Godzilla returns in a brand-new movie that ignores all preceding movies except for the original with a brand new look and a powered up atomic ray. This time he battles a mysterious UFO that later transforms into a mysterious kaiju dubbed Orga. They meet up for the final showdown in the city of Shinjuku.Written by
Four Godzilla suits were made for this movie, and the main suit had an animatronic inside the head to make Godzilla's head and mouth move. There was also an oxygen hose that can be attached to part of the tail so that actor Tsutomu Kitagawa could breathe. But Kitagawa stated that despite these advantages, "playing Godzilla is not for someone who is claustrophobic." Kitagawa, a veteran Japan Action Club (JAC) stuntman who did stunts for the Blue Rangers in Toei's Super Sentai Series (featured as Dynaman (1988) and "Power Rangers" in the US) plays Godzilla for the first time in this film. See more »
When Orga hits Godzilla in the head the camera zooms in right after the hit to see Godzilla recoil. In the shot Orga's hand is not present even thought the previous shot doesn't show Orga lower his hand. See more »
Over the closing shot of Godzilla blowing up Shinjuku, a green "THE END" is superimposed, with a red question mark that appears over between the two words. (Theatrical US version only) See more »
In the American theatrical versions, a green "The End" with a red question mark in the middle is super-imposed over the closing shot of Godzilla blowing up Shinjuku with his Radioactive Heat Beam right before the closing credits. Michael Schlesinger, the producer of the US version, did the scene in tribute to sci-fi films from the good old days, but since he was on vacation, Tri-Star used the "goofy" font, as opposed to the black blocky letters Schlesinger wanted. Either way, Toho Company Ltd. didn't like it, so Toho and Schlesinger agreed to remove the title card from all subsequent versions (on VHS/DVD and TV prints). See more »
Let me first say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I'm not saying it is an original film, or a profound film, or a masterwork of Japanese cinema. No, it isn't any of those things. It is, in summary, a movie about two big monsters duking it out in the middle of a major Japanese city and destroying as many buildings as possible in the process. It's loud, fast-paced, and is probably the best, production value-wise, of any of the recent Godzilla movies. It's also poorly dubbed and has a plot like most of the other Godzilla (or other kaiju) films, but who cares? It's fun to watch, and that's what counts! Ironically, this is also a much better movie, dubbing and all, than the 1998 Godzilla... Hollywood should take note that sometimes impressive special effects do not equal "fun."
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