What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (2022)

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What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?
The Japanese poster for What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Giant Monster Cleanup (2022)
See alternate titles
Directed by Satoshi Miki
Producer(s) Shigeaki Yoshida, Teruhito Kimura
Written by Satoshi Miki
Music by Koji Ueno
Production company "DAIKAIJU" Film Partners[1]
Distributor Shochiku/ToeiJP
Rating GJP
Budget To be announced
Box office To be announced
Running time To be announced
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.

What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (大怪獣のあとしまつ,   Daikaijū no Atoshimatsu, lit. Giant Monster Cleanup) is an upcoming comedic[1] kaiju film produced by the "DAIKAIJU" Film Partners. It is to be tentatively released to Japanese theaters by Toei and Shochiku on February 4, 2022.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

A KAIJU (Monster), which terrorized humans to unprecedented levels, suddenly died one day. While the people rejoice and bask in relief, the giant corpse left behind begins to slowly rot and bloat. If it explodes, the nation will be destroyed...
The countdown to the end has begun.
In a desperate race against time, the man assigned to handle the corpse with the fate of the nation at stake is neither a police officer nor a soldier, but a man with a past who disappeared 3 years ago...
What is the mission entrusted to him?
Will he be able to stop the explosion...?!
A fantastical special effects entertainment about a man‘s “top secret mission“ in the face of an unprecedented emergency begins to unfold.[1]

Development[edit | edit source]

What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? was announced on February 26, 2020 along with its writer-director Satoshi Miki and stars Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya, with a projected release date sometime after 2020.[3]

On October 27, the film's release was confirmed to be scheduled for 2022.[4] A countdown timer launched on the film's official website on June 24, 2021,[5] culminating in a press release on July 1. The film's key art and a teaser trailer were released, along with a brief description of the film's plot, the names of the two main characters, and the reveal of former Godzilla series modeler Shinichi Wakasa's involvement.[6]

On October 11, the film's Twitter account began a 3-day counter,[7] leading to another announcement on October 13. Three new cast members were revealed, along with a brief trailer and release date.[2]

A 'special video' and new promotional image of Ryosuke Yamada in character as Arata Obinata were released on November 12.[8]

Yet another counter began on Twitter on November 25.[9] Four days later on November 29, a new trailer and poster were released along with the film's staff and thirteen additional cast members.[10]

Five character posters were released on December 6.[11] The film's official site was updated around the same time, adding story, characters, cast, and staff sections.

Another special video was released on December 29, featuring new footage from the film intercut with comments from Ryosuke Yamada.

An "ultra premiere event" was held on January 9, 2022 in celebration of the film's completion, with guests Satoshi Miki, Ryosuke Yamada, Tao Tsuchiya, Joe Odagiri, Gaku Hamada, and Toshiyuki Nishida.[12]

Four new cast members—Rinko Kikuchi, Fumi Nikaido, Shota Sometani, and Yutaka Matsushige—were revealed on January 16.[13]

Production[edit | edit source]

Shooting on What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? began March 11, 2020, but was halted at the end of the month[14] due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] Shooting resumed close to a year later on January 30, 2021, and concluded on March 7.[14]

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Satoshi Miki
  • Written by   Satoshi Miki
  • Executive producers   Shigeaki Yoshida, Teruhito Kimura
  • Produced by   Yasushi Suto, Hiroko Kokubo, Yuta Nakai, Umihiko Yamao
  • Music by   Koji Ueno
  • Cinematography by   Hiroyuki Takada
  • Edited by   Takashi Tominaga
  • Production design by   Toshihiro Isomi
  • 1st assistant director   Kimiyoshi Adachi
  • Director of special effects   Hiroshi Butsuda
  • VFX supervisor   Koichi Noguchi
  • Kaiju modeler   Shinichi Wakasa[6]

Cast[16][edit | edit source]

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

  • Ryosuke Yamada   as   Captain Arata Obinata, Special Forces soldier
  • Tao Tsuchiya   as   Yukino Amane, secretary to the Minister of the Environment
  • Gaku Hamada   as   Masahiko Ame, Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • Joe Odagiri   as   Ryo "Blues" Aoshima, bomb disposal expert[17]
  • Toshiyuki Nishida   as   Prime Minister Kan Nishiotachime
  • Hidekazu Mashima   as   Seiichiro Shikishima, Special Forces commanding officer
  • Eri Fuse   as   Sayuri Renbutsu, Minister of the Environment
  • Seiji Rokkaku   as   Hiroto Sugihara, Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Toshihiro Yashiba   as   Manabu Takenaka, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Yoshiki Arizono   as   Murasaki Kawanishi, Nippon Defense Force soldier[18]
  • SUMIRE   as   Yamaneko Kunugi, Special Forces sniper
  • Kenzo Ryu   as   Tsukuru Michio, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • MEGUMI   as   Yuko Amaguri, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Ryo Iwamatsu   as   Bokudo Ioroi, Minister of Defense
  • Yoji Tanaka   as   Hayato Nakajima, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of the Nippon Defense Force
  • Guin Poon Chaw   as   Yukino and Blues' mother
  • Kyusaku Shimada   as   Wataru Nakagaichi, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Takashi Sasano   as   Jiro Zaizen, Minister of Finance
  • Rinko Kikuchi   as   Colonel Sen Masago of the Nippon Defense Force[13]
  • Fumi Nikaido   as   Sayoko, cafeteria server[13]
  • Shota Sometani   as   Denki Mukogawa, YouTuber[13]
  • Yutaka Matsushige   as   Noboru Yamikumo, factory owner[13]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?/Gallery.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Giant Monster Cleanup (literal translation)
  • Dai Kaiju no Atoshimatsu (transliterated title)[1]

