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Godzilla: Final Wars -- 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.
Godzilla: Final Wars -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay)
Wataru Mimura (story)
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Release Date:
27 November 2004 (Portugal) See more »
Tagline:
Earth: Out-numbered, Out-monstered, Out-done. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great, but Overkill See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Masahiro Matsuoka ... Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin'ichi Ôzaki
Rei Kikukawa ... UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi

Don Frye ... Douglas Gordon
Maki Mizuno ... Newscaster Anna Otonashi
Kazuki Kitamura ... The Controller of Planet X

Kane Kosugi ... 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

Masami Nagasawa ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Wataru Shihôdô ... Major Kita
Kenta Suga ... Kenta Taguchi
Shigeru Izumiya ... Samon Taguchi
Eve Masatoh ... Xilian General
Shinji Suzuki ... Mutant Soldier
Minoru Matsumoto ... Gotengo Crew Member
Kanae Uotani ... Xilian
Tak Sakaguchi ... Xilian
Antonio Ploszay ... Earth Defense Force Control Center Chief (as Antonio Ploszay)
Yasunari Takeshima
Yumi Kikuchi ... Female Earth Defense Force Soldier
Yasuhiro Takeuchi ... Gotengo Crew Member
Taro Kanazawa
Shintaro Matsubara
Kazuhito Ohba ... Gotengo Crew Member
Usô Ozaki
Tomoya Nanami
Matthew Barron (as Matthew Masaru Barron)
Seina Kasugai
Makoto Inoue
Akira Kojima

Chuck Johnson ... M-Facilities Soldier (as Charles Johnson)
Sanshirou Wada
Shuya Yoshimoto
Yuka Ohnishi
Troy Caspi

Jonathan Legg ... Earth Defense Force Soldier
Mansour Diagne
Mitsuhiro Samejima
Toshimichi Tasaki
Ryu Kohata
Akira Nakao ... Original Gotengo Commander
Kôichi Ueda ... Original Gotengo Deputy Captain
Jun Hashizume ... Daigo's Aide
Kô Takasugi ... Captain of the Karyu
Hideo Sakaki ... Crew Member on Eclair
Shin'ichi Hatori
Kenji Kohashi ... X
Michael Tomioka
Yoshihiko Otsuki
Jun'ichirô Nirasawa
Tomoe Shinohara
Nobuaki Kakuda
Daisaku Kimura ... Guy on TV
Takashi Matsuo
Shirô Sano ... Assassin
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Man On Sofa Watching TV
Tamao Satô
Ray Sefo ... Glenn
Gary Goodridge ... Area G Worker
Yôji Tanaka
Kôichi Yamadera ... Narrator (voice)

Mick Preston ... New York Cop

Darren Dupree Washington ... New York Gangster Pimp (as Darren Schnase)

Michael Croaker ... Ritchie

Brad McMurray ... Johnny
Michael Anthony Taylor (as Michael-Anthony Taylor)
Joe Fenech
Alexandre Delegue
Jordan Fleming
Ryo Hashizume (as Ryô Hashizume)
Arisa Miyazawa
Hiroshi Asayama
Yoshinobu Shigemura
Yasuhiro Koshi
Yoshiichi Kawada
Kyosuke Hayashi

Mark Okita
Yumi Yamaoka
Hiroko Akune ... Xilian
Reika Kirishima ... Female Xilian
Naka Oikawa
Masahiro Noguchi
Hakobu Okubo
Kôji Naitô

Cynthia Cheston ... Tower Staff
Samuel Pop Aning ... Earth Defense Force Operator (as Samuel Pop)
Jack Woodyard
Victor Casale

Shelley Sweeney ... Commanding Officer of French Aerial Battleship Eclaire
Anna Vrabcova
Haruka Orth
Hisataka Kitaoka
Yuma Ueno
Yoshihiro Masujima
Masanobu Kinoshita
Takaaki Ariyoshi
Taro Hosono
Masato Ishida
Tomohito Wakizaki
Tomohiro Tanaka
Haruo Ishikawa
Tadashi Yamamoto
Yûsuke Kamiji
Gô Jibiki
Gen Inayama
Anri Iwasaki
Noir
Yuichiro Suzuki
Hironobu Ohashi
Mitsuki Harada
Hideyuji Anzai
Takahiro Togawa
Taiki Domoto
Kelly Duke
Mike Han
Helaine Rondon
Francis Enoma Osa (as Enoma Francis Osa)
Yumiko Oka
Keiji Emi
Akihiro Ugajin
Hideki Kambara
Kenji Motomiya
Koji Hoshina
Hiroshi Ishimaru
Gen Mizushima
Yuki Kawanishi
Kazumori Matsui
Tomoaki Yahata
Miki Tanimura
Akane Matsui
Aki Tominaga
Takao Shino
Mamoru Shiga
Masayoshi Suzuki
Keisuke Yamashita
Daisuke Sasanuma
Makoto Tonozaki
Takahiro Kobayashi
Kimihiro Mikami
Goei Kajiyama
Tsuneki Togame
Yuzo Furuya
Yô Kamiyoshihara
Wataru Yamamoto
Yusaku Terauchi
Hidefumi Muranaka
Tatsuya Kawabara
Toru Kurabayashi
Yuichiro Kitayama
Yukio Kawana
Taketo Takahashi
Masayuki Kasuga
Masatoshi Fushimi
Atsuya Anma
Shintaro Tokunaga
Takayoshi Chikano
Kazemichi Tokyo
Daisuke Higo
Kosei Goukon
Mitsuto Hamada
Shoichi Teshima
Ryoga
Yûji Suzuki
Tetsuya Segawa
Eiji Ayuzawa
Yuto Kawabata
Keijiro Matsushima
Teiji Sumino
Eriko Harada
Keita Watanabe
Takuya Masaoka
Tatsuya Yamaguchi
Yutaro Ichinose
Hidetatsu Yoshikawa
Takahiro Ariyama
Noriyuki Okajima
Toshio Mogi
Shinji Moriyasu
Kôichi Itô
Yohei Kawai
Jun Kunimura ... Major Komuro
Nami Ichinohe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryûki Kitaoka
Robert Baldwin ... (uncredited)
Delcea Mihaela Gabriela ... (uncredited)
Masayoshi Haneda ... (uncredited)

