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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Gojira vs. Desutoroiâ (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 9 December 1995 (Japan)
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.

Director:

Takao Okawara

Writer:

Kazuki Ohmori
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takurô Tatsumi Takurô Tatsumi ... Dr. Kensaku Ijuin
Yôko Ishino Yôko Ishino ... Yukari Yamane
Yasufumi Hayashi Yasufumi Hayashi ... Kenichi Yamane
Megumi Odaka Megumi Odaka ... Miki Saegusa
Sayaka Osawa Sayaka Osawa ... Meru Ozawa
Saburô Shinoda Saburô Shinoda ... Professor Fukazawa
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Commander Takaki Aso
Masahiro Takashima ... Major Sho Kuroki
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko Yamane
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Army General
Ronald Hoerr Ronald Hoerr ... Professor Marvin
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Night Watchman at Aquarium
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Yukari's Editor
Shelley Sweeney ... G-Force Technician
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (archive footage)
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Storyline

Something has destroyed Birth Island, home of Godzilla and Little Godzilla and soon, it is discovered that Godzilla has developed a bright flaming glow, indicating that his nuclear energy is growing out of control. Fearing that Godzilla will soon explode, the G-Force tries to freeze him, thus cooling his temperature. But another problem arises as a horde of human sized creatures, formed from a combination of Godzilla cells, and the weapon that destroyed the original one, The Oxygen Destroyer. Now the military must try to stop these creatures and stop Godzilla from going through a nuclear meltdown that could destroy the world. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <demonusr@ncentral.com>

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Taglines:

Gojira Shizu [Godzilla Dies!] See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

9 December 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tôhô planned to release this movie as "Godzilla Vs. Destroyer" to the English-language markets, but when it realized that copyrighting an everyday word such as "destroyer" for its monster would be difficult, they released the film as "Godzilla VS Destoroyah" since "destoroyah" is close to the English version of the word, and was a unique name that could be copyrighted easily. When Tôhô had the movie dubbed into English, it made sure the monster was called "destroyer" on film, since that was the intended name. See more »

Goofs

In the wide shots, it is evident that the juvenile Destroyah monsters are actually just their movie tie-in toy figures being moved about. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: Godzilla's gone. He's turned Tokyo into a ghost city.
Yukari Yamane: It looks like we've paid for it at the end.
Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: Paid for what?
Yukari Yamane: All of it. All that stupid use of nuclear energy.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits feature scenes from Godzilla (1954) and the Heisei series of films (The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah), ignoring the other entries in the Godzilla series in between the 1954 and 1984 films, just like the films in the Heisei series did since The Return of Godzilla was a direct sequel to the 1954 film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US version cuts a majority of the ending credits, shortening the runtime from 103 minutes to 100 minutes. However, the credits have been recently restored for use on the Starz channels. See more »

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User Reviews

 
The most moving and thrilling of all Godzilla films.
6 September 1999 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

The most moving and thrilling of all Godzilla films, with a solid plot, smooth acting, moving music and emotional drama. I enjoyed this movie; the final one in the Godzilla "Heisei" series, in which Godzilla's heart, basically like a nuclear reactor, is on a verge of a meltdown. This will result in the disintegration of the entire city. As a result, this movie is a thrilling race against time to stop Godzilla before he melts down.

This G-film's story is particularly captivating and unique, exciting from start to finish. The film also includes a combination of elements that is iconic to a Godzilla film: scientists, reporters, military, Tokyo, fleeing citizens, city destruction, monster battles and Akira Ifukube's brilliant music score. And, it includes a host of actors that appeared in past Godzilla films, most notably Momoko Kochi reprising her 1954 role as Emiko Yamane. All this is a great homage to have in the final Godzilla film of the Heisei series.

There is one thrilling scene in which I especially liked - the part when Yukari gets trapped in the police car with Destoroyah pursuing her. And, the part when Miki breaks down and cry when Godzilla Junior laid lifeless on the ground almost reduced me to tears - reminding you that this film is Godzilla's final bow. I really despise Destoroyah, after all the damaged he has done. Godzilla should have melted that ugly arachnid. And, I would have made the Ken and Meru characters a little less annoying.

But overall, a terrific, heart-pounding film to close out the second Godzilla series. A must see for all.

Grade A-


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