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Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Gojira vs. Biorante (original title)
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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Keiko Owada, Prime Minister's Representative
Yasunori Yuge ...
Prime Minister's Aide
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Erika Shiragami
Haruko Sagara ...
TV Reporter
Kôichi Ueda ...
Joint-Chief of Staff Yamaji
Kosuke Toyohara ...
Osamu Amesawa
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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 most terrifying monster of all time is back in his greatest movie ever See more »

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Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for traditional Godzilla violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 1989 (Japan)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was voted the best Godzilla movie in a 2014 poll among Japanese fans and movie critics. Ironically, its original release was not a success, which lead the studio to rethink their handling of the property and begin re-incorporating classic (and therefore marketable) Godzilla monsters into the following films instead of introducing new ones. See more »

Goofs

After Shiragami is briefly interviewed by the media Biollante is shown for a brief second appearing regular, but in the very next shot with Biollante it's fully blossomed. See more »

Quotes

[on creating Biollante]
Dr. Shiragami: I think now I might have made a mistake.
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Best film in the second series
10 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gojira vs. Biorante (or Godzilla vs. Biollante as it's know here in the USA) opens up right where Godzilla 1985 left off. A group of scientists searching through the rubble that was once Tokyo make an interesting discovery: Godzilla Cells. These "Godzilla Cells" are actually palm-sized flakes of Godzilla's skin that were either scratched or blown off. Now many different groups of people are fighting to get these cells and one group in particular called Bio Major, which is an American terrorist organization, will stop at nothing to get these cells, even if they have to release Godzilla from his volcanic prison. On a lighter note, a prominent Japanese scientist who lost his only daughter in a terrorist bombing, combines the Godzilla Cells with the cells of a rose plant. Once these cells are joined together, they form a monstrous rose that the scientist names Biollante. Now Godzilla gets loose and pretty soon you can guess that Godzilla and Biollante are going to go at it.

This is in fact my favorite Godzilla movie in the second generation of Godzilla films. It has a real dark tone and a really haunting score. It should also be pointed out that the film is probably the most violent in the second generation of Godzilla films. I say this because there are several bloody shoot-outs, Godzilla gets stabbed in his side by one Biollante's tendrils, a man is strangled to death, and a man is disintegrated by electricity.

Finally, has anyone noticed that the Godzilla costume in this movie is different than the one in Godzilla 1985? I think that is because the costume in G-1985 was stolen and was rumored to be worth over $100,000.

Anyway, Godzilla vs. Biollante gets a 10/10.


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