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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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Masaaki Tezuka
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Cast

Cast overview:
Misato Tanaka Misato Tanaka ... Kiriko Tsujimori
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Hajime Kudo
Masatô Ibu ... Motohiko Sugiura
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Yoshino Yoshizawa
Toshiyuki Nagashima 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
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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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Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Toho continued their tradition of casting actors from their science fiction films of the 1950s and 1960s. The character of Yoshino Yoshizawa is played by Yuriko Hoshi who had previously starred as Yoka in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) and as Naoko (a completely different character) in the sequel Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964). See more »

Goofs

Naturally, the explanation given for the existence of Megaguirus is completely unscientific. Though there existed an ancient insect called Meganeura (on which the titular monster was based), it never grew to the size of the gigantic creature that we see in the movie. In reality, its wingspan was less than three feet. 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 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Decision Of Godzilla
from Gojira vs. Desutoroiâ (1995)
Composed by Akira Ifukube
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crazy fun with The Big G
1 March 2005 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

I avoided this movie for months; most online reviews I read were negative, and it just had a bad stench about it. But then my ever-wise brother recommended it, and I'm glad he did.

It's fun - damn fun. Where else can you see Godzilla besieged by giant dragonflies, or cool visuals like a half-submerged city and a woman riding on Godzilla's purple-tinged spines? Many of the special effects shots are a touch sloppy in execution (obvious CGI is rampant), but they're tremendously imaginative in concept. So, improbably enough, they work.

Megaguirus is a cool opponent for Godzilla, and their climatic battle is practically high comedy. Both monsters get great reaction shots and some particularly nasty moves. In one infamous - but quite amusing - shot, Godzilla wallops Megaguirus with a leaping tackle that evokes the wrestling maneuvers of his 1960s-70s movies. Fans who complain that too many of the Big G's more recent battles have been decided by "beam contests" should delight in the wacky grappling on display here.

The human characters have interesting motivations, and are even allowed to be selfish, which is a nice change of pace from the preachy and saintly types you usually get in these movies. There's even a cute kid who manages not to be annoying. In short, it's all good - I like the silly monsters AND the incredibly earnest humans AND the totally insane visual effects. All these ingredients add up to a rare Godzilla feast.

Now I'm more jazzed than ever to see "Final Wars"!


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