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Godzilla 1985 (1985)

Gojira (original title)
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Writers:

Hideichi Nagahara, Tomoyuki Tanaka (story "The Resurrection of Godzilla") | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka ... Goro Maki
Yasuko Sawaguchi Yasuko Sawaguchi ... Naoko Okumura
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Dr. Hayashida
Shin Takuma ... Hiroshi Okumura
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Prime Minister Mitamura
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Finance Minister Kanzaki
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Takegami, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Foreign Minister Emori
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Director-General of the Defense Agency
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Geologist Minami
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Chief Editor Gondo
Takenori Emoto Takenori Emoto ... Desk Editor Kitagawa
Sho Hashimoto Sho Hashimoto ... Captain of Super X
Nobuo Kaneko ... Home Affairs Minister Isomura
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

The Legend Is Reborn. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla: 1985 See more »

Filming Locations:

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$509,502, 23 August 1985

Gross USA:

$4,116,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,852,242
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono (US release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the last Godzilla film for special effects art director Yasuyuki Inoue. He had originally been loaned to Toho to work on the original Godzilla (1954). See more »

Goofs

The flock of birds that lure Godzilla away from the power plant are clearly hand-drawn animations, as their framerate is half of that of the live-action footage. See more »

Quotes

[US Version]
Goro Maki: If it triggers a real volcanic eruption, Godzilla will be burned alive. What a horrible death.
Dr. Hayashida: It won't kill him. Couldn't.
[Goro looks on skeptically]
Hiroshi Okumura: What do you mean? It's gotta' kill him, Professor!
Dr. Hayashida: The other night at the reactor... Didn't you sense it? The beast has a purpose. 30 years ago, Godzilla appeared for the first time. Before that, he was only a legend. Godzilla is a warning. A warning to every one of us. When mankind falls into conflict with nature, monsters are born. ...
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Alternate Versions

In the US version, the character of Hiroshi Okumura (Shin Takuma) is renamed "Ken" (or "Kenny," as his sister Naoko calls him). However, his character is still called "Hiroshi Okumura" in the credits. See more »

Connections

Followed by Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) See more »

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User Reviews

unfairly maligned
7 March 2004 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

Godzilla returns in a (somewhat) serious vehicle with a (somewhat) big budget. Americans yawned or laughed this off the screen, for the most part, but if you dig Godzilla you should dig this, his most respectable film since the 1954 original.

Yes, it's not that fast paced. No, Godzilla doesn't fight with other creatures. So what? After about twenty lurid, cheap movies that involved Godzilla in mortal combat with rubberized foes, it was nice to see him get back to menacing basics here.

While the special effects are not quite up to the Hollywood standard, they're still entertaining and reasonably convincing. American critics who slammed the film's look were being just a tad intolerant - all foreign films tend to be cheaper than ours, so inferior effects are a given. My bottom line for judging SFX is not, "are they realistic?" but "are they fun?", and the shots of Godzilla laying waste to Tokyo are indeed fun.

Godzilla fans often complain about the film's overtly political concerns and somber mood, but I have to disagree with them; I like a bit of realism, a bit of credibility. I do think that there are several better, faster-paced Godzilla films (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, GMK), but this is still a standout entry in the series.

Who knows when we'll get another solo vehicle for the big G? The upcoming Godzilla: Final Wars will apparently feature a total of ten monsters. At least in this movie, Godzilla had the spotlight all to himself.


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