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Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
"Gojira: Fainaru uôzu" (original title)

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Godzilla's 50th Anniversary project, in which Gojira (Godzilla) travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Matsuoka ...
Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin'ichi Ôzaki
Rei Kikukawa ...
UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi
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Maki Mizuno ...
Newscaster Anna Otonashi
Kazuki Kitamura ...
The Controller of Planet X
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M-Facility Soldier Katsunori Kazama
Kumi Mizuno ...
Earth Defense Force Commander Akiko Namikawa
Akira Takarada ...
UN Secretary General Naotarô Daigo
Kenji Sahara ...
Paleontologist Hachirô Jingûji
Masakatsu Funaki ...
M-Unit Commanding Officer Kumasaka
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Chihiro Ohtsuka ...
Wataru Shihôdô ...
Major Kita
Kenta Suga ...
Kenta Taguchi
Shigeru Izumiya ...
Samon Taguchi
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Storyline

When the aliens Xilians invade Earth, they release monsters to destroy the big cities. The Earth Defense Force formed by mutants is incapable to defeat the creatures. Commander Douglas Gordon decides to unleash Godzilla that has been trapped for many years to fight against the monsters. Godzilla becomes the last hope on Earth to vanquish the evil aliens and the powerful Gigan. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Gojira Gojû Shûnen Kinen Sakuhin (Godzilla 50th Anniversary Commemoration Production) See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 December 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla - Final Wars  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$293,970 (Japan) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$2,251,287 (Japan) (31 December 2004)
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Trivia

Destroyer (from "Godzilla vs. Destroyah") was considered to appear. The significance of his role is unknown, whether or not he'd have been a quick kill like the majority of the other monsters Godzilla fought, or be an equal challenge like Monster X/Kaizer Ghidorah, if his role wasn't originally going to be of that. See more »

Goofs

In the non-dubbed version Captain Gordon speaks only English, everyone else speaks only Japanese, yet they all seem to understand each other and carry on with no explanation given or acknowledgment of the fact that they are speaking different languages. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Wars and pollution, relentless fighting and environmental destruction, have all awakened vicious monsters. Humankind therefore joins forces with one another in order to drive off the monsters, instead of killing each other. Thus, the Earth Defense Force is born. Meanwhile, a new race of humans with supernatural abilities, called mutants, was discovered around the globe. The Earth Defense Force gathers them and puts them into a league called the M Organization. Their greatest enemy ...
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Crazy Credits

After Godzilla and his son wade off into the sea with a final roar, the title monster's name appears on screen one last time. The ending credits themselves play over various scenes from the movie, including some that were deleted or removed from the finished cut. These include Mothra flying back to her home island, Hedorah the smog monster with some brief city destruction, more lead up to Ozaki making his way too Douglas Gordan, a fight between Kazama and Kumasaka in the news room, a new shot of King Caesar running, and several different shots of Godzilla. The credits fade to black with the sound of the original Godzilla roar signaling the end. See more »

Connections

Follows Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Rise Up
Performed by The Chemical Brothers
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User Reviews

 
Wonderful update of a played-out franchise
24 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this and it was a ton of fun. A great music-video-style update of the classic Godzilla movies with jazzy editing, fast-paced fight scenes and colorful FX. Kind of like what 28 Days Later did for zombie movies -- speed everything up and add a modern, irreverent look and attitude.

It's very much a Kitamura movie. If you liked Versus or Aragami, I think you'd like this too, even if kaiju battles aren't normally your thing.

Of course, if you're an old-school Godzilla purist and just want more of the same, you might not enjoy Final Wars as much as me. That said, there are a lot of in-jokes for fans and plot references to the older movies (particularly Destroy All Monsters).


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