A reporter investigates the disappearance of a ship. He finds the ship and discovers that all the hands have been killed by a giant sea louse except for one. The lone survivor then tells the reporter that the ship was attacked by Godzilla (Gojira). Fearing a panic, the Japanese government then takes the survivor into custody to keep him from revealing that Godzilla has returned. However, a Soviet nuclear submarine is destroyed and the situation puts them and the United States on the brink of nuclear war, until the Japanese decide to come clean and admit that it was Godzilla. Soon the Japan and the rest of the world are on red alert as they wait for Godzilla to begin his rampage anew. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
In early 1985 the trade papers re-ported that Toho was asking several million dollars for the North American distribution rights, and that discussions had taken place w it MGM/United Artists and other studios. At one point, a Toho spokesman complained that the best offer ponied up (by an unnamed Hollywood studio) was in the $2 million range. It's doubtful that he was telling the truth, for the bidding war, such as it was, didn't last long, and Toho wound up getting far less money. By May, the new Godzilla movie had been passed over by the majors and fallen instead into the hands of New World Pictures, the modern-day equivalent of the kind of low-budget, exploitation movie producers and distributors that gobbled up Godzilla movies. See more »
The flock of birds that lure Godzilla away from the power plant are clearly hand-drawn animations, as their framerate is half of that of the live-action footage. See more »
[English export version]
Okumura, you saw a monster?
That's right. Professor, I've told my story, so many times. I told, the police, Maritime Security, but none of them seem to believe a word!
That's natural. Not everyday, monsters appear.
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Not the best Godzilla movie, but one of my favorites.
Yes, there are Godzilla movies that have better special effects. There are Godzilla movies that have better stories. There are Godzilla movies that are better directed.
But if you ask me which Godzilla movies are my favorites, I'll rank "Godzilla 1985" over just about all of them.
Why? It may be the mid-80's special effects, which while looking relatively modern still retain some "old school" charm. It may be the excellent Cold War-era politics (compared to today's chaos, the Cold War was practically comforting). It may be the excellent music by Reijiro Koroku, the only Godzilla composer to match Akira Ifukube.
I even enjoy the US dubbed version. While the Dr. Pepper ads and the supposed humor does wear on you, most of the actors do a pretty good job in their roles, though I wish it had been butchered less.
Give "Godzilla 1985" a chance.
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