Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

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Godzilla 2000: Millennium
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
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Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy (2000)
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Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
Producer(s) Shogo Tomiyama
Written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
Music by Michiru Oshima, Akira Ifukube
Distributor TohoJP,
TriStar PicturesUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥950,000,000
Box office ¥1,200,000,000
Running time 105 minutesJP
(1 hour, 45 minutes)
88 minutesUS, TV
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Godzilla disappears. (ゴジラが消える。)

— Tagline

Earth's greatest death battle. (地球最大の死闘 (デス・バトル)。)

— Tagline

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (ゴジラ×メガギラス 消滅作戦,   Gojira tai Megagirasu Jī Shōmetsu Sakusen, lit. Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy) is a 2000 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the twenty-fourth installment in the Godzilla series, as well as the second in the Millennium series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 16, 2000.[1]

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus follows the trend of Godzilla 2000: Millennium, being another continuity reboot to the series ignoring every film except the original. In this continuity, Godzilla has attacked Japan on and off since first raiding Tokyo in 1954. Following his most recent attack on the new Japanese capital of Osaka in 1996, the government forms the special anti-Godzilla unit the G-Graspers. Their ultimate weapon is the Dimension Tide, a miniature black hole gun which is believed capable of sealing Godzilla within another dimension. The weapon's test firing creates a wormhole which allows a Meganula to deposit its egg in the present day, giving birth to an entire swarm of the creatures. The Meganula steal Godzilla's energy and transfer it to their queen, transforming her into the gigantic Megaguirus. The G-Graspers race to use the Dimension Tide against Godzilla before he levels all of Tokyo, while Godzilla must contend with Megaguirus, who intends to steal the rest of his energy.


In 1954, repeated nuclear testing revived a prehistoric beast called Godzilla, who proceeded to decimate the city of Tokyo in retaliation. After leaving the city as a smoking ruin, Godzilla vanished into Tokyo Bay. Tokyo was forced to undergo an extensive period of reconstruction, while the Japanese government moved its capital to Osaka. Despite the setback, Japan continued its postwar economic redevelopment over the course of the next decade, embracing nuclear power and putting Godzilla's attack behind it. However, in 1966, Godzilla returned and attacked the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant, feeding on its nuclear reactor. An investigation revealed that Godzilla was attracted by atomic energy, and had been drawn to Japan by the presence of nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy was subsequently banned, and the nation struggled to find a new source of energy to fill the void. The government founded the Bureau of Science and Technology, headed by Motohiko Sugiura, to research new clean sources of energy. A breakthrough was finally found in the form of plasma energy, which was a clean, limitless, and non-nuclear form of energy. It seemed Japan had finally found a stable energy source that posed no danger whatsoever.

That was until 1996, when Godzilla appeared to feed on the plasma reactor in Osaka. The JSDF deployed a team of commandos armed with rocket launchers to try and halt the beast, but their weapons proved useless. Godzilla massacred several of the soldiers, including their commanding officer. Kiriko Tsujimori witnessed her commander being crushed by debris during the battle, and swore vengeance against Godzilla. Five years later, Tsujimori is now part of an elite anti-Godzilla unit of the JSDF known as the G-Graspers, headquartered in Tokyo. They research new methods of combating Godzilla and track the monster's movements and predict the possibility of him returning to Japan. Tsujimori and some of her colleagues recruit inventor Hajime Kudo to their team and offer him a job working on their latest anti-Godzilla weapon: the Dimension Tide, a satellite-mounted device capable of firing a miniaturized black hole intended to imprison Godzilla for all eternity. Kudo works alongside his former college professor Yoshino Yoshizawa to complete the device. When the Dimension Tide nears completion, it is test-fired on an abandoned building in the outskirts of Tokyo. A young boy named Jun Hayasaka is wandering the area and witnesses the Dimension Tide's successful test-firing. He is caught by the G-Graspers, but Tsujimori allows him to leave as long as he promises to keep what he witnessed a secret. Jun agrees, and Tsujimori cheerfully sends him off. With the test-firing otherwise a success, Kudo and Yoshizawa begin work on mounting the Dimension Tide onto a satellite.

