Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Poster


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This is the first time that Mothra was Godzilla's ally since Destroy All Monsters (1968).
Ever since playing Godzilla in Godzilla 2000 (1999), the suits that stuntman Tsutomu Kitagawa wore weighed 100 kilograms, and he compared it to "dragging a tire and giving a piggy-back ride to a fat man while walking." For this film, however, director Ryûhei Kitamura required greater flexibility out of Godzilla. Thus, the new, slimmed-down Godzilla suit weighs 30 kilograms. Kitagawa compared wearing the new suit to "dragging something light with a child on my back."
Veteran actor Akira Takarada makes his sixth appearance in a Godzilla film, playing UN Secretary General Naotaro Daigo. His first was in the original Godzilla (1954), in which he played Hideto Ogata when he was 19. This is a fitting tribute to the first film from 50 years earlier. He was previously in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992) as Jôji Minamino.
This 28th Godzilla film marked the final use of Toho's Big Pool water tank, which was used for the water scenes for all Tôhô special effects-related films since Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960), for which it was constructed. The Big Pool was 88 meters wide and 72 meters long. It was given one final performance when it was last used for this film on September 7th and was demolished on October 13th. Toho's decision to destroy the pool was due to "progress of special-effects technology such as CG, and a large-scale reconstruction plan of the studio." This was considered by many to be the end of an era.
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.
Director Ryûhei Kitamura and the Tôhô Company hired veteran British music artist Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) to provide the film's score, and tracks from popular North American punk-rock groups. Sum 41 and Zebrahead contribute to the film's soundtrack since those groups were really popular in Japan. (Sum 41's song "We Are To Blame" will be used, and Zebrahead provides an instrumental rock-metal piece, "Godzilla Vs. Tokyo") This marks the first time in a Japanese-produced Godzilla film (in its original Japanese version) of popular music artists outside Japan contributing to a Gojira film's soundtrack.
Whereas regular monsters Mothra and King Ghidorah (this time as Kaisâ-Gidorâ) appear once again, this film marks the long-awaited return of Toho Monsters that have not been seen in decades, including Angirasu (last seen in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)), Radon (last seen in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)), and Gigan (not seen since Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)). Kumonga (Spiga) and Manda were last seen in Destroy All Monsters (1968), and Kamakiras (Gimantis) and Godzilla's son Minira were last seen in Godzilla's Revenge (1969). There are also returns from monsters not seen since their first appearances, such as Ebirâ (from Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), not counting his stock-footage appearance in Godzilla's Revenge (1969)!), Hedorah (from Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971) ) and King Shisâ (from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)).
Executive Producer Shogo Tomiyama decided to extend the film's production schedule beyond the regular time allowed by Toho for Godzilla films, so that the film will be finished before the general release date of 11 December. As a result, this will be the only Godzilla film (as of 2004) that will not have a sneak preview at the Tokyo International Film Festival, which has shown all Godzilla movies every year since Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), a month before their general releases.
On 29 November 2004, on the same day that Godzilla got his highly publicized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (#2270), this film made its world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater, making this the first time that a Japanese-made Godzilla film made its premiere outside Japan (where the film was released on 4 December 2004).
Tôhô continued its practice of casting actors from the original Godzilla series into roles in films for this latest series. For this film, they brought back Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, and Kumi Mizuno. In addition, at least four actors from the Heisei Godzilla series appear in this film, and at least one different actor that starred in each of the preceding Millennium Godzilla films makes an appearance in this movie.
In one scene, Godzilla takes on Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar at once. These three monsters were allies of Godzilla in the Showa era (1954-1975) of the Godzilla series.
The two operatives at the Antarctic Area-G base listen to a record that is playing the battle music from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
The film makes a reference to Gamera, the giant turtle monster from a competing film series, when the child playing with the monster toys yells "You loser!" at a turtle doll and throws it into the fireplace.
This is the last film in the third movie series (the "Millennium Series"), which started in 1999 (with Godzilla 2000 (1999)). Toho also widely reported that this would be the last Godzilla film for at least a decade (because of the weak box office performances of the previous two films).
Actress Tomoe Shinohara, who played the girl in the hostel and hospital scenes in "Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki" appears in this film portraying herself in the TV talk show scene. She's identified by a name tag on the table.
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.
When picking the monsters for the film, Kitamura originally had Gorosaurus from King Kong Escapes (1967) and Kiriyu (Mekagojira) from Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) to appear in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
One of the attendees at the film's Los Angeles premiere was Patrick Tatopoulos, the creature designer and supervisor for Godzilla (1998). Tatopoulos said that he felt honored that the creature he designed was featured, albeit in a rather inglorious role, in an official Toho Godzilla film.
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.
In Destroy All Monsters (1968), Mothra appears only in her larvae stage, never shown as a fully-grown moth. In this film the opposite is true, with Mothra only appearing as a fully-grown moth, never seen in her larvae stage.
The eyepiece occasionally worn by the Controller of Planet X is a reference to the eyepieces worn by the original X aliens from Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965).
As a treat to die-hard Godzilla fans, Zilla, appears in this film. The creature, other than bearing a striking resemblance to the American interpretation of Godzilla, is conceived to directly reference it. This because, according to director Ryûhei Kitamura the 1998 film "has taken the 'God' out of Godzilla." Since the release of the film, Zilla has been accepted as a canonization of the American Godzilla, whereas they are different characters.
This is billed as Godzilla's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project.
The concept of this movie is a mix of elements from the movie _Destroy All Monsters (1968)_, and the games "Godzilla: Monster Of Monsters" and "Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee". It uses the idea of alien invaders coming to earth with an army of monsters at their disposal, having Godzilla being able to avoid control and fight the army of monsters in various cities and areas across the world comes from "Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee", and Mothra being his only real ally was used in "Godzilla: Monster Of Monsters".
Some other Tôhô monsters appear via stock footage during the voice over for the film. Those monsters are Varan (from Varan the Unbelievable (1962)), Baragon (from Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)), Gaira (from The War of the Gargantuas (1966)), Gezora (from Yog: Monster from Space (1970)), Titanosaurus (from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)), Megaguirus (from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)), Mechagodzilla (in fake Godzilla form - from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)), and Godzilla Junior (Minira) (from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)).
Most of Hedorah's scenes were deleted, and in the final cut the monster only makes a brief cameo appearance. A portion of Hedorah's deleted scenes can be seen briefly in the closing credits montage.
Mick Preston and Darren Dupree Washington (the police offer and the pimp) originally auditioned for each other's role.
Mothra and Gigan begin their battle in front of a fallen Tokyo Tower. In Mothra (1961), Mothra (in her Larva form) destroys this famous landmark to turn herself into her adult form.
Despite being a Japanese film, the child playing with the monster toys refers to Anguirus as "Angilas," the name given to the monster in the English language dubs of several previous Godzilla films.
Despite being one of Toho's most popular monsters, Mechagodzilla did not appear in the film, having been the focus of the two immediately preceding films: Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003).
Aside from Godzilla Junior appearing in stock footage during the opening credits, none of the original monsters from the "Heisei" Godzilla film series are featured in this movie.

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