A reporter investigates the disappearance of a ship. He finds the ship and discovers that all the hands have been killed by a giant sea louse except for one. The lone survivor then tells the reporter that the ship was attacked by Godzilla (Gojira). Fearing a panic, the Japanese government then takes the survivor into custody to keep him from revealing that Godzilla has returned. However, a Soviet nuclear submarine is destroyed and the situation puts them and the United States on the brink of nuclear war, until the Japanese decide to come clean and admit that it was Godzilla. Soon the Japan and the rest of the world are on red alert as they wait for Godzilla to begin his rampage anew.Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
This was not only the last Godzilla film produced during the Showa Era in Japan (the reign of Emperor Hirohito (1921-1989), but also the first film in a new series (later called the "Versus Series" in Japan), a direct sequel to the original film, Gojira (1954). The next film, Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), was the first Godzilla film to be filmed in the Heisei Era (the reign of Emperor Akihito; 1989-present). However, since this movie is a direct prequel to Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), this film is still considered to be part of the "Heisei" era. See more »
In the shot of Godzilla's shadow lingering over the fleeing crowd, the light is coming from the left side of the screen, so Godzilla's shadow shouldn't be visible. See more »
[to Godzilla, who's outside the window of the building]
What are you doing here? You have the rest of Shinjuku to play with!
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The first run release prints issued by New World Pictures in the U.S. contained the classic Marv Newland short before the feature. This has frequently caused an incorrect longer running time to be listed for the U.S. version. See more »
Not the best Godzilla movie, but one of my favorites.
Yes, there are Godzilla movies that have better special effects. There are Godzilla movies that have better stories. There are Godzilla movies that are better directed.
But if you ask me which Godzilla movies are my favorites, I'll rank "Godzilla 1985" over just about all of them.
Why? It may be the mid-80's special effects, which while looking relatively modern still retain some "old school" charm. It may be the excellent Cold War-era politics (compared to today's chaos, the Cold War was practically comforting). It may be the excellent music by Reijiro Koroku, the only Godzilla composer to match Akira Ifukube.
I even enjoy the US dubbed version. While the Dr. Pepper ads and the supposed humor does wear on you, most of the actors do a pretty good job in their roles, though I wish it had been butchered less.
Give "Godzilla 1985" a chance.
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