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Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (original title)
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Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.

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Ryûhei Kitamura

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Isao Kiriyama (screenplay), Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masahiro Matsuoka Masahiro Matsuoka ... Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin'ichi Ôzaki
Rei Kikukawa Rei Kikukawa ... UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi
Don Frye Don Frye ... Douglas Gordon
Maki Mizuno Maki Mizuno ... Newscaster Anna Otonashi
Kazuki Kitamura ... The Controller of Planet X
Kane Kosugi ... M-Facility Soldier Katsunori Kazama
Kumi Mizuno Kumi Mizuno ... Earth Defense Force Commander Akiko Namikawa
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... UN Secretary General Naotarô Daigo
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Paleontologist Hachirô Jingûji
Masakatsu Funaki Masakatsu Funaki ... M-Unit Commanding Officer Kumasaka
Masami Nagasawa ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Chihiro Ôtsuka)
Wataru Shihôdô Wataru Shihôdô ... Major Kita
Kenta Suga Kenta Suga ... Kenta Taguchi
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Samon Taguchi
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Storyline

When the aliens Xilians invade Earth, they release monsters to destroy the big cities. The Earth Defense Force formed by mutants is incapable to defeat the creatures. Commander Douglas Gordon decides to unleash Godzilla that has been trapped for many years to fight against the monsters. Godzilla becomes the last hope on Earth to vanquish the evil aliens and the powerful Gigan. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Gojira Gojû Shûnen Kinen Sakuhin (Godzilla 50th Anniversary Commemoration Production) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan | Australia | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

4 December 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla: Final Wars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 191,238,761 (Japan), 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,167,302
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Godzilla takes on Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar at once. These three monsters were allies of Godzilla in the Showa era (1954-1975) of the Godzilla series. See more »

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In the non-dubbed version Captain Gordon speaks only English, everyone else speaks only Japanese, yet they all seem to understand each other and carry on with no explanation given or acknowledgment of the fact that they are speaking different languages. See more »

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Narrator: Wars and pollution, relentless fighting and environmental destruction, have all awakened vicious monsters. Humankind therefore joins forces with one another in order to drive off the monsters, instead of killing each other. Thus, the Earth Defense Force is born. Meanwhile, a new race of humans with supernatural abilities, called mutants, was discovered around the globe. The Earth Defense Force gathers them and puts them into a league called the M Organization. Their greatest enemy ...
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A Return to Form for Godzilla, A Depature For The Series
16 April 2005 | by ChadKuhnsSee all my reviews

For those who love to see Godzilla as the true, unstoppable King of Monsters, GFW is a true return to form. Godzilla has never seemed stronger, or been portrayed as more of a force to be reckoned with. However, it is this, and only this that seems to find familiar ground with the rest of the series.

Godzilla:Final Wars is a drastic and puzzling step in a different direction for the Godzilla franchise. While TOHO should be given credit for being willing to take their creation and franchise in a different direction, they should also be more careful in the manner to which they do so.

Godzilla: Final Wars feels like many different movies in one, and by this I do not mean any of the films to which it owes it's inspiration. At times, the film feels like it is a pure action take on the King of Monsters. At other times, it feels like it is an exercise in camp excess. But it is these two varying points that makes Godzilla: Final Wars both hard to classify, and hard to comprehend. The film suffers from not having a set mood, or set atmosphere for the viewer to really settle into. The plot and atmosphere simply take too many turns too many times for the viewer to get comfortable with the film.

I won't go into too many plot details, as I don't want to ruin the film or any of it's points for those who have yet to see it. But briefly, this film takes a cue from the Godzilla films of the Showa era and brings back the Xilians, once again bent on world domination.

GFW features a huge all star cast of kaiju. However, the shear number of kaiju may be impressive, their appearances are not always of the same result. Kaiju such as Hedorah, King Seesar, and yes Minilla are sorely out of place in this film, or if nothing else, sorely misused. While I applaud Ryuhei Kitamura for casting a kaiju all star cast, I feel that fewer monsters would have sufficed had they been given more screen time, and stayed a little truer to form.

However some of the films kaiju make truly great returns, most notably Rodan, Angillas, and most importantly..Gigan. These three monsters are my personal favorites in Godzilla Final Wars. Rodan looks better than ever, and while the monsters screen time and fight time are limited, it makes a fantastic impact during a scene in NYC. Angillas, a long time favorite of so many GFAN's, is given his respect in GFW. The monsters new design is fantastic, and the kaiju maintains its beloved fighting spirit and comes complete with some new tricks to boot. However, it is Gigan that steals the show. Gigan returns to the Godzilla franchise, and in many respects does so in the wrong forum. This Gigan deserved a chance to face Godzilla in it's own movie. The new design is amazing, sleek and deadly, with new weapons, and old weapons never before seen.

Overall, Godzilla Final Wars is an entertaining film, but it is certainly not the best of the Millennium Series, nor the best movie it could have been given the talent and resources at it's disposal. The film is an interesting take on the Godzilla franchise, but note the farewell that the Big G deserves. If TOHO were smart, they would allow Godzilla his time away from the screen, and take some of their newly revamped kaiju and give them their chances at real screen time in some new adventures.


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