Wolfman vs. Godzilla
Wolfman vs. Godzilla (伝説の巨獣狼男対ゴジラ is a fan film directed and produced by Densetsu no Kyojū Ōkami Otoko tai Gojira, lit. Legendary Beast Wolfman Against Godzilla)Shizuo Nakajima and several former Toho filmmakers in 1983.
Principal photography on Wolfman vs. Godzilla began in 1983 and concluded in the mid 1980's. Post-production ("editing, sound design, and visual effects") is ongoing.
Though several photos circulated online, information about the film was almost nonexistent in the United States until 2012, when Mark Jaramillo made contact with Nakajima and received a short montage of effects footage from the film. This clip, along a number of behind-the-scenes photos, was shown at G-Fest XIX in an impromptu, standing room only panel. The following year, Nakajima traveled to G-Fest himself, bringing more footage with him. He has since released a number of clips and set footage online using his personal Facebook account.
From what has been revealed, the plot of Wolfman vs. Godzilla consists of a werewolf appearing in Japan, which becomes irradiated and grows to daikaiju size. This giant Wolfman encounters Godzilla in the countryside, and the two monsters battle. Godzilla is portrayed as a rampaging monster like in the early Showa series, but the lesser of two evils compared to the Wolfman.
According to Shizuo Nakajima, many drafts of the film were made in the 1970's, most of them starting out simply as short films. One of them featured a Godzilla suit that closely resembled the MosuGoji suit. The Wolfman's design was also drastically different, somewhat resembling a mummy, with a head that bears a slight resemblance to one of the Gargantuas. Another one of these short films featured the Wolfman character in battle against Baragon as well. All of the costumes made during the film's production were made by professional costume maker Fuyuki Shinada, who would go on to design the monsters in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. By 1983, production had changed and much of the monster action was re-filmed in order to create a feature-length film, featuring a new Godzilla suit that was based on the KingGoji. This is the version of the film most people have been familiar with, while the older drafts were believed to be entirely lost, with only stills surviving. However, Nakajima recently revealed some of the earlier footage and stated that he intended to splice together the old and new footage of the film prior to giving it a DVD release. According to Nakajima, over ten hours of raw footage for the film exists.
One of the multiple WolGoji suits used in the film, which bears a striking resemblance to the KingGoji
Another WolGoji suit used in the film, made to resemble the MosuGoji
Godzilla vs. Wolfman director Shizuo Nakajima poses in a cast and crew photo for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Wolfman director Shizuo Nakajima poses in a cast and crew photo for Terror of Mechagodzilla
Poster by Jeff Zornow
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