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Godzilla 1985 (1984)
"Gojira" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  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

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>

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Release Date:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Actress Yasuko Sawaguchi was picked to play Naoko Okumura (the film's heroine) on the basis of being chosen as the then-new Toho Cinderella earlier the same year (immediately after which she had already made her debut in Karate Cop III: Song of the Sea (1984)). So for Godzilla's big comeback film, it made sense for Toho to cast Sawaguchi as the female lead, since she was Toho's hottest new actress at the time. See more »

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When Godzilla enters the Japanese harbor he uses his atomic breath to blow up all of the resistance along the shore. When he starts using it he turns to the left, facing the camera, but the breath still goes to the right on the shore. See more »

Quotes

Goro Maki: Excuse me, sir. Are you Professor Hayashida?
Dr. Hayashida: That's right.
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Dr. Hayashida: Professor. They say Godzilla's a mutation. A monster made by intense radioactivity. ...
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Return to Godzilla's roots
28 June 2002 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

I would recommend that anyone who has only seen one version of this film make an effort to see whichever version you haven't seen. The changes that have been made between the Japanese/International version and the American version are very telling, in themselves.

Quite a few people criticize the suit design in this movie, but I think it's my favorite out of all the suits from 1954-1995. It looks the least like any 'real' reptile and more like a maddened, nuke-scorched monster. Or maybe just a big, green charcoal briquette with eyes. Anyway, it's feral and mindless, which is what Godzilla originally was. None of this superhero-friend-to-children-single-dad B.S. He's indestructible, he's angry, and he's going to destroy things. Why? Because.

I agree with the criticism of the FX. Even though we don't expect miracles from a Godzilla movie, this one had some rough spots that typically didn't appear in even the cheapest of the series' offerings. One scene in particular comes to mind: when Godzilla does a firesweep of the military equipment firing on him as he comes out of Tokyo bay, the angle of the animated firebreath doesn't match the aim of the monster's head.

I also agree that there isn't enough city-smashing. Some people prefer monster vs. monster battles, some prefer monster vs. military, I'm one of the group that likes to see major metropolitan areas levelled. Frankly, this movie didn't fully satisfy ANY of the three groups, as far as I can tell.

All that said, this is my second-favorite Godzilla film, after the original King of the Monsters and before Godzilla vs. King Kong. De gustibus non est disputandum.


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