Elisabeth Hayward ... Street runner (uncredited)
Masatô Ibu ... The Xilian General (uncredited)
Naoko Kamio ... Radon / Minira (suit actress) (uncredited)
Tsutomu Kitagawa ... Gojira (uncredited)

Ryûhei Kitamura ... DJ Interviewer (uncredited)
Shôichirô Masumoto ... (uncredited)
Motokuni Nakagawa ... Kingu Shîsâ / Monsutâ Ekkusu (uncredited)
Toshihiro Ogura ... Angirasu / Ebira / Hedora (suit actor) (uncredited)
Matthew Scott ... Street Runner (uncredited)

Directed by
Ryûhei Kitamura 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isao Kiriyama  screenplay
Ryûhei Kitamura  screenplay
Wataru Mimura  story
Shogo Tomiyama  story

Produced by
Shogo Tomiyama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Keith Emerson  (as Kîsu Emâson)
Nobuhiko Morino 
Daisuke Yano 
 
Cinematography by
Takumi Furuya 
 
Art Direction by
Deborah Riley 
 
Production Management
Takuma Hayashi .... production manager
Geoff Martin .... unit manager: Sydney
Shunji Okada .... production manager: New York
Masamichi Sawada .... unit manager: Paris
Manabu Shinoda .... post-production producer
Julie Sims .... production manager: Australia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yasuhiro Matsuda .... assistant director
Takayuki Mizuno .... assistant director
Hideaki Murakami .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yumiko Arakawa .... carpenter
Laura Ibanez-Bailey .... props
Yasushi Nirasawa .... designer: Gigan and Planet X Alien
Shinji Nishikawa .... designer: Godzilla, all other monsters
Yoji Shinkawa .... designer: Gôten/Atragon Warship
Patrick Tatopoulos .... creature design: Zilla
Katsuya Terada .... designer: Monster X
 
Sound Department
Shin'ichi Itô .... sound effects
Shôichi Nishimura .... sound effects
Miki Nomura .... assistant sound engineer
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Eiichi Asada .... special effects director
Kakusei Fujiwara .... lead sculptor
Toshio Miike .... special effects production designer
Rikiya Sô .... assistant moldmaker
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... creature effects producer
 
Visual Effects by
Masato Aonuma .... cg artist: NTT Media Lab
Atsuo Fujiwara .... animator
Takashi Kato .... miniature model maker
Taro Kiba .... miniature model maker
Kei Kinoshita .... miniature model maker
Nobuhiro Kondô .... CGI director
Yoshiaki Nakaichi .... digital effects artist
Koichi Noguchi .... cgi director: Toei Animation
Yuichi Sato .... miniature model maker
Isamu Tajima .... miniature model maker
 
Stunts
Mick Hodge .... stunt performer
Chuck Johnson .... stunts
Satoshi Katô .... stunts
Tsutomu Kitagawa .... suit action advisor
Philip Partridge .... stunt performer
Takashi Sakamoto .... stunts
Kensuke Sonomura .... stunt rigger
Michihiro Takeda .... action coordinator
Tomoki Tamura .... stunts
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Bell .... grip
Jason Binnie .... first assistant camera
Simon Gonzalez Velez .... assistant camera
Shin Hayasaka .... assistant camera
Kiyoshi Itô .... camera operator
Kiyoshi Itô .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tomoya Kamata .... grip
Motonobu Kiyoku .... cinematographer: outside of Japan
Tsuyoshi Mafune .... assistant camera
David Nichols .... key grip
Ryô Ohta .... grip
Manabu Satô .... video engineer
Makoto Tamura .... grip
Masaaki Yokomichi .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Lynne Hobday .... music production associate
Lynne Hobday .... soundtrack associate
Akira Ifukube .... composer: theme music
Masaru Satô .... composer: stock music
Kazunori Shimizu .... music editor
 