Novelizations[edit | edit source]

Main articles: What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? Movie Novelization, Novel: What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?.

Two novelizations of the film will be published by Kodansha. The first, authored by Momo Tachibana, was released on December 15, 2021. The second, written by Yui Tokiumi and aimed at children, will be published on January 27, 2022.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Japanese trailer
English-subtitled trailer
Special announcement trailer
Teaser trailer
Special video
Special video #2

Promotion[edit | edit source]

Ultra premiere event announcement
Full ultra premiere event
Daytime television report
Daytime television report
Various daytime television reports
One-minute rundown of the film's main characters with star Ryosuke Yamada
One-minute character rundown with
Tao Tsuchiya and Gaku Hamada
2021 year-end video with
Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya
2022 New Year's video with
Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya
Tao Tsuchiya and Ryosuke Yamada
play a "Russian roulette" game
Tsuchiya and Yamada play a balancing game
Tsuchiya and Yamada play a clean-up game
Short message from Hidekazu Mashima
Cinema Today interview with Tao Tsuchiya

Trivia[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?. 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 WHAT TO DO WITH THE DEAD KAIJU?. Shochiku. Retrieved on 24 January 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 特報映像解禁&追加キャスト・公開日決定!!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (14 October 2021).
  3. @daikaijyu_movie (26 February 2020). 🗻松竹🗻✖🌊東映🌊 \🚨大型共同プロジェクト始動🚨/.... Twitter.
  4. @daikaijyu_movie (27 October 2020). 【公開時期のお知らせ】『#大怪獣のあとしまつ』につきまして、検討を重ねた結果、本年中の公開は見送り2022年に公開することを決定しました。.... Twitter.
  5. @daikaijyu_movie (24 June 2021). ℂ𝕠𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕤𝕠𝕠𝕟. #大怪獣のあとしまつ https://daikaijyu-atoshimatsu.jp. Twitter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 巨大怪獣の死体を前に立ち尽くす2人、ティザービジュアル&超特報解禁!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (2 July 2021).
  7. @daikaijyu_movie (11 October 2021). ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ #大怪獣のあとしまつ 🚨 3 𝘿 𝘼 𝙔 𝙎 🚨 ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤. Twitter.
  8. 特別映像&帯刀アラタの新場面写真解禁!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (13 November 2021).
  9. @daikaijyu_movie (25 November 2021). ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ #大怪獣のあとしまつ 🚨 𝟰 𝘿 𝘼 𝙔 𝙎 🚨 ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤ ◢◤. Twitter.
  10. 本予告&本ビジュアル&第三弾追加キ ャ ス ト解禁!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (30 November 2021).
  11. キャラクターポスター解禁!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (7 December 2021).
  12. 1/9(日)実施 ウルトラプレミアイベントレポート. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (11 January 2022).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 個性派オールスターキャスト解禁!. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (17 January 2022).
  14. 14.0 14.1 山田涼介「誰にも言わないで」 主演作「大怪獣のあとしまつ」には「驚くラストが待っている」. Eiga.com (9 January 2022).
  15. 山田涼介、大怪獣のあとしまつをするとしたら?「日本全国から人を集めて焼肉!」. Movie Walker Press (9 January 2022).
  16. Characters. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?. Retrieved on 6 December 2021.
  17. Cast. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?. Retrieved on 6 December 2021.
  18. @daikaijyu_movie (2 December 2021). ◢◤ #大怪獣のあとしまつ 🦖 𝘾𝙃𝘼𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙏𝙀𝙍 T-Rex ◢◤ カワニシ ムラサキ 🚨川西 紫(#有薗芳記) ────────── ✔️国防軍・隊員 死体処理の立役者として国防軍の名を上げようと、国防大臣(#岩松了)とともに画策する。 2022.2.4🎬. Twitter.
  19. Kibou. What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?. Retrieved on 31 December 2021.
  20. A new teaser for @daikaijyu_movie has been released. The upcoming film will premiere on February 4th in Japan.. Kaiju News Outlet (13 October 2021).


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