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Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 December 2001 (Japan)
Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

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Chiharu Niiyama ...
Ryûdô Uzaki ...
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Teruaki Takeda (science writer)
Shirô Sano ...
Takashi Nishina ...
AD Aki Maruo
Kaho Minami ...
SDF Intelligence Capt. Kumi Emori
Shin'ya Ohwada ...
SDF L:t. Gen. Katsumasa Mikumo (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Kunio Murai ...
SDF HQ Secretary Masato Hinogaki
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Yutaka Hirose
Shingo Katsurayama ...
SDF Intelligence Maj. Tokihiko Kobayakawa
Toshikazu Fukawa ...
Adjutant Miyashita
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Chief Cabinet Secretary
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Prof. Hirotoshi Isayama the Prophet
Nobuaki Kakuda ...
Commanding Sector officer (as Nobuo Kakuda)
Takafumi Matsuo ...
Mototsu Station police officer
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Strange incidents occur when an American submarine has been destroyed by a mysterious force at sea off the shores of Guam. Only Admiral Tachibana was certain that behind the disaster was none other than the destructive King of the Monsters, Godzilla! 50 years after his attack on Tokyo in 1954, Godzilla has mysteriously returned to life to destroy Japan, and General Tachibana, whose parents died in the monster's destructive wake, was prepared for his return to protect Japan from yet another tragic disaster, but is dismissed by the overly confident Japanese government, who underestimate Godzilla's power. But to further prove Tachibana's claim, his daughter Yuri, who works for the TV news program "Digital Q," investigates strange phenomena in three separate areas in Japan (two of which involve the deaths of immoral youths), and meets a mysterious old man named Isayama, who proclaims that aside from his infamous nuclear origins, Godzilla is an accumulation of vengeful souls (of both ... Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@comcast.net>

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15 December 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sogougeki  »

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$9,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 257,450,000 (Japan) (16 December 2001)
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Baragon was also altered. His heat ray was removed, his roar was changed and his horn is no longer bioluminescent. See more »

Goofs

When the fighter planes attack Godzilla, the pilot yells "missiles away" but free fall laser guided bombs are used. See more »

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[Yuri is saluting her father who has just defeated Godzilla]
Adm. Tachinaba: Yuri... stop it. You're embarrassing me. Don't salute me; instead salute my comrades... and the guardian beasts.
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Follows King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) See more »

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Great Monster War March
(AKA: "Monster Zero March")
Track from "Ostinato" Album - 1986
Ending Credits Theme 2
Composed by Akira Ifukube
Arranged by Hiroshi Kumagai
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character development, mysticism, philosophy, politics - in a Godzilla film
29 March 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Dear Godzilla,

Only two aspects of Daikaijû sôkôgeki bothered me. First, you were asked, again, to play a 'bad guy'. Second, your make-up was so awful that it was at times, impossible to see that it was actually you in this film. Even this however, could not prevent me from noticing that this script was a great big leap ahead of most of the rubbish you've recently chosen for your roles. All of your true fans know that your Tokyo destructive rampages are inspired by a single desire - to locate and destroy once and for all the Toho Productions studio, and that once you've destroyed it, your final purpose will be fulfilled. Yet, in this film, you had to pretend that you symbolize the collective guilt of the Japanses people. While this is certainly an interesting and philosophical not to mention political spin and it certainly made your unpleasant behavior tolerable for some people, I am wondering if you will ever get a great role showing your true colors - as a protector of all living things (Japanese and otherwise) - again.

Your acting, and your supporting cast, even the very small hairless apes, were positively stellar in this film, and the production values were good enough to inspire me to plead with you to spare Toho from the revenge you certainly deserve for their occasional attempts to ruin your career, your public image, and your family life. Despite your bad facial makeup, you, Mosura and Kingu Gidorâ were all shot beautifully with some of the best split screen and blue screen work I have ever seen. Although it bothered me that Gidorâ was cast in the role of saving japan, and that he even joined that overgrown spray-painted house fly Mothra in this effort, I am certainly glad that, despite the Americanized title - something like "Giant Monsters All Out Attack" - was not really what this film was about. I'm glad the director allowed the characters some time to develop and to construct an interesting set of subplots between scenes of mass devastation.

I don't blame you for avoiding Hollywood, especially after that film they claimed to be about you which they they hired one of your stunt doubles to do a few years ago. And this film gives reason to think there is hope for the Toho production company after all. But, the offer still stands. Retirement in Hollywood could really be a good time for you, and again, I can think of at least a few states with habits of electing famous middle-aged and older thespians of grand stature and size to public office. Besides, if you got cast in a bad role here in the USA, just imagine the popularity with which your first rampage through southern California would be received! So the prospects are unlimited here. Give it some thought!


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