Other crew
Deborah Alleck .... production coordinator
Kyle Cooper .... title producer: main title sequence
Erwan Grajean .... production coordinator: paris
Takuma Hayashi .... production coordinator: New York
Peter Hicks .... location manager: Sydney
Yoshikazu Ishii .... director: making of
Tomoko Katahara .... production coordinator: shanghai
Takahiro Ohtake .... production coordinator: sydney
Tak Sakaguchi .... action choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gojira: Fainaru uôzu" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence
Runtime:
125 min | Argentina:125 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For the first time ever in a Tôhô-produced Godzilla film, there is an actual location shoot in the USA, mostly in New York City, thanks to Zazou Productions, a Japanese media company based there. However, principal scenes with the policeman and the pimp were shot in Sydney, Australia. Actual NYC sequences were shot at an undisclosed location. Scenes that are supposed to take place in Arizona, however, were shot in Broken Hill, another part of Australia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The lights on the Empire State Building change color from the skyline shot to the close-up.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...
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Rudezilla MixSee more »

FAQ

Is this really the final Godzilla movie?
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Great, but Overkill, 19 July 2005
Author: Damon Foster (damonfoster@earthlink.net) from Bay Area, CA

My favorite Godzilla movie since TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Toho; 1975)! Since 2000, I felt the series was a string of indistinguishable films. I was also never impressed by the 'heisei' or post-GODZILLA 1985 series. So for better or worse, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS stands out. It tends to emulate the more over-the-top Godzilla movies of the 1970s, which I certainly don't mind. Instead of following the exact same pattern as all of GODZILLA 2000's (Toho; 2000) predecessors, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS takes a more creative approach and swipes ideas from THE MATRIX (Silver Pictures; 1999), all them X-Men comic books, and spatterings of typical Japanese TV hero stuff. While all these mixed genres may not play off each other perfectly and we have a mess of a film at times, at least we've finally got a Godzilla movie that actually stands out from the rest (I think the only other stand out film is 1971's GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER).

However, its over-the-top approach was headache-inducing: The fast pace is overkill (in sharp contrast to every movie in the series starting with GODZILLA 1985), and reminded me of crazy Hong Kong fantasies of the 1980s or 1990s, specifically Tsui Hark farces like ZU: WARRIORS OF THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (Golden Harvest; 1983). It got frustrating trying to keep up, amid all the quick edits and flashy gimmicks which hide a fairly simple story we've seen before (space invaders attack Earth and control giant monsters). Yet despite all this, I still like the movie a lot, and consider it an improvement over everything to come out of the series in the 1980s and 1990s.

The human characters at least offer old timers like Kumi Mizuno and Akira Takarada some interesting roles, and I didn't recognize Akira Takarada right away. The younger actors are interesting too-- better than the generic, boring soldiers of the last few movies, at any rate. The main villain, in his typical post-MATRIX black cape, has this eerie make-up, but is so emotional and bumbling that he's more clown-like than scary.

Many Godzilla fans dislike the movie, but with me, you're seeing it from the point-of-view of a fan of superheroes & martial arts. So I think this puts me in a position to evaluate & appreciate the over-all movie on another level. When the heroes and villains clash, it's fairly exciting action, but being a post-THE MATRIX movie, everything is over-enhanced with CGI junk. Their plight is diminished because we know there's really no thrilling stunt work. I met action choreographer & stuntman Tsutomu Kitagawa last year, and we did some comical martial arts moves for video cameras. His karate skills are first rate, having studied at Sonny Chiba's Japan Action Club and made his debut in superhero programs such as the classic AKUMAIZER 3 (Toei; 1974) series. Unfortunately, his work is diminished because of the CGI 'enhancements' which give all the choreography & stunts an artificial feel. What's the point of a high-speed motorcycle chase that isn't real? It's like a radio ventriloquist; simply defeating the purpose. While it might not impress the average dai-kaiju fan, there are fans of superheroes & martial arts who will find fun in GFW. Though the typical Godzilla fans might hate GFW, the typical Kamen Rider fans will like it.

There's an impressive list of nostalgic names on hand: Not just Godzilla and Ghidrah, but Rodan, Mothra, Atragon, King Seesar, Minya, Manda, Angilas, Hedorah, Gino, Spiga, Gimantis, and Ebirah all make appearances. This tops the masterpiece DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Toho; 1968) in that respect (sheer quantity). It's always exciting to see old favorites return. Angilas looked pretty damn slick, but I didn't like the designs of the two new (and over-used!) Gigans, felt Gimantis & Rodan relied too much on CGI artificiality, I never liked the "Godzilla with ears" look, and thought the meager cameos by Gino & Hedorah were way too brief and abrupt; amounting to little more than in-jokes than actual monster battles. Sad to say, for the first time ever, I thought Minya had one of the better designs and was the most interesting monster! So I guess I didn't like the way all the monsters looked, but just seeing them all in one film made it amusing.

All in all, it strikes me as a great film and if it wasn't the "final" (?) film in the series, I would consider it a step in the right direction. -Damon

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