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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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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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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

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

Goofs

In the scene where Godzilla plummets into the crater of Mt. Mihara, the shadow of his tail does not match the position it's really in. See more »

Quotes

Goro Maki: Excuse me, sir. Are you Professor Hayashida?
Dr. Hayashida: That's right.
Goro Maki: Maki of Toho Press.
Dr. Hayashida: Oh really? A reporter.
Goro Maki: What's that you're working on?
Dr. Hayashida: Genetic mutation designs.
Goro Maki: Genetic mutations. No kidding. Does it have something to do with Godzilla? I understand you lost your family to Godzilla 30 years ago. I imagine this has made you a bitter man. Was it vengeance that drove you to study Godzilla?
Dr. Hayashida: At first. But not now.
Goro Maki: Professor. They say Godzilla's a mutation. A monster made by intense radioactivity. ...
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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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