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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

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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

According to producer Shogo Tomiyama in a "G-Fan" magazine interview, he intended to revive Godzilla Junior for the 50th anniversary film. In the first draft screenplay he and Wataru Mimura wrote, this Godzilla was Godzilla Junior from the Heisei series (which is why everything is on the 100 meter scale again) and Godzilla was imprisoned in the ice at the South Pole in the late 90s. The main action of the film was to have taken place in 2032. When Ryuhei Kitamura and his writer rewrote the script to their liking, this plot device was pretty much removed, making the specifics of the action of the film unknown. See more »

Goofs

The New York cop's mouth and speech are badly mismatched. This is because actor Mick Preston used the F-word repeatedly during filming and was later required to dub over his original dialog with less-offensive language. Viewers can still see him mouthing the F-word in certain shots. 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

Features Daikaijû Baran (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Godzilla : Europian Bliss
Performed by Tatsuo Sunaga
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User Reviews

 
Surprising Godzilla movie
16 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very unusual Godzilla film.

It Moves very fast. The monster battles are not like any of the previous films and the human side of the story is as much a focus as the Monsters tale is and surprisingly it is interesting. It works mainly as an adrenaline rush though, it's cathartic. The "monsters" have a lean, muscular look and move fast- they are not the puffy slow moving beasts of the past.

No long drawn out scenes of endless wrestling, this is more like boxing and Godzilla is the master dispatching them all. No need to be a fan to find it entertaining.

This movie does something similar to what "Aliens" did way back in '86. It redefines Godzilla as an Action Hero and goes past what any casual viewer might expect. This is a hard core action film that never lets up and leaves you drained.

The main negative is that it cribs way too much from the film "The Matrix". While Matrix lifted from Asian cinema generously, Final Wars does a Xerox of the copy and in several places has a tin ear regarding some things that are now considered trite and overused the world over.

The movie is just a lot of fun.


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