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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 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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Get Ready for a Three-Way Monster Melee! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia TriStar Home Video (formally later known as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) released the film and Godzilla VS Spacegodzilla on home video on January 19, 1999, the first time that either film had been officially released in the United States. TriStar used the Toho dubs, but cut the end credits and created new titles and opening credits for both films. The complete Toho international version of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has been broadcast on several premium movie channels since the early 2000s to the present time showing on Crackle and having been released on the 2014 Blu-ray. See more »

Goofs

Obvious wires holding up the monsters in a number of shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: First you come and see me to warn me not to make an Oxygen Destroyer... now you want me to make one?
Kenichi Yamane: It's the only way Godzilla can be destroyed now! Every other means has failed! You're the only one who can do it!
Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: I said I could make one, but I didn't say it was going to be easy, did I? Besides...
Yukari Yamane: Besides?
Dr. Kensaku Ijuin: I made an analysis of the surrounding soil. I've seen the effect the Oxygen Destroyer had on it. If it had have been used on the ground, it's quite obvious that Tokyo would've become a ...
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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 »

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May not nearly be Godzilla's best, but still one of my favourites
5 November 2004 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Version: Japanese audio, English subtitles (by SBS) 'Godzilla vs Destroyer' seems to get mixed reviews from Godzilla fans. It's either awesome or terrible. Having only seen 'Godzilla' (1985) and 'Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla' years ago, I caught 'Godzilla vs Destroyer' when it appeared in SBS's cult-movie time slot. 'Awesome!' was my reaction when the film finished. Sure, Godzilla has a quite a few better movies around, but 'Godzilla vs Destroyer' got me watching Godzilla movies, and for that I guess it will last as one of my favourites.

After Birth Island mysteriously blows up, a very radioactive Godzilla turns up in Hong Kong and trashes the place. Little Godzilla has gone missing, and Godzilla has been supercharged, leaving his heart about to go into nuclear meltdown, according to the mystics of G-Force. Back in Japan. Dr. Ijuin (Takuro Tatsumi) has discovered organisms - created from the DNA of the original Godzilla and the effects of Dr Serizawa's oxygen destroyer from the original 'Godzilla - living in Tokyo Bay. Growing at an alarming rate, the new oxygen destroyers pose a threat greater than Godzilla.

The story strikes me as being a weird mesh of the silliness of some of the later Showa Godzilla films, combined with the scientific merit of any average episode of Power Rangers. 'Godzilla vs Destroyer' tries to be taken seriously, but when given the smallest amount of thought, all the absurdity and rampant gaps in logic really build up. I love it all the same, but I feel that if the story had involved the viewer more instead of shoving insane amounts of drama and science-fiction in our faces, 'Godzilla vs Destroyer' could have easily been one of the best Godzilla films around. No one likes having insane amounts of drama and science-fiction shoved their face.

However, all the absurdity, gaps in logic, and questionable science, make for some cool action scenes, if nothing else. The Destroyer creatures have more than a slight resemblance to the creatures from 'Aliens', and the movie is rife with low budget special effects. Sometimes it is hard to make out what is happening on screen, but the chances are it is just another explosion or monsters duking it out. I enjoy watching monsters duke it out and take entire cities with them, and I'll bet the rest of you do too. Don't lie now.

'Godzilla vs Destroyer' may just be another average Godzilla movie, but I love it for the fact that it was the film that got me interested in Godzilla movies - 7/10


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