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Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984)
"Gojira" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | Horror  -  23 August 1985 (USA)
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Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Tanaka ...
Goro Maki
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Naoko Okumura
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Dr. Hayashida
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Shin Takuma ...
Hiroshi Okumura
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Finance Minister Kanzaki
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Takegami, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mizuho Suzuki ...
Foreign Minister Emori
Junkichi Orimoto ...
Director-General of the Defense Agency
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Geologist Minami
Kei Satô ...
Chief Editor Gondo
Takenori Emoto ...
Desk Editor Kitagawa
Sho Hashimoto ...
Captain of Super X
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Home Affairs Minister Isomura
Kunio Murai ...
Secretary Henmi
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Storyline

From out of the South Seas comes a gigantic monster that attacks Tokyo and devastates Japan. The American version of the film added Raymond Burr as a reporter named Steve Martin, who witnesses the destruction up close. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Your favorite fire-breathing monster... Like you've never seen him before! See more »


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Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first Godzilla film, in its Japanese version, with closing credits. See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Hayashida's sonic oscillator starts luring Godzilla out of Tokyo to the volcano, there's a POV shot from Goro and Naoko's perspective that clearly shows the wire controlling Godzilla's tail. This almost appears to be an unintentional homage to the scene in the original Godzilla (1954), where Godzilla's tail appears outside the window of a partially demolished building (the one in which Raymond Burr's character was reporting from in the American version), and the wire is similarly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Japanese version]
[to Godzilla, who's outside the window of the building]
Bum: What are you doing here? You have the rest of Shinjuku to play with!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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unfairly maligned
7 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Godzilla returns in a (somewhat) serious vehicle with a (somewhat) big budget. Americans yawned or laughed this off the screen, for the most part, but if you dig Godzilla you should dig this, his most respectable film since the 1954 original.

Yes, it's not that fast paced. No, Godzilla doesn't fight with other creatures. So what? After about twenty lurid, cheap movies that involved Godzilla in mortal combat with rubberized foes, it was nice to see him get back to menacing basics here.

While the special effects are not quite up to the Hollywood standard, they're still entertaining and reasonably convincing. American critics who slammed the film's look were being just a tad intolerant - all foreign films tend to be cheaper than ours, so inferior effects are a given. My bottom line for judging SFX is not, "are they realistic?" but "are they fun?", and the shots of Godzilla laying waste to Tokyo are indeed fun.

Godzilla fans often complain about the film's overtly political concerns and somber mood, but I have to disagree with them; I like a bit of realism, a bit of credibility. I do think that there are several better, faster-paced Godzilla films (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, GMK), but this is still a standout entry in the series.

Who knows when we'll get another solo vehicle for the big G? The upcoming Godzilla: Final Wars will apparently feature a total of ten monsters. At least in this movie, Godzilla had the spotlight all to himself.


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