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16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »
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Japan creates an artificial black hole device to trap Godzilla forever, but a test of the device creates new foes for Godzilla, car-sized dragonflies called meganula and their queen, Megaguirus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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BEST GODZILLA EVER....? See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Misato Tanaka ... Kiriko Tsujimori
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Hajime Kudo
Masatô Ibu ... Motohiko Sugiura
Yuriko Hoshi ... Yoshino Yoshizawa
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Takuji Miyagawa
Kôichi Ueda ... Government Official
Kôichi Yamadera ... Kid's TV Host
Yûsaku Yara ... Narrator
Kôji Katô ... Water department guy
Tsutomu Kitagawa ... Gojira
Minoru Watanabe ... Megagirasu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rik Thomas ... Miyagawa / Water Department Guy / JSDF Officer / Nichei News Announcer / Guard / Truck Driver (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Masaaki Tezuka 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hiroshi Kashiwabara 
Wataru Mimura 

Produced by
Shogo Tomiyama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michiru Ôshima 
 
Film Editing by
Shinichi Fushima 
 
Special Effects by
Kakusei Fujiwara .... lead sculptor
Kenji Suzuki .... special effects director
Kiyotaka Taguchi .... assistant special effects director
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker
 
Editorial Department
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist
 
Music Department
Akira Ifukube .... composer: theme "Godzilla"
 

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Also Known As:
"Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jî shômetsu sakusen" - Japan (original title)
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105 min
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Trivia:
The infamous "Giant Leap" Godzilla performs against Megaguirus during the final battle is a tribute to Godzilla suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa's stuntwork in Toei's Super Sentai Series (featured as "Dynaman" (1988) and "Power Rangers" in the US).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Megaguirus shows itself for the first time, the strings holding it up, and the strings its flying on are clearly visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Godzilla: Unleashed (2007) (VG)See more »
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The Decision Of GodzillaSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
BEST GODZILLA EVER....?, 27 July 2002
Author: bob brasher (bbrasher1) from Chicago, Il., USA

...Hard to say. The original 1954 pre-Raymond Burr was always my favorite, but having had the privilige of seeing it a couple of weeks ago, I'm tempted to put this one at the top of my list. As good as GODZILLA 2000 was, this one definitely blows that out of the water; better acting, storyline and special effects, and more screen time for the Big G. The opening scene depicts Godzilla's 1954 attack on Tokyo, not as stock footage from the classic original, but a restaging of scenes done in newsreel style-very well done but all too brief. The action then shifts to the year 1966 as the monster attacks a nuclear power plant which, as the story goes, forces the Japanese government to outlaw nuclear energy. After yet another attack on another Japanese city, this time in 1996, a new weapon designed to create an artificial black hole is used against Godzilla with catastrophic results. During the initial testing, a horde of prehistoric insects is released, resulting in the creation of Megaguiris, a mutated dragonfly/scorpion creature.

The battle scenes between Godzilla and Megaguiris are the finest I've ever seen in any Godzilla movie before or since ( then again, I've yet to see GMK ! ). Also the design of Megaguiris, while not totally original, works well here. One may even be reminded of the "demon locusts" from the Book of Revelation, hideous insect-like creatures with scorpion tails and wings. Whether or not this inspired the design of Megagurius is anyone's guess. Still, this is a much more worthy opponent than Orga from G2000.

All in all, for my money GxM was a worthwhile moviegoing experience. And for those whose only exposure to Godzilla was the awful GODZILLA'S REVENGE or Centropolis's "Fraudzilla", give this one a chance. You'll be glad you did.

Rating: ***** out of *****

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