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Release Date:
23 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Your favorite fire-breathing monster... Like you've never seen him before! See more »
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ken Tanaka ... Goro Maki
Yasuko Sawaguchi ... Naoko Okumura
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Dr. Hayashida
Keiju Kobayashi ... Prime Minister Mitamura
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
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Environemental Director General Hidaka
Shigeo Katô ... Ship Captain
Kôji Ishizaka ... Power Plant Guard
Tetsuya Takeda ... Bum
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Gojira (as Kengo Nakayama)

Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin
Warren J. Kemmerling ... General Goodhoe (US version)
James Hess ... Colonel Raschen (US version)
Travis Swords ... Major McDonough (US version)
Crawford Binion ... Lieutenant (US version)
Justin Gocke ... Kyle (US version)
Patrick Feren ... Extra (US version)
Mark Simon ... Extra (US version)
Shepard Stern ... Extra (US version)

Alan Waserman ... Extra (US version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lara Cody ... Naoko Okumura (voice) (uncredited)
John Culkin ... Goro Maki (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Takashi Ebata ... Ship Captain (uncredited)
Kenji Fukuda ... Super X Lieutenant (uncredited)
Andy Goldberg ... Hiroshi Okumura (voice) (uncredited)
Shinpei Hayashiya ... Cameraman Kamiya (uncredited)
Isao Hirano ... Airforce Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Luke Johnson ... Soviet Colonel Kashirin (uncredited)
Eiji Kana ... Army Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Takeshi Katô ... Trade Minister (uncredited)
Shin Kazanaka ... Uno (uncredited)
Yasuhiko Kono ... Naval Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Shinsuke Mikimoto ... Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Kanta Mori ... Official at Diet (uncredited)
Takerô Morimoto ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Matthew Oram ... Professor Hayashida / Soviet Envoy / Radio Announcer / Various Characters (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Tony Plana ... Goro Maki (voice) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Newscaster / Pilot / Government Official (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kenichi Urata ... Secretary Ishimaru (uncredited)

Paul Willson ... Professor Hayashida (voice) (uncredited)
Kiyoshi Yamamoto ... Science Agency Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Koji Hashimoto 
R.J. Kizer (US footage)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hideichi Nagahara 
Tony Randel  english version (uncredited)
Tomoyuki Tanaka  story "The Resurrection of Godzilla"
Lisa Tomei  english version
Straw Weisman  US version

Produced by
Norio Hayashi .... producer
Kiyomi Kanazawa .... producer
Tony Randel .... producer (US version)
Fumio Tanaka .... associate producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... executive producer
Original Music by
Reijiro Koroku 
Cinematography by
Kazutami Hara 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
Casting by
Danny Goldman (english version)
Tadao Tanaka 
Production Design by
Akira Sakuragi 
Art Direction by
Akira Sakuragi 
Set Decoration by
Akio Tashiro 
Costume Design by
Kenji Kawasaki 
Makeup Department
Fumiko Umezawa .... makeup artist
Production Management
Takahide Morichi .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Berger .... first assistant director: US
Takao Okawara .... chief assistant director
Art Department
Yoshiki Kasahara .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Noboru Ikeda .... assistant sound technician
Mikio Mori .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Noboyuki Tanaka .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Eiichi Asada .... assistant camera
Yasuyuki Inoue .... special effects art director
Mamoru Kume .... pyrotechnician
Koji Matsumoto .... wire works
Mitsuo Miyagawa .... pyrotechnician
Mitsuo Miyagawa .... wire works
Takeshi Miyanishi .... pyrotechnician
Teruyoshi Nakano .... director of special effects
Tadaaki Watanabe .... pyrotechnician
Nobuyuki Yasumaru .... prosthetics creator
Shinji Higuchi .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Yoshio Ishii .... matte photography
Yoshikazu Manoda .... optical photography
Kohei Mikami .... special effects lighting
Bret Mixon .... animation camera: US version only
Takeshi Miyanishi .... optical photography
Toshimitsu Oneda .... special effects cameraman
Yutaka Tsuchiya .... computer graphics
Takeaki Tsukuda .... matte photography
Takeshi Yamamoto .... special effects cameraman
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Dubin .... cinematographer: USA
Hideo Inagaki .... electrician
Yoshinori Ishizuki .... still photographer
Shinji Kojima .... lighting technician
Akira Oba .... lighting assistant
Shunji Yokota .... lighting grip
Editorial Department
James Melkonian .... post-production coordinator: english version
Kevin Sewelson .... assistant editor: english version
Michael Spence .... editor: US version
Fusako Takahashi .... negative cutter
Music Department
Takasha Miki .... composer: songs
Katsuaki Nakaya .... conductor
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
Christopher Young .... composer: stock music (US version)
Other crew
Hideo Aoki .... special advisor
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer (US version only)
Hiroko Kajiyama .... continuity
Yorihiko Osaki .... special advisor
Toshifumi Sakata .... visual consultant
Kazuo Suzuki .... maintenance
Takehisa Takarada .... assistant to director
Hitoshi Takeuchi .... special advisor
Toyo Tanaka .... special engineer
Takashi Wakiya .... assistant to director
Straw Weisman .... creative consultant
Nobuyuki Yasumaru .... gojira suit designer and constructor
Fumio Tanaka .... consultant (uncredited)
Sôichirô Tahara .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gojira" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"Godzilla: 1985" - USA (closing credits title)
"Return of Godzilla" - Hong Kong (English title) (video CD title)
"The Return of Godzilla" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Germany:82 min | Japan:103 min | 88 min (USA)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Japan theatrical release) | Mono (US release)

Did You Know?

This is the first film in the series since the original Godzilla (1954) in which Godzilla doesn't do battle with another monster.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[US version]
Steve Martin:Nature has a way sometimes of reminding Man of just how small he is. She occasionally throws up terrible offspring's of our pride and carelessness to remind us of how puny we really are in the face of a tornado, an earthquake, or a Godzilla. The reckless ambitions of Man are often dwarfed by their dangerous consequences...
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Movie Connections:
References Ghostbusters (1984)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Return to Godzilla's roots, 28 June 2002
Author: knsevy from KCMO

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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