Godzilla returns in a brand-new movie that ignores all preceding movies except for the original with a brand new look and a powered up atomic ray. This time he battles a mysterious UFO that later transforms into a mysterious kaiju dubbed Orga. They meet up for the final showdown in the city of Shinjuku.Written by
On 15 July 1999, Toho broadcast two hours of the film's production on the Internet. The scene being prepared and filmed was where Godzilla smashes his way through Shinjuku (probably in the scene where he prepares to fight the Gigantic UFO). This was also the first time people got to see the new Godzilla suit, just a day before the press presented more official photos of it. See more »
When we see Shinoda inspecting Godzilla's footprints on the beach, Godzilla's heavy tail dragging behind him seems to have not left a trail among the footprints. Even the very first Godzilla movie included a tail trail in between Godzilla's footprints in a similar scene. See more »
Godzilla's roar is heard right before the "A Tri-Star Release" credit at the end of the closing credits. (US version only) See more »
Scenes deleted from the US version include:
Some quick shots of a train station in Nemuro during the film's opening.
After Yuki asks for directions to GPN's office, she goes into a factory-like complex, and spots a sign (with crude version of the GPN logo), with an arrow pointing up a flight of stairs. She enters the office, but since Shinoda was too busy to help her, he points to his daughter Io, who prepares to give Yuki her membership form in the next scene.
The scene where the UFO rears right-side up (due to its recharging from the rising sun) was trimmed.
The sequence with Godzilla's raid in Tokaimura was also trimmed. (The scene where Godzilla sets off the Blast Bombs in the lake was noticably cut, as the tremendous watery explosion was suddenly gone in the next shot, which made for a glaring continuity problem).
In the Japanese version, said sequence ended when Godzilla was beginning to charge his Radioactive Heat Beam, but was heavily bombarded with jets, and Godzilla's aim was abruptly cut short. This was removed in the US version.
Right after Io talks to her dad on the phone about handing the GPN's MO discs to CCI, she takes out her magnetic "pinbox" (referred to as her "summer homework" in the Japanese version), and slides a drawing of a flower into it (This was the same pinbox Shinoda used to demonstrate the effects of Organizer G-1 on the formless alien life form in the UFO, just before Godzilla rose from Tokyo Bay). This brief scene was cut in the US version.
During the sequence where the UFO enters Shinjuku, the scene with the astonished taxi driver in a confusion of heavy traffic was longer in the Japanese version (This scene was a parody of a similar scene in Independence Day).
When Shinoda finishes decoding the information on the Millennian aliens on Yuki's laptop in the soon-to-be-detonated building, he is about to run out with it until he sees the English word "Millennium" on all of the monitors in the room. He reads "Millennium" in English. This scene was completely removed in the US version.
In the Japanese version, just after the Blast Bombs are detonated in the top section of the Shinjuki media building (with the UFO perched on top), and the UFO was completely unscratched, it transmits a bilingual (Japanese/English) "message" on all media throughout the city, with words (and images of space exploration and military machinery) like "Earth," "Destruction," "Alteration," "Conquest," "Erase," "Suppression," "Dominate," "Terror," "Eternity," "Prosperity," "Revolution" and finally, "Kingdom." This was just before the UFO destroys the rest of the building (with Shinoda inside trying to escape).
The scene where Shinoda tries to escape the collapsing building through an elevator was fixed in the US version. In the Japanese version, one is led to believe that Shinoda "perished" in the falling rubble (we hear his scream in that same scene).
Having seen a few flicks this year, I must confess that this is the best movie of the summer....near as I can tell. Four of us went...one 52 years old, one 37, one 14 and the other 11 and we all agreed that the movie was terrific...and that is what it is..a real summer "movie"...a totally wonderful waste of time. Cheesey is the word that comes to mind...cheesey dubbing, chessey effects, and of course the patented "Godzilla walk". The plot, such as it is, makes little sense...but who cares? The absolute definition of a "popcorn movie"....this is a must see for all ages....at least if you have a sense of humour.
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