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Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 December 2001 (Japan)
Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Director:

Shûsuke Kaneko

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Keiichi Hasegawa (as Kei'ichi Hasegawa), Shûsuke Kaneko | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiharu Niiyama Chiharu Niiyama ... Yuri Tachibana (BS Digital Q reporter)
Ryûdô Uzaki Ryûdô Uzaki ... SDF Adm. Taizô Tachibana
Masahiro Kobayashi Masahiro Kobayashi ... Teruaki Takeda (science writer)
Shirô Sano ... Haruki Kadokura (Yuri's boss)
Takashi Nishina Takashi Nishina ... AD Aki Maruo
Kaho Minami ... SDF Intelligence Capt. Kumi Emori
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... SDF L:t. Gen. Katsumasa Mikumo (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Kunio Murai Kunio Murai ... SDF HQ Secretary Masato Hinogaki
Hiroyuki Watanabe ... Yutaka Hirose
Shingo Katsurayama Shingo Katsurayama ... SDF Intelligence Maj. Tokihiko Kobayakawa
Toshikazu Fukawa Toshikazu Fukawa ... Adjutant Miyashita
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hideyo Amamoto ... Prof. Hirotoshi Isayama the Prophet
Nobuaki Kakuda Nobuaki Kakuda ... Commanding Sector officer (as Nobuo Kakuda)
Takafumi Matsuo Takafumi Matsuo ... Mototsu Station police officer
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Strange incidents occur when an American submarine has been destroyed by a mysterious force at sea off the shores of Guam. Only Admiral Tachibana was certain that behind the disaster was none other than the destructive King of the Monsters, Godzilla! 50 years after his attack on Tokyo in 1954, Godzilla has mysteriously returned to life to destroy Japan, and General Tachibana, whose parents died in the monster's destructive wake, was prepared for his return to protect Japan from yet another tragic disaster, but is dismissed by the overly confident Japanese government, who underestimate Godzilla's power. But to further prove Tachibana's claim, his daughter Yuri, who works for the TV news program "Digital Q," investigates strange phenomena in three separate areas in Japan (two of which involve the deaths of immoral youths), and meets a mysterious old man named Isayama, who proclaims that aside from his infamous nuclear origins, Godzilla is an accumulation of vengeful souls (of both ... Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@comcast.net>

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Saigo ni ikinokoru no wa dare da!? (Who will be the last to survive!?) See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 December 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sogougeki See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 257,450,000 (Japan), 16 December 2001
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Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (USA) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mothra was also revamped. Like Ghidorah, Mothra is portrayed as being far smaller than normal and looking more like a Butterfly than a Moth. Her poison powder and hurricane wind attacks were removed, and were replaced with a burst of stingers fired from her abdomen. In addition, Mothra's fairy servants, the Shobijin, are dropped completely, (though a homage exists in the form of twins from Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys who look up in awe at Mothra as she flies overhead). See more »

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Arranged by Hiroshi Kumagai
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Well, I was kinda disappointed...
26 October 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

The rap among Big-G. fans is that this is - as one reviewer put it - "the best of the best". And after reading about the historical-spiritual content of the plot, I really had high hopes for it.

But I was disappointed. Because my hopes were so high, my disappointment may be clouding my judgment; but the problem is simple: at the beginning of the film, there's a great to-do made about Godzilla representing the souls of those slain in WWII, and also a subplot initiated, about Mothra, Ghidorah and Baragon being mythic protectors of Japan.

But, ultimately, not much of this is used to tie up any of the narrative threads; and the issues get more confused as the film progresses and it becomes unclear whether the problem of the past is what actually happened, or whether it is simply that the government was dishonest about it.

The issues do introduce the monsters and get them into battle. And then, at the end of each battle - especially the last - the mythic element is brought back into play to account for some highly impressive special effects. This is no doubt the most sophisticated special effects display we've seen in any Godzilla movie, and it is way better than the trashy cgi show of the American Godzilla rip-off of '98.

I like the special effects, and it's always a pleasure to see the Big Green Guy (looking nastier in this movie than he ever has) knock down a few buildings and kick monster butt. I also appreciate the humor, e.g., the "Blair Witch" parody. The acting is very effective all around, and the direction is above par for the series. Still, really, this film has a tad less "spiritual" clout than "Godzilla vs. Mothra" - and I'm referring to the 1960s version (AKA "vs. the Thing"). Partly this is because the story seems to be struggling for a compromise: the stupidities of the past are counter-balanced with the social stupidities of the present - many of the victims of the monster mêlée suffer because they wander into the battle zone like tourists, unable to comprehend the destructive forces around them. The point is well taken; but it's unclear what the long range consequences of this might be. None of the loose ends are tied up - not even the meaning of Godzilla's ever-beating heart (which we know, from countless other films, is actually a nuclear reactor).

And just as a side note, I REALLY object to Ghidorah being portrayed as a "good" monster - the beast is utterly brainless, that's what makes watching Big G. slap him around so much fun.

I just feel that more effort was needed on the story, even if at the expense of the special effects.


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