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Shin Godzilla -- Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.
Shin Godzilla -- Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.
Shin Godzilla -- Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.


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2016 (Portugal) See more »
A god incarnate. A city doomed.
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Hiroki Hasegawa ... Rando Yaguchi
Yutaka Takenouchi ... Hideki Akasaka

Satomi Ishihara ... Kayoko Ann Patterson
Ren Ôsugi ... Prime Minister Seiji Okochi
Akira Emoto ... Ryuta Azuma
Kengo Kôra ... Yusuke Shimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mikako Ichikawa ... Hiromi Ogashira, Deputy Director of Nature Conservation Bureau

Jun Kunimura ... Masao Zaizen, Integrated Chief of Staff

Pierre Taki ... Saigo, Combat Leader
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Katayama, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ken Mitsuishi ... Kozuka, Governor of Tokyo
Shingo Tsurumi ... Yajima, Joint Staff Deputy
Kimiko Yo ... Reiko Hanamori, Defense Minister
Takumi Saitô ... Ikeda, Tank Captain
Takashi Fujiki ... Tokyo Lieutenant Governor
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Also Known As:
"Shin Gojira" - Japan (original title)
"God Godzilla" - USA (alternative transliteration)
"Godzilla Resurgence" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"New Godzilla" - USA (alternative transliteration)
"True Godzilla" - USA (alternative transliteration)
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120 min
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The only Japanese Godzilla movie in which the monster was realized completely through CGI, abandoning the traditional suitmation effects. However, according to effects supervisor Atsuki Sato, Godzilla's skin was deliberately made to look like rubber as opposed to realistic animal skin, and his movements were performed via motion capture, adding a live performance element to the animation.See more »
Continuity: Godzilla's color changes slightly throughout his first attack.See more »
Rando Yaguchi:What is that glow?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in For the Love of Godzilla (2017)See more »
Main TitleSee more »

15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Smartest Giant Monster Movie I've seen, 17 October 2016
Author: rollins-19092

The movie was a great satire on the Japanese Government during the time of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The reactions by the Prime Minister, defense minister, etc etc during Godzilla's initial appearance perfectly recreate the indecision that lead to more people being killed in that country than necessary during the real life disaster. In short, this movie uses Godzilla to satirize the Japanese government. A new, more decisive body of government forms in the aftermath and one end of it wants to evacuate Tokyo to Nuke him and the other wants to make a more experimental approach by analyzing Godzilla's body chemistry (the science is actually pretty good and leads to a surprisingly tense climax that involves construction cranes pumping hoses down Godzillas throat). The scenes with the humans are also shot in a very dynamic and fast paced way. Characterization suffers (Japanese films do this thing where they just add an odd quirk to a characters personality and call it a day) but its all for the purpose on finding out how to take care of the giant monster rampaging through the city while minimizing human casualties. Believably too, like how the government would actually react would it have happened.

As for the big guy himself, Toho definitely plays around with him a lot. He's still a big green iconic monster, but they change his design more than I've ever seen before. When he first appears in the movie, he's more like a tadpole and over the film evolves into the monster we know. But even then he does things like opens his lower jaw when breathing fire like the predator, shooting beams from his dorsal fin and tail, and there's even a VERY chilling shot at the end involving Godzillas tail with some imagery with broader implications on what Godzilla is able to do. But for all these new things that happen, there's a bunch of stylistic choices that keep it rooted in its history. There's music being used from the original 50's score than ever before (they use more than just that classic brass theme), Godzilla still has his trademark roar, and when he breathes fire in a way we've never seen before (it starts as gas, lights up into a jetstream of flame, and then concentrates into a beam) there's a classic sound effect played that we haven't heard in ages. In short, there's a bunch of new and classic stylistic choices in equal measure. Plus the scene where he destroys Tokyo is, in a weird way, gorgeous to look at.

In short, this is the smartest giant monster movie I've ever seen. It's not for everybody but it's certainly for people who understand what that means.

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