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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Matsuoka ...
Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin'ichi Ôzaki
Rei Kikukawa ...
UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi
Maki Mizuno ...
Newscaster Anna Otonashi
The Controller of Planet X
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
Chihiro Ohtsuka ...
Wataru Shihôdô ...
Major Kita
Kenta Suga ...
Kenta Taguchi
Shigeru Izumiya ...
Samon Taguchi


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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Earth: Out-numbered, Out-monstered, Out-done. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is billed as Godzilla's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project. See more »


The lights on the Empire State Building change color from the skyline shot to the close-up. See more »


[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 »


Follows Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) See more »


What's Wrong?
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User Reviews

A fitting end
8 April 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

If this is the last Godzilla as said, then I can say the series had a good run and ended on a high note. Perhaps not the highest note possible, this is a very flawed film. However, it is the second best in the Millennium series (next to Megaguiras).

If you read my Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla review, than you can easily see why i say so. Many of this series have had this annoying habit of having about thirty minutes of plot, then an hour of monster combat. This one gives equal time to storyline and action sequences.

No matter how short, the monster battles are always entertaining, the high point being a fight between Mothra and Gigan. This battle is relatively quick but still very entertaining. Gigan is one of the most powerful foes in the movie, and it was good to see Mothra getting to fight the second most important monster.

Monster X looked like something that would be creepy if it was human size, or maybe a little taller, and crept around in the shadows of a space station. However it didn't matter when he was easily the most powerful monster in the film (or, at least could transform into it).

The human battles were all done very well, accept for an annoying motorcycle chase which had the dumbest use of Matrix style special effects I have ever seen. However, many disappointed fans exaggerate the Matrix influence. It is clearly there in the action scenes, don't get me wrong, but other than the one I mentioned they are well crafted fight scenes.

I rather not talk about the film's flaws, after all, when they are flaws you find in any action film, what are you going to get from going over them. And that in itself is a flaw: This is an action film. Don't expect a monster movie, it is an action film that happens to have a lot of the action being done by monsters.

With an ending that could bring a tear to one's eye. So the Godzilla series (presumably) ends on a good note, much better than Godzilla vs. Destroyah (Terror of Mechagodzilla was not an ending in my opinion). This is a film to be enjoyed, and should have a place in your collection. Its the movie that every now and then you might just want to pop in the DVD player, just because.

***/**** stars

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