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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:

23 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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Stuntman Kenpachirô Satsuma played Godzilla for the first time in this movie, and continued to play the role for the remainder of the VS Series. However, the Godzilla suits used in this film (constructed from the outside in) were not originally made to fit him, but for another stuntman who left production at the last minute. See more »

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In the shot of Godzilla's shadow lingering over the fleeing crowd, the light is coming from the left side of the screen, so Godzilla's shadow shouldn't be visible. See more »

Quotes

Goro Maki: Excuse me, sir. Are you Professor Hayashida?
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Dr. Hayashida: Genetic mutation designs.
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One of my Favorite Godzillas
23 May 2004 | by (Walnut Cove, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Critics were like Godzilla destroying Tokyo, they panned the America release of Godzilla 1985 so much, and the film has an IMDb rating of under 5.0, but still, nevertheless, the is one of my favorite Godzilla films.

I don't know exactly what it is. This movie just has a beautifully dark setting that is captivating. It also contains an absolutely beautiful score by Reijiro Koroku, such pretty, beautiful music. Full of hope, full of sadness. Full of love and beauty.

Yes, Godzilla is the only monster here, he doesn't fight any other monsters, and perhaps there are a few points in the film that are boring, and too much attention is given to the human characters instead of Big Daddy G.

Yet still, this film contained an odd, captivating power I find rare in most films. As absurd as Godzilla is, you feel for the Big Guy in this one. You really do. And Godzilla was more powerful and more menacing than I ever remember seeing him in any other film in this one. This was what Godzilla should look like.

I think this is one of those films, that over time may dwell a sort of cult following. Because there is just a special something about it many other reviewers offering comments here have touched on.

So, Godzilla fans check it out. Oh, and try not to cry at end. :>)


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