The night after the test-firing, a gigantic dragonfly enters through a time-space distortion left behind by the Dimension Tide. Jun witnesses the creature fly past, and follows it out into the forest. He sees it fly back through the wormhole and disappear, but finds a large blue egg seemingly left behind by the creature. Jun brings it back to his apartment in Tokyo, but notices when it begins secreting slimy liquid. Jun decides to throw the egg away, but when he learns that there is no garbage collection today, he dumps it into the sewer instead. The egg floats away into the depths of the sewers under Shibuya, and begins splitting apart into multiple smaller eggs. As days pass, the sewers become backed up and water begins flooding into the streets of Shibuya. One of the eggs hatches into a huge dragonfly nymph, which comes to the surface and brutally kills two civilians before scaling a nearby building. The nymph's skin breaks open, and from it emerges a giant dragonfly, identical to the one that passed through the wormhole. The dragonfly flies through the night sky, and Jun sees it fly past his bedroom. He meets with Tsujimori and tells her that it was his fault that the two civilians were killed in Shibuya. Tsujimori assures Jun it isn't his fault, and says it was likely the G-Graspers' fault instead. An insect must have gotten too close to the Dimension Tide firing and was mutated by it. However, Jun shows her one of his entomology books and says that the culprit of the killings was a Meganulon, the nymph of a prehistoric dragonfly called Meganula, which lived during the Carboniferous period. Tsujimori is called back to G-Grasper HQ, where satellite photographs have revealed what appears to be Godzilla's atomic breath shooting out of the ocean at an unidentified flying object, which Tsujimori recognizes as the Meganula. Tsujimori and two of her colleagues travel to the location of the photograph inside the GX-813 Griffon, an advanced VTOL aircraft. Tsujimori is lowered onto a raft above the ocean to investigate the Meganula's carcass, but as she takes a skin sample from it the water begins to erupt and Godzilla surfaces. Tsujimori jumps from the raft and climbs onto Godzilla's back, then fires a tracer bullet created by Kudo into one of his dorsal plates. Godzilla submerges back under the ocean, and the G-Graspers release an SGS to follow his movements. The giant insect's skin sample is researched and confirmed to belong to a Meganula, which must have entered the present day through the wormhole left by the Dimension Tide. At this time, the G-Graspers are informed that all of Shibuya is underwater, and residents are being evacuated by boat. Kudo invents a Mini-SGS to search the flooded streets, and its cameras reveal clutches of huge eggs under the flooded streets.

Godzilla is sighted heading toward the island of Kiganjima, and the G-Graspers receive permission from the government to use the Dimension Tide against him. Kudo and Yoshizawa are upset that they are being rushed to complete the device, but Tsujimori apologizes and assures them this is their best chance to finally end Godzilla's reign of terror. The device is completed and launched into space, then prepared for use. Tsujimori and her crew use the Griffon to lure Godzilla ashore on Kiganjima, and allow the Dimension Tide to lock onto him. Meanwhile, the JSDF discovers thousands of Meganulon perched on the side of a building in Shibuya. They open fire on the creatures, which molt their skin and metamorphose into Meganula then fly to Kiganjima. Just as the Dimension Tide locks onto Godzilla, thousands of Meganula fly overhead and obscure the device's targeting screen. The huge insects begin swarming onto Godzilla and draining his energy with their stingers. Godzilla smashes several of them with his hands, feet and tail, then incinerates a great deal of them with his atomic breath. With the Meganula's numbers diminished, the Dimension Tide successfully locks onto Godzilla and fires its miniature black hole. Godzilla vanishes and the G-Graspers believe for a moment they have won, but Godzilla soon surfaces from underground and returns to the ocean. Most of the Meganula are dead, but the survivors return to the flooded streets of Shibuya and begin transferring the energy they stole from Godzilla into the gigantic cocoon of their queen. The Meganula die as they do this, but their queen emerges from her cocoon as a monstrous Godzilla-Meganula hybrid. The queen flies out of the water and roars, then begins flapping her wings rapidly, causing surrounding buildings to shatter and collapse. Kudo is buried under rubble in this moment, then awakens in a hospital the following day with a broken arm. He describes what he saw to a scientist, who confirms that the creature he saw is known as Megaguirus. A subject chosen among the Meganula as their queen, Megaguirus was unstoppable in the Carboniferous period and killed any and all creatures it came into contact with in order to expand its territory.

