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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.

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Kaoru Kamigiku (story "Gojira tai Juniagojira") (as Kaoru Kamikiku), Kôichi Kawakita (story "Gojira tai Barubaroi") | 6 more credits »
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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 ... 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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It's a Major Monster Meltdown! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Intended to be the last Godzilla movie until the 50th anniversary of Godzilla (1954) in 2004, which allowed TriStar/SPE (also the distributor of many of the films in the USA) to make a trilogy of American Godzilla movies starring Matthew Broderick during that time. However, the poor critical response and box-office revenue of Godzilla (1998) caused TriStar/SPE to abandon plans for a second and third film and Tôhô to bring back Gojira sooner than planned with Godzilla 2000 (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Destoroyah is dragging Godzilla across the airport runway, people move about in the terminal and a plane is even seen moving toward the runway. See more »

Quotes

Yukari Yamane: Forgive me. You seem like a romantic.
Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: Well maybe I am a romantic.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Miscellaneous Myths: The Tarasque (2018) See more »

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Godzilla's death scene mishandled.
2 February 2004 | by senortuffySee all my reviews

This should have been a much better movie than it was. The drama of Godzilla meeting his end after years of mayhem and endless battles with other monsters should have been handled much better. What hurt the story the most was the murky plot and the battle scene at the end that went on far too long.

Godzilla is ready for a nuclear meltdown after all these years. Somehow, we're supposed to believe that Godzilla operates like a nuclear power plant. Forget the atomic mutation theory, Godzilla is a walking Chernobyl in this film. He glows an orangish red and steam comes off of him.

Mixed into the plot is the destruction of the island where little Godzilla lived in peace all these years. It's melted into the sea as a result of some energy displacement and little Godzilla is no longer little or cute. He's a young adult now, and he's headed for Japan.

The monster in this film is one that's been produced by the oxygen destroyer used way back in the very first Godzilla film. The soil has been contaminated with it, and there arises a creature that has crablike legs and a mouth like the monster in "Alien" had.

Godzilla trashes Hong Kong in the opening scenes, then heads north to Japan, apparently on the trail of his son. Little Godzilla is heading to his ancestral home in the Bering Strait (underwater?), but when Destroyer starts rampaging through Tokyo, the authorities use the telepathic skills of Miki to entice little Godzilla to detour to Tokyo so that his papa might follow and fight the monster. Which is what happens.

The Destroyer creatures mutate into one big one and the fight is on. Little Godzilla puts up quite a fight but he's no match for the much bigger Destroyer. Godzilla enters Tokyo Bay and is ready to protect his son, but it's too late.

The scenes were little Godzilla plaintively wails towards his father are really quite touching. And when he dies, I found myself emotionally upset. Godzilla is beside himself with anguish and you really see him for the natural being that he is.

This should have been the central scene of the entire film but the long overdrawn battle between Godzilla and Destroyer overshadows it. Into the mix throw the idiotic Super X something or other, a lumbering plane with freezing ray guns and such, that darts in and out of the action. I would have much rather seen more of the Godzilla family drama than half an hour of monsters tangling amidst the wreckage of Tokyo.

Still, this isn't a bad addition to the series, and as all good Godzilla fans know, he really isn't dead because they've made a few more films with him since. Good characters die hard.


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Release Date:

9 December 1995 (Japan) See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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