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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jî shômetsu sakusen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
Japan creates an artificial black hole device to trap Godzilla forever, but a test of the device creates new foes for Godzilla, car-sized dragonflies called meganula and their queen, Megaguirus.
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Credited cast:
Misato Tanaka Misato Tanaka ... Kiriko Tsujimori
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Hajime Kudo
Masatô Ibu ... Motohiko Sugiura
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Yoshino Yoshizawa
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Takuji Miyagawa
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Government Official
Kôichi Yamadera ... Kid's TV Host
Yûsaku Yara ... Narrator
Kôji Katô Kôji Katô ... Water department guy
Tsutomu Kitagawa ... Gojira
Minoru Watanabe Minoru Watanabe ... Megagirasu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô ... Janitor
Masaaki Tezuka Masaaki Tezuka ... Teacher
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Storyline

Godzilla returns to terrorize Japan! This time, however, Japan has two new weapons to defend themselves. The Gryphon, a high-tech ship, and the Dimension Tide, a device that creates artificial black holes! During a test of the Dimension Tide, eggs appear in the city of Shibuya and hatch into terrifying Meganurons! These creatures need water to grow and flood the city of Shibuya by breaking underground water veins. As they multiply and grow, they start to feed on the energy of humans. After gathering enough energy, they transform in to giant dragonfly monsters called Meganuras! And now they target Godzilla for energy to feed to the larva of their queen, which eventually hatches into the terrifying 60-meter Megaguirus who also begins to attack Godzilla for his energy. Now a 3-way battle between Godzilla, the Megaguirus, and humans begins! Will Godzilla win? Will humanity survive? Written by <agent-005@usa.net>

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The lovable slacker scientist Kudo Hajime wears a Chicago Cubs baseball cap throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

The first use of Dimension Tide the singularity Godzilla looks straight up at it.Even though it is a direct hit then after detonation it is revealed he buried himself. See more »

Crazy Credits

A second ending begins at the end of the closing credits: At school, the little boy Jun had finished his bug collection, and his teacher tells him to put it back in his lab. Once he does just that, an earthquake shakes the school, and looking through the window in the school lab, Jun hears a familiar monster roar! See more »

Connections

Follows Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fury Of Godzilla
from Gojira vs. Mekagojira (1993)
Composed by Akira Ifukube
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GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS – Middling Godzilla but better than G2000
15 December 2001 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

The Godzilla series came to a dramatic end with the death of Godzilla (after 22 films and 41 years) in GODZILLA VS. DESTROYER (spelled in the U.S. release as DESTOROYAH) in 1995. The survival of little Godzilla, grown up from Baby Godzilla in the two previous films, paved the way for a sequel. Instead, sequel plans were squelched by Sony's planned American version, which came out in 1998, and Toho Pictures instead produced a series of three new Mothra movies. After Godzilla fans expressed supreme disappointment with the Hollywood remake, Toho revived the franchise in Japan with GODZILLA 2000, which dispensed with all of the history and events of every Godzilla movie since the first one and was touted by Toho as a sequel to the very first Godzilla movie (1954). Some Godzilla fans bought this and some didn't, causing great debate over the film's merits or lack thereof. Leaving aside the issue of where the film fits in the Godzilla timeline, G2K still came up short in the areas of monster battles and urban destruction. MEGAGUIRUS is a half-hearted effort to keep the franchise alive until someone can come up with new ideas. It offers a bit more action and urban rampage than G2K and features a couple of no-nonsense women as the leading characters. It has no real relation to any other Godzilla movies and simply treats Godzilla as a monster menace who needs to be stopped at all costs.

The military and government agencies charged with the task of stopping the Big G come up with a device called Dimension Tide that's designed to create a black hole that will presumably suck in Godzilla. In the course of testing it, they somehow create giant dragonflies which morph into an awkward, clunky, flying insectoid monster dubbed Megaguirus by some handy old male scientist whose only role in the film is to tell us this. Before the morphing, the dragonflies invade Tokyo, causing a devastating flood which inundates the Shibuya district. What causes the dragonflies to transform into the monster is never explained. G and MegaG eventually battle it out in Tokyo to great destructive effect.

The human cast is, thankfully, rather small and they keep to their assigned roles efficiently, in contrast to the overbearing busybodies in G2K who kept getting into G's face (sometimes literally!). Interestingly, the two female lead characters, one an officer (Misato Tanaka) devoted to neutralizing Godzilla, and the other an older scientist (Yuriko Hoshi) overseeing the Dimension Tide project, dominate the action with their resolute behavior and forceful personalities. The actresses are quite good and one wishes they'd been given a little more to do with their characters (but not too much).

While this film decidedly breaks no new ground, it does offer enough action and destruction to please the less discriminating Godzilla fans. Although its effects are not sophisticated enough for the jaded palates of today's JURASSIC PARK-weaned monster fans, the film's bursts of imagination might well surprise them.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,300,000 (estimated)
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Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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