Not long after, Godzilla appears from Tokyo Bay, attracted to something in the city. The Griffon engages him and tries to lure him to an open area where the Dimension Tide can be fired, but Godzilla stops dead in his tracks and stares up into the sky. Megaguirus descends in front of the Griffon and challenges Godzilla to battle, intent on stealing the rest of his energy. The flapping of her wings causes a severe electrical disturbance, which disables the Griffon's flight and knocks out the Dimension Tide's targeting computer. The Griffon safely lands on a rooftop, but the Dimension Tide begins falling out of orbit. Kudo accesses the computer and restores power to the Dimension Tide, but cannot prevent it from falling from orbit. Godzilla and Megaguirus engage in a fierce battle, with Megaguirus flying circles around her foe and repeatedly battering and stinging him. She throws Godzilla into a building, then uses her claw to topple a structure near the top of the building onto Godzilla's head. As the battle rages on, Godzilla gains the upper hand and slices off Megaguirus' hand with his dorsal plates. Megaguirus tries to sting Godzilla again, but Godzilla grabs her tail and impales her stinger into the ground, leaving her unable to move as he jumps into the air and slams into Megaguirus. Megaguirus takes flight again and aims her stinger at Godzilla's head, but Godzilla catches it in his mouth. Godzilla snaps his jaws shut and bites off the tip of Megaguirus' stinger, causing her severe pain. As Megaguirus tries to back away, Godzilla fires his atomic breath directly at her, setting Megaguirus ablaze and causing her to fall from the sky. Godzilla blasts her again as she falls, and she explodes once she strikes the ground. Godzilla roars victoriously, then continues making his way through Tokyo. Tsujimori and Yoshizawa learn that Sugiura was illegally keeping a plasma reactor in the Bureau of Science and Technology's facility in Tokyo. Tsujimori punches him and accuses him of sacrificing countless lives for his own greed and ambition, then storms off and takes command of the Griffon. She contacts Kudo and tells him to lock the Dimension Tide onto the Griffon, then she will fly the craft over Godzilla just as the device fires. Kudo agrees, and locks onto the ship. Tsujimori flies over Godzilla as he is feeding on the plasma reactor, then jettisons from the Griffon and descends safely to the ground in a parachute. The Griffon crashes into Godzilla, enraging him. He sees the Dimension Tide falling above him and firing its black hole, and counters with his atomic breath. This triggers an explosion that envelops the entire area, and when the smoke clears only a crater remains and Godzilla is nowhere to be seen. Tsujimori and the G-Graspers celebrate at last, with Godzilla finally beaten once and for all. Or so they believe.

Only a few weeks later, Tsujimori visits Kudo in Akihabara and informs him that seismic activity has been detected under Tokyo. She proposes that it is possible Godzilla managed to escape from the black hole and was once again just buried underground. While Jun is attending school, he witnesses Japan's worst fears come true as Godzilla emerges from the ground and lets out a terrifying roar.


Main article: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus/Credits.

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


Main article: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus/Credits.

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

  • Misato Tanaka   as   Major Kiriko Tsujimori, G-Grasper Captain
  • Shosuke Tanihara   as   Hajime Kudo
  • Masanobu Katsumura   as   Warrant Officer Makoto Nikura, G-Grasper Spokesperson
  • Mansaku Ikeuchi   as   Master Sergeant Kazuo Mima, G-Grasper Operator
  • Hiroyuki Suzuki   as   Jun Hayasaka
  • Makiya Yamaguchi   as   First Lieutenant Seiichi Hosono, G-Grasper Pilot
  • Tetsuo Yamashita   as   Third Lieutenant Tomoharu Okumura, G-Grasper crew member
  • Toshiyuki Nagashima   as   Captain Takuya Miyagawa, Anti-Godzilla Special Forces
  • Katsuo Nakamura   as   Dr. Kou Yamaguchi, Special G Countermeasures Headquarters Biologist
  • Kazuko Kato   as   Kaoru Hayasaka
  • Masato Ibu   as   Motohiko Sugiura, Special Anti-G Director
  • Yuriko Hoshi   as   Dr. Yoshino Yoshizawa, Special G Countermeasures Science Team First Laboratory Physicist
  • Koichi Ueda   as   Government official
  • Susumu Kurobe   as   Maritime Self-Defense Forces executive
  • Shigeo Kato   as   Special Anti-G receptionist
  • Keiko Shinohe   as   Neighborhood lady
  • TOMO (Yuji)   as   Young man attacked by Meganulon in Shibuya
  • Motoko Nagino   as   Young woman attacked by Meganulon in Shibuya
  • Gokuraku Tombo   as   Waterworks officials
  • Koichi Yamadera   as   Oha Suta host
  • Emi Ota   as   Oha Suta host
  • Masaya Matsukaze   as   S1 staff
  • Hiroshi Kashiwabara   as   Government official / evacuating homeless man
  • Masaaki Tezuka   as   Elementary school teacher
  • Shinsuke Kasai   as   Refugee in Odaiba
  • Wataru Mimura   as   Maritime Self-Defense Forces executive
  • Eiji Hanawa   as   News announcer (voice)
  • Yusaku Yara   as   Narrator
  • Tsutomu Kitagawa   as   Godzilla
  • Minoru Watanabe   as   Megaguirus



