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>
When Godzilla blasts a news helicopter in Shinjuku with his radioactive breath ray, look carefully in the background for a billboard with the Ghostbusters (1984) logo (albeit backwards) as the copter falls from the sky just before hitting the ground. See more »
Godzilla's appearance keeps changing due to different special effect techniques being used. In particular, the giant animatronic model (known as "Cybot") mostly used for closeups has a drastically different look from the suit: the neck and arms are much thinner, the snout rounder, the ears more prominent, and the eyes and general expression also look different. It also has more robotic movements, as it's being controlled by motors instead of a suit actor. See more »
[English export version]
Prime Minister Mitamura:
Let me state clearly, what principles are involved for Japan. We neither, possess, nor use, nuclear weapons. That being the case, we cannot permit their use now. That's final.
Soviet Ambassador Chefski:
Your country's pride is at stake here, but Russia has already lost a valuable nuclear submarine, to Godzilla! We have the right to destroy him!
American Ambassador Rosenberg:
This is no time to be discussing principles!
Prime Minister Mitamura:
It is the right time when principles are at stake. We can't lose our heads because of a crisis. Besides, we ...
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Picking up 30 odd years later and ignoring all the films that were made in between, Godzilla returns to trample Tokyo. The Tokyo natives think up all sorts of goofy plans to get rid of Godzilla, one which involves a highly advanced flying tank called Super-X, the other involving the use of birds to activate an often unused portion of Godzilla's brain that resembles a bird's to lead him out of Tokyo and into a volcano, where he remains until the sequel, "Godzilla VS Biollante".
The "1985" American version includes scenes of us damned Americans trying to figure out what do and features Raymond Burr reprising his Steve Martin character from the American version of the first film. However, his first name is never used on account of comedian Steve Martin's then hot popularity. This version also gives Russians a bad name because they made the Russian commander launch the missile before he died when in the original version he died heroically trying to stop the missile's launching but failed. The death of the tramp is also shown in the original version.
Maybe it's the lighting or lack there of, the smoke, or just the dated quality of my VHS tape, but this is a very dark and atmospheric monster on the rampage epic and one that I hold very close to my heart for reasons I can't quite explain. Special effects run the usual gamut from good to ridiculous, and the music is pretty good. Whether or not the original version will ever be released in America remains to be seen. I'd settle for just being able to see this one on DVD somewhere.
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