla Minus One's reported runtime of 125 minutes would tie it with Godzilla Final Wars (2004) as the longest Japanese Godzilla film.
  • This will be the first Godzilla movie to be primarily set before 1954. It is not the first time that an earlier setting has ever been depicted, however, as Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah involves characters time traveling to 1944.
    • Though the full span of time the film covers is unknown, a letter seen in the trailer announcement video is dated February 10, 1947 (the day the Paris Peace Treaties were signed), and describes Godzilla swimming towards Japan. Microfilm shown in the trailer bears the seal of the U.S. Department of War, which was dissolved on September 18, 1947.
  • The film's teaser trailer opens on a shot of a ruined Wako store in Ginza. The same building has appeared in several other pieces of Godzilla media, including the original Godzilla (1954).
  • Due to a miscommunication, Forbes' initial announcement of Godzilla Minus One suggested that it was in the same continuity as Shin Godzilla.[28] It has since been corrected to say that it merely "follows [up]" the movie.[44]
  • On March 17, 2022, since-suspended Japanese Twitter user @raserkey alleged to have participated in the film as an extra and seen the title "Godzilla Zero" on staff documents.[43] Though they accurately predicted that the project would be a Godzilla film before its confirmation that November, the title did not ultimately match the one which was revealed. By the time of the title announcement, however, "Godzilla Zero" had caught on in both the Japanese and English-speaking Godzilla fanbases.

External links


This is a list of references for Godzilla Minus One. 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 1.2 1.3 "山崎貴監督による70周年記念作品『ゴジラ-1.0』ティザービジュアル&特報映像が解禁! 史上最悪の“絶望”が襲来— | 2023年11月3日公開". animate Times. 12 July 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Godzilla Minus One - News Roundup". Toho Kingdom. 11 July 2023. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  3. "ゴジラ-1.0(マイナスワン)". Eirin (Film Classification and Rating Organization). Retrieved 30 August 2023.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "GODZILLA MINUS ONE Official Press Release, Trailers and Teaser Posters -- Direct From Toho! North American Theatrical Release December 1!". SciFi Japan. 11 July 2023.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "GODZILLA MINUS ONE Coming to Theaters This December". Godzilla.com. 11 July 2023.
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  11. "『超大作怪獣映画』ボランティアエキストラ募集開始!". Godzilla+. 18 February 2022.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "山崎貴監督『超大作怪獣映画』撮影が決定!!ボランティアエキストラ大募集!". ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS. Archived from the original on 19 February 2022.
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  14. "山崎貴監督で新作『ゴジラ』2023年11月3日公開決定 『シン・ゴジラ』以来、国内30作目". ORICON NEWS. 3 November 2022.
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  17. "東宝2023年のラインナップ発表 宮崎駿監督の新作、「キングダム3」、山田尚子監督のアニメーションなど". Eiga.com. 13 December 2022.
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  20. "ゴジラ生誕70周年記念の映画「ゴジラ-1.0」に神木隆之介、浜辺美波ら出演(写真8枚)". Natalie. 4 September 2023.
  21. @godzilla_jp (4 September 2023). "ゴジラ生誕70周年記念作品 『ゴジラ-1.0』(ゴジラ マイナスワン) 2023年11月3日(金・祝)、日本公開。 公式サイト:https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp #ゴジラ #神木隆之介 #浜辺美波 #山田裕貴 #青木崇高 #吉岡秀隆 #安藤サクラ #佐々木蔵之介 #ゴジラマイナスワン #Godzilla". Twitter.
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  23. "山崎貴監督ゴジラ最新作情報解禁!スタッフ募集". Shirogumi. Archived from the original on 6 February 2023.
  24. @godzilla231103 (12 June 2023). "【出現情報:#ゴジラ No.29】 『#シン・ゴジラ』(2016) ニッポン対ゴジラ 未曽有の脅威・ゴジラに対し、人間に為す術はあるのか? https://youtu.be/10xsJ3ylrLY #Godzilla #庵野秀明 #樋口真嗣". Twitter.
  25. "出現情報:ゴジラ No.29". Godzilla+. 12 June 2023.
  26. "『ゴジラ』新作のカウントダウンがTwitterで進行中?新情報を期待する声". Cinema Today. 8 July 2023.
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  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Salkowitz, Rob (11 July 2023). "Godzilla Spotted Approaching America! New Japanese Production Arriving In December". Forbes. Archived from the original on 11 July 2023.
  29. @godzilla231103 (11 July 2023). "【特報公開】 #ゴジラ 生誕70周年記念作品『ゴジラ-1.0』(ゴジラマイナスワン) 戦後、日本。史上最も絶望的な状況での襲来に、誰が?そして、どうやって?日本は立ち向かうのか。#11月3日公開 #Godzilla #山崎貴". Twitter.
  30. @godzilla231103 (11 July 2023). "【ティザービジュアル公開】 『ゴジラ-1.0』 戦後、無(ゼロ)になった日本へ追い打ちをかけるように現れたゴジラがこの国を負(マイナス)に叩き落とす 本作は2023年12月1日(金)に北米での公開も決定 #11月3日公開 #ゴジラ #Godzilla #山崎貴". Twitter.
  31. "ゴジラ-1.0:70周年記念作品のビジュアル&特報映像解禁 戦後ニッポンに襲来、絶望的状況に". MANTANWEB. 11 July 2023.
  32. "新作映画『ゴジラ-1.0』に登場するゴジラの全体像が明らかに 鋭くて威圧感たっぷり". Yahoo! News. 13 July 2023.
  33. @godzilla231103 (13 July 2023). "本日より8/31まで(予定)TOHOシネマズ日比谷にて、『ゴジラ-1.0』のスタチュー(2.3m)が出現。 #ゴジラ #Godzilla #11月3日公開". Twitter.
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  35. Tokusatsu DNA (14 July 2023). "特別展「映画監督 山崎貴の世界」、松本市美術館にて明日7/15土から!エントランスには、なんと 『ゴジラ-1.0』のスタチューが‼️ 松本へ急げ💨 #GODZILLA #山崎貴監督". Twitter.
  36. @g_misterbuster (14 July 2023). "ゴジラマイナスワン、50cmサイズの造形物展示されてます。予告で見たのよりバランスが良く、かなりカッコイイです。リプ欄に沢山画像あげますのでどうぞご覧ください。". Twitter.
  37. @g_misterbuster (14 July 2023). "ゴジラマイナスワン ラフコンテ。". Twitter.
  38. "ゴジラ-1.0:巨大ゴジラがワンフェスに 岩のような外皮 天を向く鋭い背びれ". MANTANWEB. 30 July 2023.
  39. "ゴジラねぷた出陣へ/五所川原、映画PR". Navitabi. 3 August 2023.
  40. "10月1日のヤクルト戦で『ゴジラ-1.0』とのコラボ企画を実施". Yomiuri Giants. 18 August 2023.
  41. "【「ゴジラ-1.0」公開記念】山崎貴監督が選ぶ"ゴジラ4作品"を特別上映 トークショー付イベントを実施". Eiga.com. 24 August 2023.
  42. "S.H.MonsterArts GODZILLA [2023]". TAMASHII WEB. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  43. 43.0 43.1 @raserkey (17 March 2022). "東宝の超大作怪獣映画のエキストラ参加してきたが記念品はノーブランドのランタンだった。貰った時、みんな顔死んでた。あとスタッフが持ってた資料に『ゴジラ・ゼロ』って書いてあったわ笑 #山崎貴". Twitter. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022.
  44. Salkowitz, Rob (11 July 2023). "Godzilla Spotted Approaching America! New Japanese Production Arriving In December". Forbes.


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