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Director:
Writer:
Wataru Mimura (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 December 2002 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Kidô, Kyômei, Hyôsai (Startup, Resonance, Smashed Ice) See more »
Plot:
After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked TÃ'kyÃ' in 1954 to stop the beast. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Yumiko Shaku ... Akane Yashiro
Shin Takuma ... Tokumitsu Yuhara
Kana Onodera ... Sara Yuhara (Tokumitsu's daughter)
Kô Takasugi ... JSDF Lieutenant Togashi
Yûsuke Tomoi ... JSDF 2nd Lieutenant Hayama
Jun'ichi Mizuno ... JSDF 1st Lieutenant Sekine
Akira Nakao ... 2003 Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi
Kumi Mizuno ... 1999 Prime Minister Machiko Tsuge
Takeo Nakahara ... JSDF Chief Hitoyanagi
Yoshikazu Kanou ... Hishinuma
Kôichi Ueda ... General Dobashi
Akira Shirai ... Shinji Akamatsu
Midori Hagio ... Kaoru Yamada
Naomasa Musaka ... Gorou Kanno
Shinji Morisue ... JSDF 1st Lieutenant Hayama (2nd Lt. Hayama's Brother)
Misato Tanaka ... Nurse
Hideki Matsui ... Himself
Katsuo Nakamura ... Commentator
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Miyagawa
Sawako Kitahara ... Yuhara's wife
Jun Etô ... Management
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... TV announcer
Tetsu Watanabe ... Management
Naomi Fujiyama ... Patient who escapes
Shingo Yanagisawa ... Man whose house was destroyed
Robert Baldwin
Maria Theresa Gow
Makoto Kamiya ... Cameo appearance
Yasuo Kurashiki
Takehiro Murata ... Cameo appearance (man picking up cans)
Kenji Suzuki ... Cameo appearance (Maser Tank Pilot)
Masaaki Tezuka ... Cameo appearance
Tsutomu Kitagawa ... Gojira / Maser Tank Pilot
Hirofumi Ishigaki ... Mekagojira / Maser Tank Pilot

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

Produced by
Takahide Morichi .... executive producer
Shogo Tomiyama .... executive producer
Shogo Tomiyama .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michiru Ôshima 
 
Cinematography by
Masahiro Kishimoto 
 
Film Editing by
Shinichi Fushima 
Shinichi Natori 
 
Casting by
Tadao Tanaka 
 
Production Design by
Toshio Miike 
 
Art Direction by
Yukiharu Seshita 
 
Set Decoration by
Chuichi Yanagihori 
 
Makeup Department
Shihomi Kobayashi .... hair stylist
Emi Mizuno .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kiyomi Kanazawa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kei Hirota .... additional assistant director
Atsushi Kaneshige .... first assistant director
Hiroshi Okamoto .... additional assistant director
 
Art Department
Nobuhiro Akitaya .... property master
Mami Ishida .... property master
Yasuo Kashima .... set dresser
Yoichi Kitamura .... property master
Asami Yamaguchi .... property master
 
Sound Department
Hideaki Ishii .... sound engineer
Masatoshi Saito .... sound assistant
Teiichi Saitô .... sound recordist
Masashi Tara .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Kenichi Eguchi .... special effects photography
Nobuhiro Ekubo .... assistant model maker
Kakusei Fujiwara .... lead sculptor
Nori Honda .... assistant modelmaker (as Norihiro Honda)
Yûichi Kikuchi .... special effects director
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... model maker
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker
 
Visual Effects by
Jamie Clay .... visual effects
Karl Raade .... visual effects
Tomoya Ôhata .... CGI artist
 
Stunts
Masanobu Amemiya .... stunt coordinator
Jun Murakami .... stunt coordinator
Ryuta Takaya .... stunt coordinator
Yuko Umemoto .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshio Iwata .... camera operator
Takayuki Kawabe .... lighting assistant
Katsuhiko Kudo .... still photographer
Taku Mitamura .... lighting assistant
Atsuo Nishimoto .... still photographer
Hideaki Odi .... lighting assistant
Soshi Sato .... lighting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist
Yumiko Nakaba .... negative cutter
Kazuko Okayasu .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Takaya Fukutsuka .... production assistant
Takashi Hirayama .... production assistant
Yoshikazu Ishii .... director: making of
Takahiro Kikushima .... production assistant
Daisuke Nagai .... production assistant
Seiji Takenobu .... production assistant
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit designer: Godzilla suit
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker: Godzilla suit
Kazunari Yamanaka .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gojira tai Mekagojira" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla X Mechagodzilla" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for sci-fi action and some language
Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In Dr. Yuhara's first scene, he is showcasing a mechanical Trilobite and then is asked to help construct Kiryu from the first Godzilla's bones not long after. In Godzilla (1954) a Trilobite was discovered in the first Godzilla's footprints.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the blackout, all the lights go out, even the cars.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Hamtaro" (2002)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Awesome, 29 December 2004
Author: AwesomeWolf from Australia

Version: Japanese with English Subtitles (Madman's R4 DVD)

'Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla' opens with a typhoon hitting southern Japan, and then a giant monster turns up to lay waste to a small town - everyone runs away - except for the one guy who thinks he can save his house from being stepped on - and the 'Anti-Megalosaurus Force' is called in, and eventually runs away, but not before their commander, Akane Yashiro (Yumiko Shaku) accidentally causes the deaths of several of her troops. Soon we learn the monster is Godzilla, and according to this movie's time-line, Godzilla attacked Japan only once, when he first appeared in 1954. Other monsters have attacked Japan since, but none have been as destructive as Godzilla.

With Godzilla's reappearance, those wacky Japanese scientists come up with their best plan yet - they're going to build a Mechagodzilla, with added firepower, and controlled by a 'DNA Computer' using DNA extracted from the original Godzilla's skeleton. Apparently by doing this, Mechagodzilla can think like Godzilla, and will have a reaction time markedly better than that of a normal computer. Obviously this a bad idea, but these Godzilla movies need bad-ideas for the movie to proceed.

On the human side of things, Akane Yashiro is assigned to the Kiryu Squadron (Mechagodzilla Squadron), and is met with hostility from her comrades their. Tokumitsu Yuhara, one of the Mechagodzilla scientists spends most of the movie chatting up Akane, while Akane tries to get Tokumitsu's daughter, Sara, to open up to her. Awww, how sweet.

Enough of the love-ins, lets get down to some city crushing! The plot is simple, and like several other Godzilla movies, makes some interesting points that it completely skips in favour of monster action (in this case, Japan's rearmament is mentioned, but only briefly), of which is there is plenty. In their respective adventures, Godzilla and his mechanical cousin destroy a few cities and make a mockery of Japan's defence forces (just another day on the job for Godzilla), and get down to one way-cool giant-monster fight scene at the end. Did I mention the fight-scene at is way-cool?

My only problem with the movie is the use of the Godzilla suit: there are times when it is plainly obvious that the Godzilla suit is empty, and not for any complicated reason - he just stands there motionless. Otherwise, there was a fair amount of CGI effects, but they were done well enough for me to say "this movie is awesome".

8/10 - This movie is awesome. Godzilla fans should check it out.

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