Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex (2022)
|Godzilla Fest short films|
Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex (ゴジラ VS ガイガンレクス is a 3D-animated Gojira buiesu Gaigan Rekusu)Godzilla short film written and directed by Takuya Uenishi. It is a sequel to Uenishi's 2019 fan film G vs. G, which he submitted to GEMSTONE's Godzilla contest, winning the chance to work with Toho in an official capacity. It was screened during Godzilla Fest 2022 on November 3, 2022 and subsequently released on YouTube.
It has been roughly a quarter of a century since Godzilla was last seen, following a fearsome battle. With the world at peace from giant monster attacks, people have largely forgotten the past struggles, with the exception of the narrator. However, this changes when waves of Gigan Miles appear and attack Japan. A squadron of JSDF F-35 fighter jets engage a Gigan Miles in the atmosphere, but the monster proves impervious to their missiles. The jets are swiftly outflanked and destroyed when the cyborg monster out maneuvers and attacks back with its arms and energy beams. On the ground as more jets fly into battle, a tank battalion fires upon another Gigan Miles to little effect before yet another cyborg monster ambushes them. As the Gigan Miles squadron amass in the now ruined city to lay waste to it, another of their number falls to the ground after having its throat torn out by an unknown assailant.
Godzilla makes himself known and confronts the Gigan Miles group. One of the cyborgs attempts to strike at Godzilla with its spiked arms and tail, only to be caught and smashed into the ground. Godzilla finishes off the first attacker with a stomp to the neck, but has to dodge the bladed strikes of another, which slashes apart a building instead. Another Gigan Miles joins the fray by pouncing atop Godzilla's back. Activating its buzz saw, it tries to carve into Godzilla as its cohort fires upon him at range with its energy beam. Godzilla manages to best both attackers by first blowing apart the one latched onto his back with a surge of power through his dorsal spines, then loosing a salvo of explosive atomic breath at the other.
As Godzilla appeared victorious, a strange object crashes down from the sky to challenge him: the leader and most powerful of the attacking monsters, Gigan Rex.
Gigan Rex lashes at Godzilla with his Rex Blades, striking his arms with precision force. Next, the slit on Gigan Rex's chest splits open, revealing a large eye that fires a powerful laser. Knocked to the ground, Godzilla returns fire at Gigan Rex, causing the cyborg to leap out in the air and retaliate with another swipe from his Rex Blades. After slashing through several buildings, the extending chain blades are caught by Godzilla, who swings Gigan Rex into the buildings below. Gigan Rex tries to stabilize himself using the sharp prongs on his tail as an anchor, but Godzilla sends him flying again with the whip of his own tail and tries to finish Gigan Rex with another beam of atomic energy. Gigan Rex blocks the beam in between his claws. His forehead piece glows as he summons assistance.
Nine more Gigan Miles fly down from the sky. The cyborgs retract some of their skin to expose their buzz saws to a greater extent and dive in. The squadron begins an all-out assault on Godzilla, flying past to attack him with their saws as Gigan Rex fires his chest beam from a distance. The Gigan Miles finally dog-pile onto him in an attempt to cut him to pieces with their saws.
Godzilla, just as all hope seemed lost, begins surging with energy. He enters an enhanced state with his chest and dorsal spines glowing white. He uses a nuclear pulse followed by a powerful blast of atomic breath to destroy three of the Gigan Miles. The remaining six Gigan Miles, under the command of Gigan Rex, give up their life force to empower him with glowing cores of energy from their bodies. Forming an arcane aura of red energy from his newly siphoned power, Gigan Rex unleashed a final chest laser in a last-ditch effort to destroy the King of the Monsters. Godzilla fires back with a white atomic breath. As their blasts of energy collide, the city is shrouded in blinding white light; as it subsides, Gigan Rex's charred body fall to the ground as Godzilla reigns victorious.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Takuya Uenishi
- Written by Takuya Uenishi
- Executive producer Keiji Ota
- Co-executive producers Akito Takahashi, Tetsuya Yoshikawa
- Produced by Shunsuke Yanagisawa
- Stock music by Akira Ifukube, Reijiro Koroku, Ludwig van Beethoven
- Visual effects by Takuya Uenishi
- VFX producer Hiromasa Inoue
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Megumi Odaka as narrator (voice)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
The sequel to G vs. G was announced for a 2021 release during Godzilla Fest 2020 Online on November 3, 2020. It was later rescheduled to a fall 2022 release to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Godzilla vs. Gigan.
A trailer was released on September 20, 2022, revealing its title of Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex as well as its release date.
Bandai Movie Monster Series Gigan Rex and Godzilla
- G vs. G 2 (early title)
Fathom Events screened Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex alongside Godzilla: Tokyo SOS in select U.S. cinemas on March 22, 2023.
- The opening shot of Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex echoes the final shot of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, with a voiceover by Miki Saegusa actress Megumi Odaka explaining that Godzilla last appeared a quarter of a century ago, the approximate time between the release of the two films. This, alongside the inclusion of "The Psychic Chorus" in that scene, could imply that Godzilla is meant to be the adult Godzilla Junior within the context of the film.
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