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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  4 December 2004 (Japan)
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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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Newscaster Anna Otonashi
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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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Taglines:

Gojû-nen no Rekishi ga Owaru. (The 50-Year History Comes to an End.) 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)  »

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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

As a treat to die-hard Godzilla fans, Zilla, the monster from the much-maligned 1998 American "GODZILLA" film, appears in this film and battles the Japanese Godzilla, getting beaten easily in one of the series' shortest battles. The former American Godzilla is called "Zilla" in this film because, according to former series producer and head of Toho Shogo Tomiyama, the 1998 movie "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla'" through its portrayal of the monster. Since the release of the film, Zilla has appeared in other media licensed by Toho, including comic series and a mobile game, and is now considered to be an honorary member of Toho's roster of kaiju. 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 »

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[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 »

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A mixed bag.
30 November 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I attended the world premiere of GODZILLA: FINAL WARS in Hollywood tonight, and I must say the experience was incredibly exciting. The film itself, however, was indeed a "mixed bag" of greatness and mediocrity, and I left Grauman's Chinese Theater a bit conflicted.

I found the film's much anticipated title sequence to be too rushed and erratic, much like the film itself. The titles were not easy to read as they literally flashed on and off of the screen on top of distracting clips from classic Godzilla films.

The film's script was as confusing and scattered. The film started with a good, deliberate pace but quickly degenerated into an orgy of images and scenes spliced together in such quick succession, as one person I talked to put it, it was like you were channel surfing between several sci-fi and kaiju films playing at the same time.

The special effects were at times spectacular and beautiful...at other times they looked as if they had been executed in a rather hasty fashion. Some notable effects sequences: the Earth Defense Force's battle with Ebirah, Rodan's attack on New York, Godzilla's battle with Kumonga in New Guinea. Deserving special recognition is Zilla's daytime attack and night time fight with Godzilla in Sydney, Australia. Zilla's CGI was very well executed. There were a handful of effects shots that were not totally bad, but could have used some fine tuning. Manda attacking Atragon could have used some more work, for example.

Keith Emerson's electronic and pulsating music must be the most unique ever heard in a Godzilla film, but well done and intriguing.

As mentioned earlier, the pace of the film is so fast and erratic, it is hard to keep up with. Without giving away specifics, this must be one of the most out-of-control, if not THE most out-of-control script in the series.

It will take me a few days to figure out my true feelings about this film, but I imagine, with its high points and its flaws, this will be one of the most controversial films in the series among fans.


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