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Alternate Titles

  • Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy (Literal Japanese Title)
  • GXM (Abbreviated Title)

Theatrical Releases

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  • Japan - December 16, 2000[1]   [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Poland - December 21, 2001

U.S. Release

American Godzilla vs. Megaguirus DVD cover

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus premiered in the U.S. at the Pickwick Theater on July 13th, 2002, as part of G-FEST '02. The Sci-Fi Channel aired its U.S. television debut on August 31st, 2003.[2]

The film was released on DVD in the United States by TriStar Pictures in 2004. Along with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, which had the same street date, it was the first official American release of a Japanese Godzilla film to include the original audio, though the subtitles came from the English dub's script. This release also used Toho's international title card, marking the first time TriStar did not create its own title card for a release. TriStar would do the same for each of its subsequent Godzilla DVDs.

Box Office

The budget of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is estimated at $8,300,000. It opened in Japan on December 16, 2000 and grossed approximately $10,000,000, making it the second lowest-grossing entry in the Millennium Godzilla series. Total admissions in Japan were approximately 1,350,000, the worst for the series since Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975.


Video Releases

Toho DVD (2001) [Box Set]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Five trailers and six TV spots for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, two teaser trailers for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, audio commentary by Masaaki Tezuka, Kenji Suzuki and Misato Tanaka, audio commentary by Michiru Oshima and Kyoko Kitahara, cast profiles, making-of feature (40 minutes), Godzilla Promotion Campaigns featurette focusing on marketing for the series since 1954 (42 minutes), "Tamao Sato and the Godzilla Lab" featurette which includes public appearances by MireGoji attraction suits (25 minutes), storyboards, soundtrack for the film on CD, production booklet
  • Notes: Out of print.

Universal Laser & Video DVD (2001)

  • Region: 3
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround), Cantonese (2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese (simplified and traditional)
  • Special Features: Japanese trailer
  • Notes: Out of print.

TriStar Pictures DVD (2004)

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

Madman DVD (2005)

  • Region: 4

Sony Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: 3 trailers for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (2 teasers, 1 theatrical) and 2 trailers for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (1 teaser, 1 theatrical)
  • Notes: Packaged with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.


Japanese Godzilla 2001 teaser
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Japanese Godzilla vs. Megaguirus TV spots


External Links


This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. 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×メガギラス G消滅作戦. Godzilla.jp. Archived from the original on 16 December 2016.
  2. Romero, Anthony (27 June 2003). GXM and GMK to be shown on Sci-fi. Toho Kingdom. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017.
  3. Nishikawa, Shinji. Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla. Yosensha. p. 186. 9 June 2016. ISBN: 978-4800309594.


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Titanus Gojira

16 days ago
Score 0
this was my first actual Toho Godzilla movie


4 months ago
Score 0
This movie makes me wonder: would Japan have realistically moved their capital to Osaka after a tragedy like that? I don't know whether it's unrealistic or if it actually makes sense.


6 months ago
Score 0
Good Fight, Wonky Plot tHERES nO bACKUP fILE!


