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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.

Director:

Ryûhei Kitamura

Writers:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

Saraba, Gojira! (Farewell, Godzilla!) 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (International Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Whereas the regular monster Mothra appears once again, this film marks the long-awaited return of Toho Monsters that have not been seen in decades, including Anguirus (last seen in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)), Rodan (last seen in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)), and Gigan (not seen since Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)). Kumonga (Spiga) and Manda were last seen in Destroy All Monsters (1968), and Kamacuras (Gimantis) and Godzilla's son Minilla were last seen in All Monsters Attack (1969). There are also returns from monsters not seen since their first appearances, such as Ebirah (from Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), not counting his stock-footage appearance in All Monsters Attack (1969)!), Hedorah (from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) ) and King Caesar (from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)). 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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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the old "TohoScope" Toho logo (which was used in Toho's widescreen films from 1957 to the mid-60s). See more »

Connections

Follows Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Godzilla's Coming To Town!!
("Gojira ga Machi ni Yattekuru'!!")
Performed by Bank$ Feat. Halcali
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A fitting end
8 April 2005 | by Newski_the_HippieSee all my reviews

If this is the last Godzilla as said, then I can say the series had a good run and ended on a high note. Perhaps not the highest note possible, this is a very flawed film. However, it is the second best in the Millennium series (next to Megaguiras).

If you read my Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla review, than you can easily see why i say so. Many of this series have had this annoying habit of having about thirty minutes of plot, then an hour of monster combat. This one gives equal time to storyline and action sequences.

No matter how short, the monster battles are always entertaining, the high point being a fight between Mothra and Gigan. This battle is relatively quick but still very entertaining. Gigan is one of the most powerful foes in the movie, and it was good to see Mothra getting to fight the second most important monster.

Monster X looked like something that would be creepy if it was human size, or maybe a little taller, and crept around in the shadows of a space station. However it didn't matter when he was easily the most powerful monster in the film (or, at least could transform into it).

The human battles were all done very well, accept for an annoying motorcycle chase which had the dumbest use of Matrix style special effects I have ever seen. However, many disappointed fans exaggerate the Matrix influence. It is clearly there in the action scenes, don't get me wrong, but other than the one I mentioned they are well crafted fight scenes.

I rather not talk about the film's flaws, after all, when they are flaws you find in any action film, what are you going to get from going over them. And that in itself is a flaw: This is an action film. Don't expect a monster movie, it is an action film that happens to have a lot of the action being done by monsters.

With an ending that could bring a tear to one's eye. So the Godzilla series (presumably) ends on a good note, much better than Godzilla vs. Destroyah (Terror of Mechagodzilla was not an ending in my opinion). This is a film to be enjoyed, and should have a place in your collection. Its the movie that every now and then you might just want to pop in the DVD player, just because.

***/**** stars


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