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Godzilla 1985 (1984)

Gojira (original title)
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:
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Ken Tanaka ...
Goro Maki
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Naoko Okumura
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Dr. Hayashida
Shin Takuma ...
Hiroshi Okumura
Keiju Kobayashi ...
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
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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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Your favorite fire-breathing monster... Like you've never seen him before! See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Executive producer Tomoyuki Tanaka strongly considered two Godzilla series veterans, director Ishirô Honda and composer Akira Ifukube, to work on this film, but despite Tanaka's pleas, both men declined for professional and personal reasons. They were both still greatly affected by the passing of special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya in 1970, and felt that "Godzilla died when Eiji Tsuburaya died." Additionally, when Ifukube heard about the changes made to Godzilla, such as his increased size from 50 meters to 80 meters, he reportedly said, "I do not write music for 80 meter monsters." See more »

Goofs

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

[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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An Underrated Classic
15 February 2004 | by (Worcester, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Godzilla 1984 stands out as one of the best and most politically imbued Godzilla films ever made and deserves more credit for what it accomplished. Godzilla

1984 single-handedly revitalized the Godzilla franchise into the machine it is today and ushered in a new concept for what the monster could be; gone are

the kiddie children and the super-robots, the monster melees and monster

dancing - here is a return to what Godzilla truly is: and unstoppable force of nature. The original Japanese version is far superior to the butchered American cut and their political agenda is far more subtle than the American's tactless editing of the Russian nuclear launch sequence. Fans would do well to view

the original as it retains the history and dignity of the first Godzilla film.


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