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Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
"Gojira vs. Biorante" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Horror  |  16 December 1989 (Japan)
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After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kunihiko Mitamura ...
Kazuhito Kirishima
Yoshiko Tanaka ...
Masanobu Takashima ...
Major Sho Kuroki
Kôji Takahashi ...
Dr. Genichiro Shiragami
Tôru Minegishi ...
Lieutenant Goro Gondo
Megumi Odaka ...
Toshiyuki Nagashima ...
Director Seiichi Yamamoto
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Seizo Okouchi
Kazuma Matsubara ...
Self Defense Forces Officer
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Owada, Prime Minister's Representative
Yasunori Yuge ...
Prime Minister's Aide
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Erika Shiragami
Haruko Sagara ...
TV Reporter
Kôichi Ueda ...
General Hyodo
Kosuke Toyohara ...
Super-X2 Controller
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Storyline

A scientist combines the cells of a rose with those of Godzilla to create a biological creature more horrifying than any seen before. The two do battle after a destructive tour of Japan by Godzilla. A newly released version includes many new fight scenes that were cut out of the theatrical version. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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The Super-Beast Battle of the Century See more »

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Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG for traditional Godzilla violence | See all certifications »

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16 December 1989 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Biollante  »

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JPY 700,000,000 (estimated)
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This is the only Godzilla movie owned by Miramax not to get edits, re-dubbed into English and replacing soundtracks before the uproar about foreign films being edited by Miramax from 2000-2004. See more »

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Kazuhito Kirishima: If they play around with cells, genetic engineers might well create their own Chimera - a new life form, totally alien, totally different to what God intended for Earth. Frightening, don't you think?
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An excellent movie, one of my favorite Godzilla movies
30 November 2012 | by (BUXTON U.K.) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of this movie. The Godzilla fan base is fairly divided on this film, but personally, I love it. It has wonderful cinematography, acting, themes, music, special effects, characters and all around brilliant.

The characters are likable and well written, they are believable. The music, while you cannot compare it to the work of Akira Ifukube, is still excellent and goes very well with this film. It is very well shot, with many wonderful scenes with a great atmosphere. The special effects are done, as per usual in this series, with great skill and talent. Suitmation is very underrated and all too often the subject of disdain. This film shows just how excellent suitmation can be, as well as all the other practical effects, which come together to create a believable and stunning world.

The themes were well handled, not forced violently down your throat as they were in the 1992 version of Godzilla vs Mothra (which is still a good movie, but the environmental message gets to be rather preachy and forceful at times).

The buildup to Godzilla's arrival is excellent, and when he does show up, it is a spectacular sight seeing him rise out of a volcano (however, going back to the 92 Godzilla vs Mothra film, I think the very similar scene from that film does it much better). The film contains two excellent monster battles, in which Godzilla goes up against the very creative monster Biollante, a combination of rose, human and Godzilla DNA. It's an artful movie, and shows that Godzilla movies are not just cheesy crap like most people seem to think they are (I personally think most of the films are good).


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