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Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

Gojira X Mekagojira (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 14 December 2002 (Japan)
After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast.

Directors:

Masaaki Tezuka, Katsumune Ishida (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Wataru Mimura (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumiko Shaku ... Akane Yashiro
Shin Takuma ... Tokumitsu Yuhara
Kana Onodera Kana Onodera ... Sara Yuhara
Kô Takasugi Kô Takasugi ... JSDF Lieutenant Togashi
Yûsuke Tomoi Yûsuke Tomoi ... JSDF 2nd Lieutenant Hayama
Jun'ichi Mizuno Jun'ichi Mizuno ... JSDF 1st Lieutenant Sekine
Akira Nakao ... 2003 Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi
Kumi Mizuno ... 1999 Prime Minister Machiko Tsuge
Takeo Nakahara ... JSDF Chief Hitoyanagi
Yoshikazu Kanou Yoshikazu Kanou ... Hishinuma
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... General Dobashi
Akira Shirai Akira Shirai ... Shinji Akamatsu
Midori Hagio Midori Hagio ... Kaoru Yamada
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Gorou Kanno
Shinji Morisue Shinji Morisue ... JSDF 1st Lieutenant Hayama
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Storyline

To protect Japan from yet another monster attack, this time from a new and malevolent member of the Godzilla (Gojira) species, the Japanese government creates a human-piloted cyborg, codenamed Kiriyu, using the skeleton of the original Godzilla (Gojira) that attacked Japan in 1954. Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@attbi.com>

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The Battle of the Century! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Takehiro Murata: Man picking up cans. Murata has had roles in numerous Godzilla films, including the lead role in Godzilla 2000 (1999) ("Godzilla 2000"). See more »

Goofs

In the blackout, all the lights go out, even the cars. See more »

Quotes

[Hayama sees Akane and Dr. Yuhara sitting together at a coffee bar]
JSDF 2nd Lieutenant Hayama: [to Akane] You seem to have a lot of older fans. Are you giving off some kind of pheromone?
Tokumitsu Yuhara: [stands up] How dare you!
JSDF 2nd Lieutenant Hayama: [Pushes him away] Piss off!
Akane Yashiro: [Akane hits Hayama in the back and pins him to the table] Hayama... that's enough.
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Monster faces Machine once again!
23 March 2012 | by kevinxirauSee all my reviews

Now this is definitely cool. At this time, Toho is once again reviving some of their classic creatures to costar with the King of the Monsters, this time the mechanical doppleganger Mechagodzilla. Like the other films of the Millennium series, this one is a direct sequel to the 1954 classic, but it also makes references to other classic Toho films. Get ready to crumble because this is Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla!

Plot: Nearly fifty years after the attack on Tokyo back in 1954, a second Godzilla creature has risen from the depths to challenge mankind. Desperate, the government assembles the greatest minds of Japan to create a weapon to defeat the beast: the cyborg monster Mechagodzilla (also called Kiryu for some reason). Piloting the massive mech is Akane Yashiro, a fairly complicated woman struggling to find her place in the world. But when Mechagodzilla starts to have a few nasty glitches, can the government find a way to bring it under control? It all leads up to the thrilling building-smashing showdown between Godzilla and his mechanical double.

This is a fine entry to the giant-sized series. The Godzilla suit is fantastic, one of the best ever and Godzilla himself is an awesome force of destruction. Mechagodzilla has an impressive design, a cool set of weaponry, and is actually given something of a personality. Most of the effects and miniatures are excellent and the action scenes are a true delight to watch.

The human characters are actually pretty interesting, which is something one hardly gets in the Godzilla films. Akane is surprisingly complex and has lots of good emotional qualities. She's kind, sympathetic, tough, and level-headed, which makes her far more superior to the arrogant and vengeful female lead of "Godzilla vs Megaguirus." The other characters are good to like Dr. Yuhara and his daughter who befriend Akane. Dialog between the characters is fairly top-notch, hardly any exaggeration even in the English dubbing. I just wish that they'd stop calling Mechagodzilla "Kiryu."

While this movie may leave you wishing for a little more, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is a satisfying entry in the classic Toho film series. At least it has a sequel (Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S.) unlike the other Millennium films. Overall, not bad so check it out. All hail the King of the Monsters.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 December 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,122,958
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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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