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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 »
Quotes:
Akane Yashiro:I'll show you what Kiryu can do!See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Mechagodzilla is back, again., 4 June 2007
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

This is the third Godzilla film of the Millennium Series. It is made as a direct sequel to the original 1954 Godzilla film, and, in my opinion, is the best film to do so in the Millennium Series. Godzilla's first appearance in this movie has him rising out of the ocean, scaring a couple of soldiers, and beginning his rampage in Japan. As a result, government officials talk about Godzilla's first attack in 1954 and how it was destroyed by the Oxygen Destroyer, alarmed that this monster has mysteriously returned. They even referenced the monsters Gaira from "War of the Gargantuas" (1966) and Mothra from "Mothra" (1961) as having invaded Tokyo in the years after Godzilla's first attack.

In this film, we have, again, a female soldier seeking revenge against Godzilla for killing colleagues of hers. After monsters having appeared in the past, the Japanese government salvaged the skeletal remains of the original Godzilla to make a robotic version of the monster called Mechagodzilla. Filled with missiles and state-of-the-art weaponry, Mechagodzilla is Japan's number one defense against Godzilla. Mechagodzilla was proved to be a tough opponent for Godzilla and, in a plot twist, it appeared that the original Godzilla's spirit lives in the robot. This added suspense to the story.

We get to see a movie with a brilliant score by Michiru Ôshima and great special effects by Yûichi Kikuchi. Masaaki Tezuka did OK in the directing; however, he focused too much on the human characters, leaving us limited monster action (Godzilla was also portrayed as a little weak). But, some of the heroism and sacrifice made by the human characters, especially by the antagonist of the film who ended up putting his own life on the line to rescue the female lead, were pretty entertaining. I also enjoyed the touching friendship between the little girl and the female soldier, adding a nice touch of heartfelt drama. As an added treat, Toho brought back veteran actress Kumi Mizuno, who played "Miss Namikawa" in "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" (1965) and "Daiyo" in "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (1966), and actor Akira Nakao, who played "Commander Takaki Aso" in the Godzilla "Heisei" films, to appear in this movie.

Overall, this is a well-paced story with some nice monster action, but mostly towards the end.

Grade B-

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