8 months ago
Score 0
I'm still lost on why Toho just didn't make this a sequel to Godzilla 2000 and save us the confusion.

The King of the Monsters

8 months ago
Score 2
Toho's original plan was to do three standalone Godzilla movies to begin the Millennium series, and whatever was the most successful was to be the jumping-off point for the next series of films. This didn't pan out because G2K and GxM underperformed while GMK was the most successful of the three. Toho decided to bring back Tezuka and just have him direct another standalone film, and by 2004 momentum had petered out and Toho decided to just cut their losses and end the Millennium series. One could say the Millennium series was kind of a failed experiment.


8 months ago
Score 0
More like a waste of money. (Considering the number of films in the series)


8 months ago
Score 0
You have a point considering Final Wars was the most expensive movie in the Millennium series and made the leastmoney since (I think) Terror of Mechagodzilla.

The H-Man

8 months ago
Score 0
Kaneko also likely didn't come back for another entry since he wasn't under contract to Toho, like Tezuka and Okawara had been.


9 months ago
Score 1
  • Godzilla jumps*

Megaguirus: “You can fly?!”

Godzilla: “No, jump good!”

  • Godzilla body slams Megaguirus*


12 months ago
Score 0
I find this one to be rather underrated. It's got lots of very interesting and well-executed Sci-Fi ideas (especially Dimension Tide), and Meganulon was remade masterfully. Some people may complain about the CGI Meganula but I find it quite ambitious, and, unlike Godzilla 2000, where instead of crappy CGI for the UFO they could've that prop that looked just fine (and I'm pretty sure they could've made a suit for Millennian), CGI was really the only way to do it. I really love Megaguirus. Just a fun movie.


13 months ago
Score 1
I have to admit, this Godzilla is the funniest. Most likely the scene where he shakes his head for no reason. Or his cameo in that one movie. Just hilarious.


14 months ago
Score 0
Godzilla really showed off how powerful he is when in the post credits scene it was revealed that he escaped a black hole


8 months ago
Score 0
Then again this is (in my opinion) one of the weakest strong Godzillas.

Green Blob Thing

18 months ago
Score 1

Been a while since I last watched this, so I checked it out again today. It's not that bad! I think some fans are too harsh on it. Yeah, it's definitely a contender for the weakest of the Millennium series (the other perhaps being Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, which just feels like set-up), but it's not awful.

Indeed, it's actually quite enjoyable. The monster scenes are great and Megaguirus is a cool monster, even if the idea behind her isn't too original (not only is she a bug monster, but yet another clone of Godzilla). The design work put into bringing the character to life is great and I love the fact that her face is actually quite expressive. She's a fun monster.

It even puts forward some interesting ideas too. While they could've just gone with the traditional 'Godzilla vs Tanks and Jets' formula, we instead get to see a black hole cannon! It may not make much sense, but Godzilla movies rarely ever do when it comes to the science and logic involved. It's a fine movie.


25 months ago
Score 0
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Green Blob Thing

25 months ago
Score 1
Seeing Godzilla at what seems to be a formal house party just enjoying himself is strangely amusing.

Green Blob Thing

34 months ago
Score 1
The tone of this film is really all over the place. On one hand, we have the Godzilla body-slam scene. On the other hand, we have the alleyway scene in which someone gets their throat stabbed. It's still an entertaining film though.


38 months ago
Score 1
This is the movie that Godzilla 2000 aspired to be but never was.


39 months ago
Score 0

Toa Hydros

39 months ago
Score 0

My Thoughts: Godzilla vs Megaguirus

I tend to label this as the weakest of the Millennium series, though it's not without its charm.

The main problem I have with the film is it moves along at a somewhat sluggish pace when the kaiju aren't around; several scenes just drag a bit too long. I'd also be lying if I said the human characters were very engaging.

The monster action is the best aspect of the movie: it's nice to see the Godzilla 2000 suit again, and the Meganulon and Meganula are pretty creepy, as is their queen, Megaguirus. The fight screens are a bit goofy, but that just adds to the charm.

Overall, it's not that strong of a film, but it has its moments.


40 months ago
Score 1
It's an okay movie. I am not too bored by it. Megaguirus also looks nice and it's kind of fun to point out any errors or stuff like Megaguirus's strings being very easily visible in some shots.
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